Marcia Haydée was born in Brazil in 1939. She studied in Rio the Janeiro and then went to Sadler's Wells School. Later she studied with Egorova and Preobrajenska. Joined Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas in 1957 and then moved to Stuttgart Ballet in 1961, where she was promoted prima ballerina in 1962. One of the great dance actresses of her generation. Created roles in many John Cranko ballets including Romeo and Juliet (1962), Onegin (1965), The Taming of the Shrew (1969), Carmen (1971) and Initials R.B.M.E. (1972). She also created roles in ballets by MacMillan, Tetley and Neumeier.
In 1976 she was appointed artistic director of Stuttgart Ballet. In 1993 she also took over direction of Santiago Ballet and finally retiring from both ballets in 1995.