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Serge Lifar was born in Kiev, Russian Empire, on the 2nd of April 1905 and was one of the most well-known male ballet-dancers of the 20th century.

He was trained in Kiev by Bronislava Nijinska and was accepted in the Ballets Russes in 1923. He was described as very handsome and with a tendency to have an out-of-control ego which made him unpopular among his ballet companions.

He eventually became the main ballet dancer of Paris.

Around 1930, he had a two-year intensive affair with Natalie Paley, a Russian Princess who had been gaining a career as a model since her marriage to Lucien Lelong seven years earlier. The affair was ended when she began her noticeable liaison with Jean Cocteau.

He died in 1986.

Serge Lifar with Natalie Paley

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