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Alexander Godunov

Alexander GodunovAKA Boris Alexandrovich Godunov

Born: 28-Nov-1949
Birthplace: Sakhalin Island, Russia
Died: 18-May-1995
Location of death: West Hollywood, CA [1]
Cause of death: Illness [2]
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean)

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Dancer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Bolshoi, ABT ballet dancer

Bolshoi ballet dancer, who was forbidden for years from traveling abroad for fear of defection. Ultimately when he was permitted overseas in 1979, he did indeed defect, with American authorities holding his wife, ballerina Lyudmilla Vlasova, for three days at the airport, not believing he would actually want to return. After defection he joined the American Ballet Theater, until a disagreement with fellow Bolshoi defector Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1982 led to Godunov's firing. After this point his heart was no longer in his dancing. Godunov died from complications of his alcoholism and hepatitis in 1995.

[1] 8787 Shoreham Drive #1001.

[2] Listed as "Chronic alcoholism" on Godunov's death certificate.

Father: Boris Godunov
Mother: Lidia Nicholaevna Studentova
Wife: Lyudmilla Vlasova (separated 1979, div. 1982)
Jacqueline Bisset (actress, until 1988)

    University: Riga State Ballet Schol (1957-67)

    Naturalized US Citizen 1987
    Risk Factors: Hepatitis, Alcoholism

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