Darina Devens Wiesel dies at 47

Radio City Music Hall ballerina, choreographer

Former dancer Darina Devens Wiesel died March 2 at Kaiser Hospital in Panorama City from complications resulting from Huntington’s disease. She was 47.

Wiesel grew up in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where her family helped found the Duchess County Ballet Company.

She began her professional career as a dancer with the Garden State Ballet Company in New Jersey in 1968.

The following year she joined the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company. She then spent five years touring with “Disney on Parade,” eventually becoming the assistant choreographer for the Australian and European companies.

In 1973 she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in film and television. She also worked with stars such as Ann-Margret, Burt Bacharach and Gene Kelly. She appeared in “The Goodbye Girl,” danced professionally in Las Vegas and worked two seasons at the Sacramento Music Circus.

Wiesel is survived by her husband, Mark, a sister and a brother.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made in her name to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 9903 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 106, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Legit News from Variety

Loading