After Yale expelled him, he moved to New Orleans where he studied law and eventually passed the bar exam. A founder of the Illinois Central Railroad, a state legislator, and a planter who owned slaves until he sold his plantation inJudah Benjamin was elected to the United States Senate from Louisiana in When the slave states seceded inConfederate President Jefferson Davis appointed Benjamin as Attorney-General, making him the first Jew to hold a Cabinet-level office in an American government and the only Confederate Cabinet member who did not own slaves.
Born in in New York City, she was the daughter of William Churchill de Mille, a famous playwright, and Anna George, the daughter of the distinquished economist and "single tax" advocate, Henry George. He took as his partner David Belasco, one of the most successful producer-director-playwrights of the early days of this century.
About this time her mother and father divorced, and her mother came back to New York to start a new life with Agnes and her sister Margaret.
Margaret went to Barnard College and Agnes started her long search for success as a dancer. Unable to find employment in the theatre, she composed dances for herself-- also arranging the music and designing the costumes-- and gave a series of solo dance recitals.
She was hailed by critics but lost considerable money, so she departed, with her mother, to London. There, with Warren Leonard, she gave recitals, again with critical praise but no financial gain.
However, Marie Rambert and Arnold Haskell were sufficiently enthusiastic about her progress to persuade her to return to London the following year to study and continue her recitals, and for the following five years, with brief sojourns back to the United States, she continued her work and her studies in London, strengthening her technique and improving her repertory.
Yehudi Menuhin and later Margot Fonteyn. So although Agnes did not make much money or earn great fame during her sojourn at the Ballet Club, the ambience was of the very best, and she did learn a great deal about creative theater.
The dances were very lovely and brought Agnes some attention, but she later commented that the custom at that time of cutting dances to pieces assured short lives for them.
In November,Miss de Mille returned to take up her performing career in the United States, and she toured the country with Joseph Anthony, later a well-known stage director, and with Sybil Shearer on of the most creative dancers in the country. Then inBallet Theatre now American Ballet Theatre was formed and Miss de Mille was a charter member, creating for the company her inaugural ballet, Black Ritual, with black dancers, the first time this had been done by a serious ballet company.
Black Ritual Creation du Monde--Milhaud was not a success, but in the following year Miss de Mille created Three Virgins and a Devil for the Company, which was a tremendous hit and is still given today to greatly appreciative audiences and critical acclaim.
She herself danced the leading role at the Metropolitan Opera House on October 16,and received twenty-two curtain calls and standing ovations. This triumph, with its Americana setting, led Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein to select her to create the dances for their musical Oklahoma!.
The tremendous success of these two works made American dance history. He was shortly sent overseas for the duration of the war. The wedding and Oklahoma!
The ballet, Talley-Ho was also created at this time. In the Fall of Miss de Mille went to London for work on the film London Town, but actually she had arranged the trip so that she could meet her husband, who was stationed in Germany, and they had the good fortune to be together for two-and-a-half weeks.
Then in August of that year the war was over, her husband was sent back to the United States and she was pregnant. Eventually she, too, returned to this country and in April their son Jonathan de Mille Prude, was born.Agnes de Mille's career was a long, successful, but also turbulent journey through the world of 20th century American theater and ballet.
Born in in New York City, she was the daughter of William Churchill de Mille, a famous playwright, and Anna George, the daughter of the distinquished economist and "single tax" advocate, Henry George. Ruth St. Denis: Ruth St. Denis, American contemporary dance innovator who influenced almost every phase of American dance.
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Get the latest on David Belasco on Fandango. David Belasco was a Jewish American theatrical producer, impresario, director and playwright.
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