George Negus Tonight - Marilyn Rowe
After her celebrated career with the Australian Ballet, which she joined at only seventeen, Marilyn Rowe OBE has come the full circle. Today she's the director of the internationally hailed Australian Ballet School, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. In the '70s Marilyn was a prima ballerina during the so-called 'golden years', a time when Dame Peggy van Praagh and Robert Helpmann were the AB's artistic directors. She's danced with the greats, including the likes of Fonteyn and Nureyev and even starred with the Bolshoi.
Following the tragic loss of her first husband at the height of her dancing prowess, Marilyn cut short her career to await the birth of her firstborn. She was moved to return to the Australian Ballet as its artistic adviser. Today, she juggles the demands of being at the helm of the ballet school with her private life as the sole parent of two young men. So how and when did this remarkable Australian develop her passion for dance?
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