Patricia (Paddy) Foy

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Patricia (Paddy)
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Foy
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Interview Number: 
214
Interview Date(s): 
3 Sep 1991
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Duration (mins): 
220
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Patricia Foy was a distinguished producer and director for the BBC  most famously for  her work with Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev,. She will be remembered for persuading Margot Fonteyn (who became a close personal friend) to tell the full story of her life for the first time in the memorable BBC documentary “The Magic of Dance “ in 1980. She was a prolific director and producer (for the BBC from the 1950s) responsible for the British debuts of Nureyev, the Fontaine-Nureyev partnership, Placido Domingo, Jacqueline Dupre etc., having responsibility for such programmes as 'Music for You' and 'Gala Performance'. Musically-trained initially, her passion led her to work with a large number of world-renowned stars, notably Menuhin (60th Birthday tribute) and Tito Gobbi. She also produced and co-directed with Nureyev, a full-length ballet of Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Nureyev. She was married to Richard Levin who was head of design for BBC Television from 1953 to 1971 ( Interview 215)