4. Italian prima ballerina, Carlotta Brianza was the original Princess Aurora
Born in 1867, Carlotta Brianza studied at The La Scala Theatre Ballet in Milan, Italy. Carlotta made her debut as prima ballerina in Manzotti’s Excelsior. In 1980, Marius Petipa (the French ballet master and choreographer for Sleeping Beauty) selected Carlotta as Princess Aurora; her most famous role. After retiring, Carlotta taught dance in Paris, but came out of retirement when Sleeping Beauty was staged in London in 1921. This time, Carlotta played the part of the evil fairy, Carabosse. Little is known about Carlotta’s later years, with her death a mystery.