90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, May 6, 2013

Remembering Ballet Star Frederic Franklin

This 1939 photo supplied by Geller/Goldfine Productions shows Frederic Franklin, center background, George Zoritch, center, and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in their production of "Rouge et Noir," which was choreographed by Leonide Massine. Franklin died Saturday at the age of 98. (AP)

This 1939 photo supplied by Geller/Goldfine Productions shows Frederic Franklin, center background, George Zoritch, center, and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in their production of “Rouge et Noir,” which was choreographed by Leonide Massine. Franklin died Saturday at the age of 98. (AP)

Frederic Franklin, who performed well into his 90s, is being remembered today.

Known simply as “Freddie” the ballet world, Franklin got his start in dance in his native England.

But he became a star with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and his famed partnership with Russian prima ballerina Alexandra Danilova, who upon meeting him warned him “Young man, if you are going to dance with me, you must learn where my curves are.” As the New York Times in its obituary today put it, he did learn, and they danced together for many years. His charm, grace and good humor were on display at Jacob’s Pillow in 2006 when Here & Now‘s Lynn Menegon sat down with him.


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 16 Comment

ER Doctor Looks Back A Year After Marathon Bombing

Dr. Ron Medzon, an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center, recalls treating victims injured in the bombing.

April 16 33 Comments

Tensions Build In San Francisco Amid Tech Boom

As San Francisco experiences a historic economic boom, some activists say not all city residents are reaping the benefits.

April 15 8 Comments

4 Lamb Recipes, Plus Lamb Cooking Tips

With the weather getting warmer, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst is thinking lamb. She shares recipes for Middle Eastern-style lamb meatballs and more.

April 15 14 Comments

The Problem With U.S. Tax Policies

Tax expert David Cay Johnston says it's easy to fool the IRS, but there's one catch: "you have to be rich." He says outdated tax policies are hurting the economy.