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Emma Livry
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    (September 24, 1842-July 26, 1863)
    Born in France
    Prima ballerina, Paris Opera
    Mentee of Marie Taglioni
    She was born out of wedlock to ballerina Celestine Emarot and Baron Charles de Chassiron.
    She refused to fireproof her long 'Romantic tutu' because the flame resistant muslin affected the flow of the fabric and felt stiff.
    During a dance rehearsal, the stage gaslights caught her ballet skirt on fire, burning most of her body, except her face and breasts (November 15, 1862).
    Marie Taglioni agreed to mentor her after witnessing her ethereal performance in 'La Sylphide.'
    What she didn't have in stunning looks, she made up for in elegance and technical acuity.
    She endured eight months of excruciating pain before succumbing to septicemia.

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