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Dwight Grell dies at 77; collector of Russian ballet memorabilia
Dwight Grell dies at 77; collector of Russian ballet memorabilia

In 1959, Dwight Grell saw the Bolshoi Ballet in Los Angeles and it changed his life. "I literally walked in the theater one person and walked out another," he told The Times in 1987. Grell, who was a manager at a button factory for much of his working life, became infatuated with Russian ballet, hanging out at stage doors to get autographs or spare toe shoes, and hurling voluminous quantities of flowers to stages during ovations. He amassed one of the largest private collections of Russian ballet memorabilia, including rehearsal footage he filmed in Moscow when granted rare access. Grell, 77, whose collection is housed at USC, died Feb. 3 at his apartment in Hollywood....

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