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Ballerina Violette Verdy performs in
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Ballerina Violette Verdy performs in "Giselle" in Paris on Oct. 27, 1972. Verdy, the French-born New York City Ballet star and one of the leading ballerinas of the 20th century, who was also the first female director of the Paris Opera Ballet and a distinguished dance professor, died Feb. 8, 2016. She was 82. Newsday's obituary for Violette Verdy
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