Zina Bethune

as Paula in the movie Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder

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Real name is Zina Bianca Bethune
Was born at 17 February 1945 in New York City, New York, USA . Died at 12 February 2012, Los Angeles, California, USA (hit-and-run accident)

Lovely, lithe and light-haired Zina Bethune, noted ballet dancer,choreographer and teacher, also had a promising acting career duringthe late 1950s and 1960s. The native New Yorker was born on February 17, 1945, the daughter ofWilliam Charles Bethune (who died in 1950 when Zina was 5) andestablished actress 'Ivy Bethune' (née Vigner) of "General Hospital" (1963) fame. Zina's mother was a RussianJewish immigrant, born in Sevastopol. Formally trained in dance from age 6, she was a student at'George Balanchine' 's School of American Ballet, and performedwith the New York City Ballet as a teen despite the fact she wasdiagnosed at various times with scoliosis, lymphedema and hipdysplasia.

As an adolescent, she appeared in several daytime TV dramas, including abreakthrough part (1956-1958) as the first "Robin Lang" on the serial "The Guiding Light" (1952) . Over time, she joined the cast ofother soaps, including a lengthy running part on "Love of Life" (1951) from 1965-1971 and, many years later, arecurring part on "Santa Barbara" (1984) . Zina co-starred with'Shirl Conway' on the TV drama "The Nurses" (1962) [bestknown as "The Nurses," the series was later entitled "The Doctors andthe Nurses"], and won touching reviews for her naive student nurserole. She also played the sensitive role of "Amy" in one of several TVadaptations of 'Louisa May Alcott' 's beloved Little Women (1958) (TV) . As a young adult, she continued todemonstrate a formidable dramatic flair on such popular shows as "Route 66" (1960) , "Naked City" (1958) , "Gunsmoke" (1955) , "Lancer" (1968) , "The Invaders" (1967) , "Emergency!" (1972) and "CHiPs" (1977) .

Making her first movie appearance as one of the Roosevelt children in Sunrise at Campobello (1960) starring 'Ralph Bellamy' and'Greer Garson' , she did not make as indelible a mark in film aspromised, but did earn semi-cult notice for her moving streetwise roleopposite 'Harvey Keitel' in 'Martin Scorsese' 'sautobiographical feature-length debut I Call First (1967) [akaWho's That Knocking at My Door?], a notable predecessor to hisacclaimed star-maker Mean Streets (1973) . Zina graced many musicals as a singer/dancer and made her Broadway debutat age 11 playing "Tessie" in "The Most Happy Fella". A number oftouring productions came her way in the form of "Sweet Charity","Oklahoma!", "Damn Yankees!", "Carnival", "Carousel" and "TheUnsinkable Molly Brown". Non-musical offerings came in the form of "TheMember of the Wedding", "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Owl and thePussycat". In 1992, Zina returned to Broadway as a replacement in"Grand Hotel" in which she portrayed Russian ballerina "ElizavetaGrushinskaya".

Ms. Bethune's ultimate passion and commitment, however, has remained inthe art of dance. . . and on many levels.

In her prime, she was ahighly-regarded prima ballerina. Among her many credits were "SwanLake", "Le Corsair", "Romeo and Juliet", "Black Swan", "Giselle", "DonQuixote" and "Sleeping Beauty", not to mention Balanchine's own"Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux". A guest artist with The Royal Danish Ballet,Nevada Dance Theatre and San Francisco Ballet Theatre, she went on toform her own New York-based company in 1969 -- Zina Bethune andCompany. Her career as a dance director and choreographer hasencompassed over 50 plays, films, videos and ballets. Throughout her life, she has remained steadfast in her contribution tochildren with physical and mental disabilities.

Helping them embracethe art of dance as a means of self-expression and therapy, she wasprompted by her own physical ailments diagnosed while growing up. Inaddition to the Theatredance performance company she founded in 1980,she also organized Dance Outreach (now known as Infinite Dreams) in1982, which continues to enroll disabled young children indance-related activities throughout Southern California. .

There is some small facts about Zina Bethune:
  • Daughter of 'Ivy Bethune' .
  • Both she and husband, 'Sean Feeley (I)' , are singing members of the Millennium Choir, a choral group that symbolizes peace in the world and the determination to enter the New Millennium with renewed hope for a better world and prayer to the Supreme Spirit. The choir is a multi-ethnic group of approximately 1,000 male and female singers.
  • On May 17, 2006, USA Today, a newspaper that reaches millions worldwide, held its first annual USA Today Hollywood Hero Award gala at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The first annual Hollywood Heroes Award this year was bestowed upon Ms. Bethune for her work with mentally and physically disabled children.
  • For her continuing efforts with disabled children through dance she has been commended by the White House (Presidents 'Bill Clinton (I)' , 'Ronald Reagan (I)' and 'George W. Bush' ) and cited by Los Angeles Mayors 'Richard Riordan (I)' and 'Tom Bradley (I)' and Senator 'Dianne Feinstein' .
  • In 1980 she founded the Bethune Theatredanse, a multimedia performance company which has been designated as the official resident company of the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
  • Stepdaughter of 'Stuart Lancaster (I)' .
  • She is survived by her husband, Sean Feeley, and mother, Ivy Bethune.
  • On 11 February 2012 while driving in Los Angeles, she saw an injured animal by the side of the road, which turned out to be a dead possum. She got out of her car to check on the animal and was struck by two cars.
  • She founded Bethune Theatredanse (now Theater Bethune) in 1980 and Infinite Dreams in 1980. Theater Bethune is a nonprofit dance and drama company that has toured internationally and performed at the White House in Washington D.C. Infinite Dreams is a dance and performance program that has tutored over 8,000 children with disabilities in Southern California.
  • She was diagnosed with scoliosis as a child and overcame it with dancing.
  • Is interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park.
Also look some video clip about Zina Bethune:
There is the list of movies, where Zina Bethune was taked part:
1 Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder movie Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder 1987 as Paula
2 Pantomime Quiz movie Pantomime Quiz 1947 as Herself - Guest Panelist
3 The United States Steel Hour movie The United States Steel Hour 1953 as Ann Hilton
4 Young Dr. Malone movie Young Dr. Malone 1958 as Lisha Steele #1 (1959)
5 Forgotten City of the Planet of the Apes movie Forgotten City of the Planet of the Apes 1981 as Arn
6 Hollywood Mavericks movie Hollywood Mavericks 1990 as Girl
7 I Call First movie I Call First 1967 as Girl
8 L.A. Woman movie L.A. Woman 2013 as Herself
9 Little Women movie Little Women 1958 as Amy March
10 Special for Women: The Cold Woman movie Special for Women: The Cold Woman 1960 as The Daughter
11 Sunrise at Campobello movie Sunrise at Campobello 1960 as Anna Roosevelt
12 The Boost movie The Boost 1988 as Dance Teacher/Choreographer
13 Wings of Legacy movie Wings of Legacy 2006 as Eva
14 ABC Afterschool Specials movie ABC Afterschool Specials 1972 as Leslie Wade
15 Cains Hundred movie Cains Hundred 1961 as Lucinda Jackson
16 CHiPs movie CHiPs 1977 as Mother
17 Emergency! movie Emergency! 1972 as Beth Johnson
18 Gunsmoke movie Gunsmoke 1955 as Jonnalee
19 Kraft Television Theatre movie Kraft Television Theatre 1947 as Willie - Story #1
20 Lancer movie Lancer 1968 as Callie Buford
21 Love of Life movie Love of Life 1951 as Barbara Sterling #3 (1965-1970, 1971)
22 Naked City movie Naked City 1958 as Jessica
23 Party of Five movie Party of Five 1994 as Ballet Teacher
24 Planet of the Apes movie Planet of the Apes 1974 as Arn
25 Play of the Week movie Play of the Week 1959 as Anne
26 Police Story movie Police Story 1973 as Shay's Neighbor
27 Route 66 movie Route 66 1960 as Bonnie Clayton
28 Santa Barbara movie Santa Barbara 1984 as Dr. Priscilla MacIntosh
29 Sunday Showcase movie Sunday Showcase 1959 as Carol Reed
30 The Guiding Light movie The Guiding Light 1952 as Robin Lang
31 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries movie The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries 1977 as Janice Cutler
32 The Invaders movie The Invaders 1967 as Sister Claire
33 The Next Step Beyond movie The Next Step Beyond 1978 as Diane Hollis
34 The Nurses movie The Nurses 1962 as Gail Lucas
The image of Zina Bianca Bethune was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 29 February 1964
There is the list of some quotes of Zina Bethune:
  • [on dancing and acting] I have to do both.
  • [on Infinite Dreams] The challenge is to get let the children's creativity and musicality take them beyond where they've ever been, to let it move them in whatever ways they can move--and that's when they soar.
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