Irina Baronova was born in Petrograd, Russia in 1919 and made her stage debut at the Paris Opera when she was eleven years old!
These three were known as the BABY BALLERINAS.
She starred in Swan Lake at fourteen.
Work it, girl.
She retired from dancing professionally at 27 and began an acting career in the forties in HOLLYWOOD.
I adore this clip of her showing dancers how to mime.
What a life!
P.S. Irina's daughter Victoria is an English actress and was married to Steve Martin for 8 years. She is also the goddaughter of Laurence Olivier (WHO I DESPISE).