- Born in France in on Dec. 1, 1933 (as Nelly Guillerm).
- She started her career in 1945 with the ballets des Champs-Elysées,
and later joined Roland Petit's
Ballets de Paris to premiere Le Loup (1953).
- She was an etoile of the
New York City Ballet from 1958 to
1977, and was the director of the
Paris Opera Ballet from 1977 to 1980.
- She premiered: