Moira Shearer

About Moira Shearer

Who is it?: Actress, Soundtrack
Birth Day: January 17, 1926
Birth Place:  Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Other names: Lady Kennedy
Years active: 1938–1987
Spouse(s): Ludovic Kennedy (1950–2006; her death)
Children: Alastair, Ailsa, Rachel, and Fiona

Moira Shearer

Moira Shearer was born on January 17, 1926 in  Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, is Actress, Soundtrack. Moira was born the daughter of Harold V. King in Dunfermline, Scotland. She was educated at Dunfermline High School, Ndola in Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) and Bearsden Academy, Scotland. She received her professional training at the Mayfair School and The Nicholas Legat Studio. She made her debut in the International Ballet with 1941 and then danced at Sadler's Wells in 1942. From 1942 to 1952 she danced all the major classic roles and a full repertoire of revivals and new ballets. Her first ballet role was "Sleeping Beauty" at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1946. She toured the United States with the Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1949 and in 1950/51. She toured as Sally Bowles in "I am a Camera" in 1955 and appeared at the Bristol Old Vic as "Major Barbara" in 1956. Although these performances were the start of her secondary career as an actress, she continued her primary career as a ballerina. She has appeared on TV as a ballerina and as an actress
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As per our current Database, Moira Shearer has been died on 31 January 2006(2006-01-31) (aged 80)\nOxford, Oxfordshire, England.

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When Moira Shearer die, Moira Shearer was 80 years old.

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Occupation Actress
Age 80 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 17, 1926 ( Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom)
Birthday January 17
Town/City  Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality United Kingdom

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She was born Moira Shearer King at Morton Lodge in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, the only child of civil Engineer Harold Charles King and Margaret Crawford Reid, née Shearer. In 1931 her family moved to Ndola, Northern Rhodesia, where her father worked as a civil Engineer and where she received her first dancing training under a former pupil of Enrico Cecchetti. She returned to Britain 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. At his studio she met Mona Inglesby who gave Shearer a part in her new ballet Endymion, presented at an all star matinee at the Cambridge Theatre in 1938. After three years with Legat, she joined the Sadler's Wells Ballet School. After the outbreak of World War II, her parents took her to live in Scotland. She joined Mona Inglesby's International Ballet for its 1941 provincial tour and West End season before moving on to Sadler's Wells in 1942.


She achieved international success with her first film role as Victoria Page in the Powell & Pressburger ballet-themed film The Red Shoes, (1948). Even her hair matched the titular footwear, and the role and film were so powerful that although she went on to star in other films and worked as a Dancer for many decades, she is primarily known for playing "Vicky".


In 1950, Moira Shearer married Journalist and broadcaster Ludovic Kennedy. They were married in the Chapel Royal in London's Hampton Court Palace. She and Kennedy had a son, Alastair, and three daughters, Ailsa, Rachel, and Fiona. Shearer died at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, England at the age of 80.


Shearer retired from ballet in 1953, but she continued to act, appearing as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the 1954 Edinburgh Festival. She worked again for Powell on The Tales of Hoffmann and on the controversial film Peeping Tom (1960), which damaged Powell's own career.


In 1972, she was chosen by the BBC to present the Eurovision Song Contest when it was staged at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. She also wrote for The Daily Telegraph newspaper and gave talks on ballet worldwide.


The Choreographer Gillian Lynne persuaded her to return to ballet in 1987 to play L. S. Lowry's mother in A Simple Man for the BBC.


Shearer first came to the public’s attention as Posy Fossil in the advertisements for the Noel Streatfeild book Ballet Shoes while she was training under Flora Fairbairn, a good friend of Streatfeild's.

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