Moira Shearer, Lady Kennedy (17 January 1926 – 31 January 2006), was an internationally renowned British ballet dancer and actress. Wikipedia
Age: 80 (age at death)
Born: 17th January, 1926, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK
Died: 31st January, 2006, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Height: 5' 5" (165 cm)
Claim to Fame: The Red Shoes (1948)
"Isn`t it strange that something you`ve never really wanted to do turns out to be the very thing that`s given you a name and identity?...The Red Shoes ruined my career in the ballet. They (her peers) never trusted me again."
"What people cannot realize is that a ballet dancer just cannot afford to give up ballet for a moment. After a month without practising you are thrown back years."
Fred Astaire wanted Moira to play opposite him in Royal Wedding (1951) and Gene Kelly asked for her for his Brigadoon (1954) picture, but she turned them both down, much preferring the classical stage in those years. She went on to play Titania in "A Midsummer Night`s Dream" in her Broadway debut and the title role in "Major Barbara".
Red-headed ballet star who literally danced her way to film fame with only one picture. She only made a handful of others.