Her Sights Always 'Set on New York,' Dallas-Born Dancer Carolyn George Has Died

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Carolyn George made her Broadway debut in the 1954 revival of Rodgers and Hart's On Your Toes.
This morning's New York Times pays homage to Dallas native Carolyn George d'Amboise -- "a former soloist with the New York City Ballet whose high-flying, witty performances contributed to the young company's early impact in the 1950s." She died Tuesday, at the age of 81, at her and husband Jacques's Manhattan home after a battle with primary lateral sclerosis. And she's being feted far and wide this week: Not only was she a member of City Ballet, but she was a Broadway performer, noted photographer and mother of four, with two of her children, including Charlotte d'Amboise, celebrated performers as well. Her sister, Marilyn Sheffield, still lives in Plano.

Her Texas roots are deep. As The Times notes:
[She] was descended from some of the first settlers in Waco, Tex. Her achievements and aspirations were regularly chronicled by Dallas newspapers. But as she recalled later, "I had my sights set on New York." Interviewed in the Dallas Times Herald in 1959, the year she left City Ballet, she noted that since there were no professional dance companies in Dallas, "the only professional experience I had before trying a dancing career was gained in Dallas summer musicals."

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