Leslie Browne

Dancer, Choreographer, Actor
The daughter of dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, Leslie Browne followed in her parents' footsteps, performing first with the New York City Ballet before joining the American Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 1976 ... Read more »
Born: 06/29/1957 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

A Tudor Evening With American Ballet Theatre 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancers 1987 (Movie)

Nadine (Actor)

Nijinsky 1980 (Movie)

Romola DePulsky (Actor)

American Ballet Theatre 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

Emilia Rogers (Actor)
Other (1)

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

choreography("Vortex") (Choreographer)

Biography

The daughter of dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, Leslie Browne followed in her parents' footsteps, performing first with the New York City Ballet before joining the American Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 1976. Soon after, the petite, attractive brunette made her feature debut as Shirley MacLaine's daughter embarking on a dancing career in Herbert Ross' "The Turning Point" (1977), earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Although she would appear in two more films directed by Ross, "Nijinsky" (1980, as a worshipful Hungarian aristocrat who marries the titular dancer despite his homosexuality) and "Dancers" (1987, reteaming with Mikhail Baryshnikov from "The Turning Point"), Browne proved too lightweight a performer. She was clearly miscast in the former while the latter stressed what she did best--dance. She has appeared on the small screen as a dancer in PBS presentations like "American Ballet Theatre" (1978), "Ballanchine and Cunningham: An Evening at American Ballet Theatre" (1988), "Baryshnikov Dances Ballanchine with American Ballet Theatre" (1989) and "A Tudor Evening with American Ballet Theatre" (1990). In 1993, Browne made her Broadway musical debut as the prima ballerina in the ill-fated stage adaptation of "The Red Shoes" (which teamed her with "Nijinsky" co-star George de la Pena). More recently, she has divided her time between performing and choreographing works for up-and-coming dancers.

Relationships

Kelly Browne

Father
danced with the American Ballet Theatre

Isabel Browne

Mother
danced with the American Ballet Theatre

EDUCATION

New York City Ballet School

New York , New York
studied for one year before joining the company

School of American Ballet

New York , New York

Professional Children's School

New York , New York

Phoenix School of Ballet

Phoenix , Arizona

Milestones

1999

Returned to the NYC stage in Off-Broadway production of "Train Stories"

1997

Danced in "The Nutcracker" in Hawaii

1993

Had featured role as the prima ballerina in the ill-fated stage musical "The Red Shoes", directed by Stanley Donen

1987

Third picture with Ross, "Dancers"

1986

Appointed a principal dancer at ABT

1980

Portrayed Romola de Pulsky, the dancer's wife, in Ross' biopic "Nijinsky"

1977

Earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her film debut as Shirley MacLaine's daughter in Herbert Ross' "The Turning Point"

1976

Joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist

Moved to NYC at the age of 16 to study ballet

Performed with New York City Ballet for a year and a half

Raised in Phoenix, Arizona

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