Cerrito, Fanny

BORN 11 May 1817, Napoli, Campania - DIED 6 May 1909, Paris
BIRTH NAME Cerrito, Francesca
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 05, ligne 02, numéro 22, avenue Montebello)

Fanny Cerrito debuted in 1832 in Naples and became internationally known after she appeared in London in 1840. In 1842 she did her own choreography for the time and on request by queen Victoria she appeared together with Fanny Elssler in a pas-a-deux in 1843. Because of its success in 1845 Jules Perrot wrote a pas-a-quatre for Cerrito, Carlotta Grisi, Marie Taglioni and Lucile Grahn.

On 17 Apr 1845 she married her favourite dancing partner Arthur Saint-Léon at Les Batignolles against the wishes of her family. In 1847 she debuted at the Opera of Paris. In 1851 she divorced her husband and Manuel Antonio de Acuña-de Witte di Bedmar became her lover. They had a daughter, Matilde, in 1854.

Although she had grown stout after the birth of her daughter, she went to Russia for performances. There she was almost hit by a burning piece of scenery. This scared her so that she started suffering from heart problems. In 1857 she ended her career. She lived until 1909 and died in Paris. At that time she was completely blind.

Related persons
• cooperated with Elssler, Fanny
• performed with Grahn-Young, Lucile

10/7/1845Premiere of Perrot's Pas-de-Quatre in London [Grahn-Young, Lucile][Grisi, Carlotta][Taglioni, Marie]


The grave of Fanny Cerrito at the Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2017)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des tombes d'hommes célèbres, Le Cherche Midi, Paris, 2003
• Zuber, Elfi, Der Alte Nördliche Friedhof, Ein Kapitel Münchner Kulturgeschichte, Zeke Verlag, München, 1984
Fanny Cerrito - Wikipedia


Published: 26 Jan 2018
Last update: 22 Oct 2022