People, Dec. 9, 1974

"It's a mutual thing between Mr. Balanchine and me," said Ballerina Suzanne Farrell, 29, as she prepared to return to the New York City Ballet. Nearly six years ago, the willowy star was that rarest of rarities, a classical dancer with a chorus girl's legs. She was also Director George Balanchine's special protegee, rumored to follow Tamara Geva, Vera Zorina, Maria Tallchief and Tanaquil Le Clereq as the fifth Mrs. B. Then suddenly she married a fellow company member, Paul Mejia, 27, and, in the face of Balanchine's obvious displeasure, went into exile...

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