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20 Gorgeous Ballerinas Who Turned Into A-List Celebrities [+Photos]

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Ballerinas Who Turned Into A-List Celebrities – There are a stunning number of Hollywood ladies who, before they ever turned to acting, were first dancers. And not just any kind of dancers, but ballerinas. They began their careers- and for many of them, their lives- learning the poise, discipline, and art of ballet. Sadly, many of these women had to give it up at some point due to injury, and moved onto their second choice, drama. For others, they  simply had a change of heart about what they really wanted in life, and for others still, they made

Whatever their reason, at some point each one of these actresses had to make the difficult decision to forego the dance academy for a chance at an Academy Award. It would be hard to argue that they made the right choice, as every one of these actresses is now a household name and, yes, some of them have even lifted that coveted Oscar.

Now there are some of these famous women most people know were once ballerinas too, like those who have appeared in dance flicks over the years. Zoe Saldana and Natalie Portman, come to mind, to name a just a few. Then there are others who are just as famous in the Hollywood circuit, but who you probably never knew started out on the stage as a ballerina, such as the lovely Penelope Cruz. So without further ado, here are 20 beautiful ballerinas who you now know as leading ladies on the big screen.

20. Natalie Portman

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Though it is definitely not her most famous film, Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 film Black Swan featured her as a prima ballerina. Alongside Mila Kunis, Natalie played the leading role of the dark but committed dancer Nina, and the Swan Queen. She has trained in ballet, tap, and jazz since the age of 4, and still takes classes to this day. A true ballerina, it seems as if the Jerusalem-born actress (whose real name is Natalie Hershlag) knows there is always more to learn in her art form. David Letterman, Harper’s, and Queen magazines have all said that she is the new Audrey Hepburn, who was also a ballerina.

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