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Isadora Duncan

Isadora DuncanAKA Angela Isadora Duncan

Born: 26-May-1877 [1]
Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
Died: 14-Sep-1927
Location of death: Nice, France
Cause of death: Accident - Automobile [2]
Remains: Cremated, Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, France

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual
Occupation: Dancer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mother of modern dance


[1] Duncan's birth records were destroyed in the aftermath of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, but there is a baptismal record indicating a birth as "Angela I. Duncan" on 26 May 1877. Many sources indicate that she was born one day later, on the 27th, but there are no physical records to back this up. Some sources also indicate "Dora" as a given name but in light of the above baptismal record, it is clearly a diminutive of "Isadora." See Ann Daly, Done into Dance: Isadora Duncan in America (1995), page 225.

[2] Died after the very long scarf she was wearing became entangled in the wheels of her Bugatti sports car, throwing her from the vehicle and strangling her.

Father: Joseph Charles Duncan (b. 1819, d. 1898 drowning)
Mother: Mary Isadora Gray Duncan ("Dora", b. 1849, d. 12-Apr-1922)
Sister: Mary Elizabeth Bioren (b. 1871, d. 1948)
Brother: Augustin (b. 17-Apr-1873, d. 1954)
Brother: Raymond (b. 1-Nov-1874, d. 1966)
Boyfriend: Ivan Miroski (1895-99)
Boyfriend: Oszkar Beregi (1902)
Boyfriend: Edward Gordon Craig (1904-07)
Daughter: Dierdre (b. 24-Sep-1906, d. 19-Apr-1913 drowning)
Boyfriend: Paris Eugene Singer (son of
Isaac Merritt Singer, affair 1909-16)
Son: Patrick Augustus Duncan (b. 1-May-1910, d. 19-Apr-1913 drowning)
Son: (b. Aug-1914, d. Aug-1914)
Boyfriend: Walter Morse Rummel (1918-21)
Husband: Sergei Alexandrovich Esenin (m. 2-May-1922, d. 27-Dec-1925 suicide)
Girlfriend: Mercedes de Acosta (poet)

    Traveled to Bolshevik Russia 1921
    Naturalized Russian Citizen

Author of books:
My Life (1927)



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