Sarah Jessica Parker in Cincinnati this week
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Most of us have a favorite teacher, a mentor who inspired us and shared wise words that have remained with us the rest of our lives.

For Sarah Jessica Parker, that teacher was David Blackburn, the former associate artistic director of Cincinnati Ballet, who died on June 15 at the age of 76. He had been treated for several different types of cancer in recent years.

She studied with Blackburn for just four years, from the age of 8 to 12. Rather than pursue a career in dance, though, she went on to a famously successful career in television and film (Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City”) on Broadway (“Once Upon a Mattress”) and as a producer of both television and film (“Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” and “Pretty Old”).
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