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Moira Shearer - Ballet Dancer

Moira Shearer King was born in Dunfermline in 1926. She entered the Sadler's Wells School in 1940 and made her stage debut the same year.

In 1941 she joined Mona Inglesby's new International Ballet. She was a born ballerina and in 1942, aged 16, she was invited by Ninette de Valois into the Sadler's Wells Ballet.

In 1948, aged 22, she became famous as the ballerina heroine of The Red Shoes, a film which she said had irreversibly compromised her career as a dancer.

In 1950 she married writer and broadcaster Ludovic Kennedy, with whom she had four children. Three years later, aged just 27, she virtually abandoned dancing. She turned to acting, and became a lecturer, broad-caster and a writer.

She served on the Scottish Arts Council, BBC General Advisory Council and was a director of Border Television. She died, aged 80 on January 31, 2006 in Oxford.

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