Helpmann, Sir Robert, 1909–1986, Australian dancer and choreographer. He danced as a principal (1933–50) with Sadler's Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet), often partnering with Margot Fonteyn. His works as a choreographer include Comus (1942) and Miracle in the Gorbals (1944). He was director of the Australian Ballet from 1965 to 1976 (co-director, 1965–74) and also acted on stage and in films. He was knighted in 1968.
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