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Edna Deane, Who ‘Danced with the Prince of Wales,’ Dies at 90

November 25, 1995

LONDON (AP) _ Edna Deane, the world champion ballroom dancer famous for being the girl ``who’s danced with the Prince of Wales,″ has died. She was 90.

Deane died Wednesday at her home in Rottingdean, south of London, where she was suffering from osteoporosis, The Times of London reported Saturday.

Deane was born Edna Morton Sewell in the Orange Free State _ now part of South Africa _ in 1905 to British parents. In 1907, her family returned to England, where she trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.

She became famous in Britain under the stage name Edna Deane in the 1920s.

At a ball in the mid-1920s, Prince Edward _ later King Edward VIII _ was so entranced that he asked her dance nine times.

The incident inspired Herbert Farjeon, a playwright and songwriter, to pen the popular song ``I’ve Danced With a Man, Who’s Danced with a Girl, Who’s Danced with the Prince of Wales.″

Fred Astaire, who saw her at the London Palladium in 1929, called her ``authentic poetry in motion.″

In 1933, Deane and her partner Timothy Palmer won the British and world ballroom dancing championships.

After marrying for the first time in 1935, she retired as a professional dancer and became a choreographer and writer on dance. When she turned 90 last month, she was still receiving birthday cards from fans.

Deane is survived by a daughter from her second marriage to the late restaurateur John Fuelling. Funeral arrangements were not announced.

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