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The Ballerina and the Coup

In April 1959 Dame Margot Fonteyn was part of a bizarre plot against Panama's government.

The ballerina's husband, the son of a former president, led the failed coup.

In April 1959 Dame Margot Fonteyn was part of a bizarre plot to topple the government of Panama.

The ballerina's husband, Roberto Arias, the son of a former president, led the failed coup.

Dame Margot bought hundreds of uniforms for the rebellion in New York.

Photo: Dame Margot Fonteyn and her Panamanian husband (McCabe/Express/Getty Images)

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