Fris, Maria (1932–1961)

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Fris, Maria (1932–1961)

German ballet dancer. Born 1932, in Berlin, Germany; died May 27, 1961, in Hamburg, Germany.

Performed with range of ballet companies in postwar Europe, including Berlin State Opera Ballet, Gsovsky's Ballet, Frankfurt State Opera, Weisbaden State Ballet, Janine Charat's Ballets de France, and more; committed suicide during a rehearsal with State Opera Ballet in Hamburg, where she jumped from a high-level catwalk onto an empty stage.