Yvette Chauvire

Yvette Chauviré (born April 22, 1917 – October 19, 2016) was a French prima ballerina and actress.

Her dancing career was from 1937 to 1972. She celebrated her 90th birthday in 2007. She was the étoile of the Paris Opera Ballet, and later its director. She is also the holder of the Légion d’Honneur. She is often described as France’s greatest ballerina, and was the coach of prima ballerina Sylvie Guillem.

Chauviré often danced with Rudolph Nureyev, especially when he defected from the Soviet Union to Paris. He described her as a “legend.”