After an international choreographic career, Isadora Duncan came to Nice where she died accidentally . Follower of what she called the " free dance ", she interpreted in her style, barefoot and wearing a tunic, musics of Gluck, Schubert, Chopin, which were not written to be danced. Everywhere she performed, America, Europe, the USSR, she aroused controversy. Her private life was a succession of dramae: in 1913, her two children die drowned in the Seine, the brakes of the motorcar in which they were having loosened. In 1925, her husband, Russian poet Serge Essenine, committed suicide. Getting older and being less demanded, she settled down in Nice in the furnished flat Bella Vista, 239, Promenade des Anglais, and she opened a dancing school in 343, avenue de la Californie. She went on frequenting " the Riviera society". On September 14, 1927, while she tried a motorcar, she died choked by her shawl which had winded in the wheels of the vehicle.

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