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S28 Ep6: Polio and Iron Lungs in the 1950s. Le Clercq's Illn

  • Aired: 06/20/2014
  • 01:42
  • Rating: TV-PG
Ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq contracted polio while on tour in Europe in 1956. She was hospitalized in Copenhagen, where an iron lung kept her breathing and her husband George Balanchine stayed to care for her. "American Masters -- Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun," includes archival footage showing patients in iron lung machines. It airs Friday, June 20 on PBS (check local listings).
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S28 Ep6: Polio and Iron Lungs in the 1950s. Le Clercq's Illn
S28 Ep6: Polio and Iron Lungs in the 1950s. Le Clercq's Illn
An iron lung allowed Tanaquil Le Clercq to breathe after she contracted polio in 1956.
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Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional funding is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Lenore Hecht Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and public television viewers.
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