Carla Fracci, the legendary Italian ballerina and actress, teacher, laureate of numerous regalia has died On May 27, at the age of 85 in Milan.

Carla Fracci was born on August 20, 1936 in Milan, Italy. Since early childhood she was engaged in dancing, from nine - on a stage. She entered the ballet school at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan In 1946. Vera Volkova teached her. She was admitted to the troupe of the theater in 1954, two years later she became a soloist, and in 1958 she received prima ballerina’s rank.

At various times, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vladimir Vasiliev, Alexander Godunov, Andris Liepa, and others were her partners.Fracci is the only ballerina in the world who danced Hamlet - in the ballet to the music of Shostakovich.

On screens - since 1970: "Giselle", Russian ballerina Tamara Karsavina in the biographical feature film "Nijinsky", "The True Story of a Lady with Camellias" (Margarita Gauthier), Giuseppina Strepponi in the TV series "Verdi" and other projects.

According to the Italian media, Fracci has recently been struggling with cancer. But she continued to dance and teach until her death.