Suzanne

Suzanne

[soo-zan]
Lenglen, Suzanne, 1899-1938, French tennis player. She won the world hard-court singles and doubles titles in 1914. She was champion of French women's singles (1920-23, 1925-26) and one of the winners of women's doubles (1925-26); from 1919 to 1923 and again in 1925 she won the British women's singles crowns and was also a doubles champion. In 1920 she took the tennis honors of the Olympic games at Antwerp. She turned professional in 1926 and played in the United States in 1927. She wrote Lawn Tennis (1925), Lawn Tennis for Girls (1930), and Tennis by Simple Exercises (1937).
Valadon, Suzanne, 1867-1938, French painter. After abandoning successful careers as an acrobat and as artist's model to many of the major impressionists, Valadon, encouraged by Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas, became a painter. Her fresh, intensely personal works, including landscapes, nudes, and portraits, are executed in vibrant colors with heavy black outlines. Valadon was the mother of the painter Maurice Utrillo.
Farrell, Suzanne, 1945-, American ballet dancer, b. Cincinnati, Ohio, as Roberta Sue Ficker. After studying in her hometown and at the School of American Ballet, she joined the New York City Ballet. Balanchine, recognizing the emotional depth of her performances, created several roles for her in Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Meditation (1963), and Don Quixote (1965). From 1970 to 1974 she was a member of Béjart's Ballet of the 20th Century. In 1974 she returned to the New York City Ballet, where she resumed her role as Balanchine's muse and danced in many of his works including Schumann's Davidsbundlertanze and Tizane as well as in Jerome Robbins's Concerto in G and others. Farrell became a teacher at the company after her retirement in 1989. Her strained relations with City Ballet's director, her former partner Peter Martins, ultimately ended in her dismissal in 1993. Since then she has taught Balanchine's ballets, technique, and philosophy to dance companies throughout the world. In 1999, Farrell formed a chamber troupe with the backing of the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., and she and her company have toured.

See her autobiography (1991).

orig. Roberta Sue Ficker

(born Aug. 16, 1945, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.) U.S. ballet dancer. She trained at the School of American Ballet and joined the New York City Ballet (NYCB) at age 16, becoming a soloist at age 18. George Balanchine created roles for her in ballets such as Meditation, Don Quixote, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. After several years as principal dancer with Maurice Béjart's Ballet of the 20th Century (1970–75), she returned to the NYCB in 1975 as principal dancer. There she continued to create leading roles until she retired in 1989 and joined the faculty of the School of American Ballet, on which she served until 1993. She later formed her own company, which carried on the Balanchine tradition.

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orig. Roberta Sue Ficker

(born Aug. 16, 1945, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.) U.S. ballet dancer. She trained at the School of American Ballet and joined the New York City Ballet (NYCB) at age 16, becoming a soloist at age 18. George Balanchine created roles for her in ballets such as Meditation, Don Quixote, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. After several years as principal dancer with Maurice Béjart's Ballet of the 20th Century (1970–75), she returned to the NYCB in 1975 as principal dancer. There she continued to create leading roles until she retired in 1989 and joined the faculty of the School of American Ballet, on which she served until 1993. She later formed her own company, which carried on the Balanchine tradition.

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Suzanne of Bourbon (10 May, 149128 April, 1521, Château de Châtellerault) was Duchess of Bourbon and Auvergne from 1503 to her death.

She was daughter of Peter II of Bourbon and Anne of France, daughter of King Louis XI of France.

On 10 May, 1505, at Château du Parc-les-Moulins, Suzanne married her cousin Charles of Bourbon-Montpensier, head of the Montpensier family, a cadet branch of the Bourbons.

By Charles, she had three children:

  • Francis, Count of Clermont. He was born on July 17 1517, and died c.January or February 1518.
  • An unnamed pair of twins. They were born dead, Suzanne having suffered either a miscarriage or a still-birth in the wake of Francis' death.

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