Moira Shearer

Moira Shearer ( born January 17, 1926 in Dunfermline, Scotland, † January 31, 2006 in Oxford; actually Moira King) was a British dancer and actress.


Moira Shearer was born as the daughter of Harold V. King Filmtontechnikers. She attended schools in her hometown, in Zambia Ndola and in Bearsden, Scotland. After her schooling she took dance lessons at the Mayfair School and Nicholas Legat Studio, where she learned, among other things with Nikolai Sergeyev. In 1941, she debuted as a ballet dancer, since 1942 she danced at the Royal Ballet at Sadler 's Wells, where she rose to the prima ballerina. Even with 16 was the famous for their red hair Shearer an international star. Until 1952 she danced all the classic roles and also in new pieces. Her first role at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in 1946 was Sleeping Beauty. Among other things, in the role of Titania in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, she undertook 1949-1951 several tours throughout the United States and Canada.

After the birth of her daughter Alisa Shearer longer time was ill and decided to give up dancing: In 1956, she began with a performance at the Old Vic in Bristol as " Major Barbara " a second career as an actress. However, in movies she appeared only sporadically. In 1948 they celebrated ballet film The Red Shoes ( The Red Shoes ) in the role of Victoria Page a great success. The red shoes were connected so literally, and with it that of the Sydney Morning Herald in 1952, the birth of her daughter announced with the headline "Pink Booties for Red Shoes". Her second major role was in Peeping Tom ( Peeping Tom, 1960, directed by Michael Powell). She hosted the Euro Vision Song Contest 1972 in Edinburgh.

Moira Shearer was married to television personality and author Sir Ludovic Kennedy; from the marriage were born three daughters and one son.