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Extra resources for Agnes De Mille (Women in the Arts Series)
When the girls were old enough, Anna took them along when she attended an opera or ballet. When Agnes was five, Anna took her to see a performance that featured the Danish ballerina Adeline Genée. The experience inspired Agnes to enlist the participation of other children and put on her own dance pageants at Merriewold. At that time, though, dance for the young Agnes was just whimsy and child’s play. When she was thirteen, she saw a performance by Anna 45 46 AGNES DE MILLE Pavlova and was immediately mesmerized by the delicate movements of the petite Russian prima ballerina.
William went west, and he enjoyed the change in environment, both geographically and creatively. In a letter to Anna, William wrote, “This particular art is really in its infancy. . ” (Easton, 21) William also found that the Los Angeles area, where Hollywood was located, had much to offer—a pleasant climate, undisturbed desert, a colorful mountain range, endless stretches of orange and olive groves, and the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean nearby. The newness and the refreshing atmosphere made William feel young again, and he looked forward to sharing the experience with his wife and daughters.
Would she ever see New York again? 39 Transformed by a Ballerina 1914 –1919 Anna Pavlova! My life stops as I write that name. . I had witnessed the power of beauty, and in some chamber of my heart I lost forever my irresponsibility. — Agnes de Mille, Dance to the Piper Before he headed west with partners Jesse Lasky and Samuel Goldfish in 1913 to start their film company, Cecil B. de Mille asked his brother for $5,000. William had lent Cecil money for many other ventures that had failed; this time, he politely refused.