Tamara is said to be the daughter of Eugenia Tumanishvili, a princess from the Tiflis region of Russia ... However, Tamara
Toumanova was born in a box car while her parents were fleeing
from Russia during the Russian Revolution and landed in China, settling in the English Quarter of Shanghai, finally Toumanova's mother would be reunited
with her husband
and later moved to Cairo however, Tamara would finally be
raised in Paris, France. Wanting to be involved in music and dance, Tamara saw Pavlova dance and that sparked her seriousness on dance. She studied dance with Olga Preobrajenska.
made her debut at the Paris Opera at the age of nine in
L'Eventail de Jeanne. Later she would be discovered by George
Balanchine, who brought her to the Ballet russe de Monte
Carlo in 1932. It was here she met her future husband Casey
Robinson, who married her and took her to Hollywood. Two
ballets were Staged for her at the russe, 'Cotillion and
Concurrence.' Toumanova was one of the original 'Baby Ballerinas'.
Toumanova came to the U.S.
in 1939/1940 and danced in a few Broadway musicals such
as 'Stars in Your Eyes' as well the U.S. Ballet russe de
Monte Carlo. In 1943 she would leave for Hollywood and dance
in a few movies and would be married the same year. She
would later appear in a few Television shows such as 'Your
Show of Shows' and dance with James Starbuck in the 1950's.