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April Olrich Profile

April Olrich
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(Edith April Oelrichs)
17 July 31 is born in Zanzibar, East Africa, to an English communication expert in the British diplomatic service and his American wife.
c. 36 moves with her parents to the Seychelles
c. 39 the family moves to Buenos Aires, Argentina, at age 6
? trains with ballet master Michel Borovsky at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires
c. 45 joins Col. De Basil’s “Original Ballet Russe” at age 12, soon becoming a soloist, and tours South America
27 December 46 visits the States for the first time with her mother, arriving in New York from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aboard the Pocone and tours with the Ballet Russe
47 studies in New York and Paris
49 joins Sadler’s Wells Ballet in London, soon becoming a soloist
September 55 she and fellow dancer Richard Tone promote a current London revue
October 57 starts touring the States for J. Arthur Rank, promoting The Battle of the River Plate, a.k.a. Pursuit of the Graf Spee
20 November 57 tours the US aircraft carrier USS Boxer
November 57 will star in the upcoming British Honeymoon
December 57 columnist Earl Wilson tells that “Brigitte Bardot of France and April Olrich of Uruguay were This Year’s Pretty Bodies...”
Late February 58 her 22,300-mile tour on behalf of The Battle of the River Plate ends in New York
June 58 attends the gala premiere of Frank Sinatra’s King of Kings in Monte Carlo. In her party are the Howard Keels, the Michael Wildings, and Delphi Lawrence.
63 receives rave reviews as Fatima in a revival of The Boys from Syracuse at London’s Drury Lane Theatre
64 joins the South African show Wait a Minim! as comedienne/danseuse at the Fortune Theatre, in London
7 March 66 debuts on Broadway in Wait a Minim!
8 June 66 is awarded the Whitbread Anglo-American Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical Performance; the awards ceremony is held in the Hotel Piccadilly in New York City. Eddie Bracken presents the award to her in the company of Henry Fonda, Vivienne Leigh and Sir John Gielgud.
October 66 her show Wait a Minim! still draws crowds in New York
Mid-January - 3 February 68 is on stage at the Huntington Hartford Theater, Los Angeles, in Wait a Minim!
18 February 68 marries her Wait a Minim! costar, actor Nigel Pegram, on top of Coit Tower, San Francisco. He’s 27; she’s 34. Pegram is a young Rhodesian out of Oxford University.
since 00 presents “The April Olrich Award for Dynamic Performance” each year to a young dancer at The Royal Ballet School in London
09 the Pegrams reside in London
April 14 passes away after a long illness
25 April 14 her funeral service takes place at Putney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium, London
Sources:
April Olrich & Nigel Pegram, Independent, The Salt Lake Tribune, Syracuse Herald-Journal, Delta Democrat-Times, The News, Chester Times, The Anderson Herald, Winnipeg Free Press, Van Nuys News, www.Ancestry.com, pro.Corbis.com
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