Carla Fracci (published 1982)
Fracci discusses her first appearance on stage as a singer in La Boheme at age 10, and the inspiration of seeing Margot Fonteyn in Sleeping Beauty at age 12.
Fracci was born in Milan in 1936. She joined La Scala Theatre Ballet in 1954, and appeared with the Royal Ballet, the London Festival Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. She is known for her interpretations of romantic roles such as Giselle and John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet and has parterned with Erik Bruhn, Mikhail Barishnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Vladimir Vasiliev, and Henning Kronstam. Her famous performance of Giselle with Erik Bruhn was filmed in 1969. She has served as ballet director in Naples, Verona, and the Balletto dell'Opera di Roma. In 2004, Fracci was named Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.