ZORINA, VERA (1917-2003)
German-born (but raised in Norway) ballerina, theater and film actor and choreographer. Chiefly remembered for her films choreographed by her then-husband George Balanchine. Born Eva Brigitta Hartwig.
SIG – Vintage fountain pen ink signature on a pale green album leaf. Professionally matted with a 8”x10” black and white glossy glamour image.
Her theatrical credits include: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (On Your Toes); The Goldwyn Follies; I Was An Adverturess; Louisiana Purchase; That Old Black Magic and Star Spangled Rhythm.
At age 12, Eva was presented to Max Reinhardt who cast her in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1929) and Tales of Hoffman. A performance at London’s Gaiety Theatre won her an invitation to join the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1933, at which time she adopted the stage name Vera Zorina. The company only wanted Russian names and she was given a list of 20 and chose the last name because she could pronounce it. A few years later she attained a lead role in the London production of On Your Toes and was seen by American film producer Samuel Goldwyn, who signed her to a seven-year film contract.