Diana Adams, a former lead dancer with the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theater, died Jan. 10 in Mark Twain-St. Joseph’s Hospital in San Andreas, Calif., at age 66.
After retiring from dancing, Adams served as the dean of students at the School of American Ballet and helped discover future ballet stars, including Suzanne Farrell.
A favorite of City Ballet choreographer George Balanchine, Adams danced leading roles in the debuts of many of his ballets, including “Agon,””Episodes” and “Liebeslieder Walzer.”
Born in Staunton, Va., Adams moved to New York City where she studied at the Ballet Arts School under the tutelage of Agnes de Mille.
Adams made her debut in the musical “Oklahoma!” in 1943.
In 1944, she joined the Ballet Theater, the precursor to the American Ballet Theater.
She joined Balanchine’s troupe in 1950 and was a lead dancer there until 1963 .
She was dean of students at Balanchine’s dance school until her retirement in 1971.
Adams performed with Danny Kaye in the 1954 film “Knock on Wood” and danced in the Gene Kelly-directed movie “Invitation to the Dance” in 1956.
Adams’ two marriages ended in divorce.
She is survived by a daughter.
Sharon L. Lackie
Sharon L. Lackie, a supervising sound editor on various films, died Jan. 5 of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 39.
Lackie, born and educated in Canada, was the co-founder of the Talking Pictures Co.
She was best known for her work on Norman Jewison’s films, including “Moonstruck,””Other People’s Money” and “In Country.”
She was a longtime member of the Canadian Academy of Cinema, Director’s Guild of Canada and IATSE Local 776.
Survived by her mother and brother.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions in her name to the Saint Joseph’s Medical Centre Home Hospice Program, 2101 W. Alameda Blvd., Burbank 91506, attn: Mary Fletcher.