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Loie Fuller
Nationality: 
american
Gender: 
Female
Birth Date: 
1862
Birth Place: 
Fullersburg, IL
Death Date: 
1928
Death Place: 
Paris
Dancer who was a pioneer in modern dance and stagecraft. Clothed in swirling draperies, sometimes supported by thin wooden wands, she danced under carefully managed lighting to evoke flowers, water, fire and various moods. After some success in the US, she made a sensation in Paris. She was a regular peformer at the Folies Bergere and was a favorite of artists such as Cheret, Lautrec and Rodin. Through a close friendship with Queen Marie of Romania, she helped to found the Maryhill Museum in Washington. She was also a friend of Alma Spreckels.