Women in the Performing Arts

Agnes de Mille

37-cent Agnes de Mille and Dancers stamp
The Agnes de Mille and Dancers stamp was issued May 4, 2004.

One of Martha Graham’s most successful protégés and friends is Agnes de Mille (1905-1993). Unlike Graham, de Mille started dancing at age three and danced throughout her entire childhood and college career in California. After she completed college, De Mille went to New York where she began her professional career. Agnes de Mille spent most of her career between the United States and Europe, but in 1939 she joined the American Ballet Theatre in New York for their premier season. During her career, Agnes de Mille was an exceptional performer and choreographer, who choreographed both dance and Broadway productions. Because of her remarkable career, Agnes de Mille is remembered as one of America’s most influential choreographers.