The legend of Margot Fonteyn has touched every ballerina who has come after her, and her genius endures in the memory of anyone who saw her dance. Yet until now, the complete story of her life has remained untold. Meredith Daneman, a novelist and former dancer, reveals the story of the little girl from suburban England who grew up to become a Dame of the British Empire and the most famous ballerina in the world. More than ten years of interviews and research, including exclusive access to Fonteyn's and her mother's diaries and letters, come together to create this definitive work. From the rumored affair and successful partnership between Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev to her final years in Panama, Daneman has created a compelling account that balletomanes and lovers of biography will cherish.