Anna Pavlova was born on February 12, 1881, in St. Petersburg, Russia. she made her ballet debut in 1899 and quickly became prima ballerina. Her breakthrough performance was in The Dying Swan in 1905, which became her main role. She joined the Ballet Russe in 1909 and formed her own company in 1911. Contracting double pneumonia while on tour, Pavlova died in 1931.
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