She was born in 1925 in Moscow and trained at the Bolshoi Academy, joined the Bolshoi Ballet and quickly climbed the ladder to the rank of a principal dancer.
This article is not dedicated to talking about the details of her life though. There is an interesting obituary by Sophia Kishokovsky on NY Times that gives a good overview of her life and career: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/arts/dance/maya-plisetskaya-ballerina-who-embodied-bolshoi-dies-at-89.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0
Plisetskaya was one of the first dancers I have ever seen, and certainly had the greatest impact on my life. Through her I learned that technique should be merely a means of expression rather than the goal, and so many other things besides.
A while ago I wrote an article about Plisetskaya and how meeting her affected my life. Please click on the link to read it.
“May she rest in peace” somehow does not suit her. She will keep on dancing forever in my heart and in that of many others.