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Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina. While touring in The Hague, Pavlova was told that she had pneumonia and required an operation. She was also told that she would never be able to dance again if she went ahead with it. She refused to have the surgery, saying "If I can't dance then I'd rather be dead." She died of pleurisy, three weeks short of her 50th birthday. She was holding her costume from The Dying Swan when she spoke her last words, "Play the last measure very softly."

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Images of Anna Pavlova

Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, famous for her role as a swan in The Dying Swan, is here shown at her London home, Ivy Lodge in Hampstead, in 1927

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Anna Pavlova -- prima ballerina who invented pointe by darning her ballet slippers --photo by Ira L. Hill 1921

Anna Pavlova as Giselle - 1924 - London Laura Johnson via Kinsey Novak onto dance

This must have been the inspiration for that Bjork dress! Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) and her pet swan, Jack.

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Anna Pavlova, 1927. Theatre Des Champs Elysees, Paris, James Abbe. - Pinned by blocked pinner Deidré Wallace to Dance - Images and Photography - 19.9.2013 - 3 repins 2 likes - http://www.pinterest.com/pin/251568329158673484/

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