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Diana Gould Menuhin.

Lady Menuhin, widow of the great violinist and British musical leader Lord Yehudi Menuhin, died January 25, 2003, in London. She was a hostess and considerable figure in musical London, but before her marriage in 1947 and her subsequent retirement from the stage, she was one of the pioneer dancers of British ballet.

Born in London on November 12, 1912, she was one of the first important students of Marie Rambert, and in 1926, she became an initial member of Rambert's small performing group. Her mother took her to study with Lubov Egorova in Paris, but it was at the Rambert Studio that Gould, a striking beauty, attracted the attention of Serge Diaghilev in 1928. In events that were closely fictionalized in the movie The Red Shoes, Diaghilev visited Rambert and saw Gould dancing in Frederick Ashton's Leda, partnered by the choreographer.

Gould, at 14, was too young to join Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, and in a year her hopes were dashed by the impresario's death in 1929. Gould did continue to dance at Ballet Club, creating roles in certain Ashton ballets, including Capriol Suite, and working with Antony Tudor in Atalanta of the East and The Planets, and Ninette de Valois in Bar aux Folies-Bergere. She also danced with Balanchine's Ballets 1933 and Colonel de Basil's Ballets Russes.

From 1935 to 1937 she was a soloist with the Markova-Dolin Ballet, then during the early years of WWII she joined the Arts Theatre Ballet, giving matinee performances during the Blitz. Before her marriage, she also appeared occasionally as an actress. She is survived by two sons and a stepson and stepdaughter.
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Author:Barnes, Clive
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Date:Jun 1, 2003
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