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April 10, 2021

Norwegian Classic Beauty: 40 Glamorous Photos of Vera Zorina in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1917 as Eva Brigitta Hartwig in Berlin and brought up in Kristiansund, Vera Zorina was a Norwegian ballerina, theatre and film actress, and choreographer. At the age of 12, she was presented to Max Reinhardt, who cast her in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1929) and Tales of Hoffman (1931).

One of Zorina’s major stage roles was in the 1938 Rodgers and Hart musical I Married an Angel. Today, she is chiefly remembered for her films choreographed by her then-husband George Balanchine. They include the Slaughter on Tenth Avenue sequence from On Your Toes, The Goldwyn Follies, I Was an Adventuress with Erich Von Stroheim and Peter Lorre, Louisiana Purchase with Bob Hope, and dancing to “That Old Black Magic” in Paramount Pictures’ Star Spangled Rhythm.

Zorina died in 2004 at the age 86.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Vera Zorina in the 1930s and 1940s.


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