Markova, Dame Alicia, 1910-2004, English ballerina. Her original name was Lilian Alicia Marks. Markova joined Diaghilev's Ballet Russe in 1924 and, in 1931, the Vic-Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet), becoming its first prima ballerina in 1933. In 1935 she formed a company with Anton Dolin. After appearing (1938-41) with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo she danced with Ballet Theatre (1941-44) and other American ballet companies. She worked again with Dolin from 1949 to 1952 in their Festival Ballet company. She was named Dame of the British Empire in 1963, the year she retired from dancing. Markova was noted for her purity of line, precise style, and ethereal grace. She excelled in all the classic roles, and her interpretations of Giselle (her signature role), Pas de Quatre, Petrouchka, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet were exceptionally celebrated. She wrote Giselle and I (1960). After her retirement, she directed the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for six years, taught, and coached, particularly at the Royal Ballet.

Markova: Comfort Gay is a film based on the life of Walter Dempster Jr., the last surviving Filipino comfort gay from World War II. It tells the story of his hardships during his childhood and his travails during the World War II Japanese Occupation. He character was played by actor Dolphy, who played the adult Markova while two of his sons, Eric Quizon and Jeffrey Quizon, played the role of two younger Markovas in two more different phases of his life.


  • Dolphy as Walter Dempster Jr./Walterina Markova (adult years)
  • Eric Quizon as Walterina Markova (during his middle years)
  • Jeffrey Quizon as the young Markova
  • Ricci Chan
  • R.S. Francisco
  • Melvin Lee
  • Loren Legarda
  • Freddie Quizon
  • Ronnie Quizon
  • Andoy Ranay
  • Bearwin Meily as Togo
  • Bembol Roco as Pugo
  • Andrew E. as Chiquito

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