Moira Shearer, Lady Kennedy (17 January 1926 – 31 January 2006), was an internationally famous Scottish ballet dancer and actress.
She was born Moira Shearer King in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, the daughter of actor Harold V. King. In 1931 her family relocated to Ndola, Northern Rhodesia, where she received her first dancing training under a former pupil of Enrico Cecchetti. She returned to the United Kingdom in 1936 and trained with Flora Fairbairn in London for a few months before she was accepted as a pupil by the Russian teacher Nicholas Legat. After three years with Legat, she joined the Sadler’s Wells Ballet School. However, after the outbreak of the World War II, her parents took her to live in Scotland. She made her debut with the International Ballet in 1941 before moving on to Sadler’s Wells in 1942.
She came to international attention for her first film role as Victoria Page in the Powell & Pressburger ballet-themed film The Red Shoes, (1948). Even her… read more
Just her name alone made men sigh and faint. Or maybe it's just me. Red Shoes, The Tales of Hoffmann, come on. She was so cute and delicate like this blossom that only pops up for a few hours, and yet oh-so strong. A really woman's woman. Liked her a lot. Those two films imprinted her sweetness onto my sweetness and the rest, as they say, is history. I ache for you, still, Moira. More Moira!