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Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina. While touring in The Hague, Pavlova was told that she had pneumonia and required an operation. She was also told that she would never be able to dance again if she went ahead with it. She refused to have the surgery, saying "If I can't dance then I'd rather be dead." She died of pleurisy, three weeks short of her 50th birthday. She was holding her costume from The Dying Swan when she spoke her last words, "Play the last measure very softly."
"Ninguém pode chegar ao topo armado apenas de talento. Deus dá o talento; o trabalho transforma o talento em gênio". Anna Pavlova
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Anna Pavlova at the Castello di Vigoleno, 1925. Photo: Studio fotografico Moreschi.
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"Anna Pavlova" by John Lavery, 1911, kelvingrove art gallery/museum, glasgow