But her remarkable talent and fašade of fastidious primness masked a dark torrent within. Fonteyn's life was the stuff of unimaginable fiction: taken as an underage mistress; married to a Panamanian Ambassador; involved in an attempted coup; the lover of innumerable, often homosexual, public figures; a cultural icon of the swinging sixties; betrayed by her husband's family, and, above all, a dancer of extraordinary physical eloquence and purity - all culminating in this fragile beauty dying a penniless, lonely recluse.
This gripping film uncovers a mountain of archive footage, including memorable performances with Nureyev, and meets with those who danced with her, knew her, and loved her.
Margot FonteynRudolf NureyevRobert Helpmann
Ninette de Valois
Directed and Edited by Tony Palmer
Executive Producer: Authur Reynolds
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