picture courtesy of Ballerinagallery
Marina Semyonova, the Bolshoi Ballet's prima ballerina for 2 decades during the Soviet era has died. Marina was 102.
Marina joined the Bolshoi Theater in 1930 and was with them till 1952. Her repertoire included "Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake", "Raymonda", "Giselle" and "La Esmeralda".
She was married to Senior Soviet Diplomat, Lev Karakhan, who was executed in 1937 as part of Stalin's purging. Marina was a beautiful and gifted Ballerina, may she rest in peace.