Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) was a Russian ballet dancer who defected to the West in 1961 whilst on tour with the Kirov ballet.
He subsequently danced with the Royal Ballet in London where he formed a famous dance partnership with Margot Fonteyn. As well as this, he did film and television work and toured in Australia and the U.S.A before being appointed Director of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1983.
Nureyev was openly homosexual and had several long-term relationships with men, including one with the Danish dancer Erik Bruhn who died in 1986. In 1984, he was diagnosed as being HIV-positive, and by 1992 was suffering from the final stages of AIDS. He died in a Paris hospital in January 1993 and is buried in a Russian cemetery at Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, not far from Paris.