Agnes de Mille, the niece of Cecil B. de Mille, was born in Harlem, New York, in 1905 and moved with her family to Hollywood when she was young. De Mille loved dance and pleaded with her parents to allow her to take lessons. She attended UCLA to pursue dancing and acting, and in 1939, the American Ballet Theatre invited de Mille to join the troupe. Her first ballet, \"Black Ritual,\" was the first to use black ballet dancers. During her career, de Mille choreographed various well-known ballets and musicals, including \"Oklahoma\" and \"Carousel.\" At the request of one of her former assistants, Mavis Ray, de Mille visited East Carolina University on January 10, 1968, where she gave a program in McGinnis Auditorium. De Mille suffered a stroke in 1975 and died in 1993.