Moira Shearer, a dancer who made her screen debut as the star of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's haunting The Red Shoes, died this week at an Oxford hospital. Shearer initially gained fame as a ballerina at Sadler's Wells, and won her first lead role in 1946 when she danced Sleeping Beauty at London's Royal Opera House. Two years later, she played the "doomed" Victoria in The Red Shoes; the film was nominated for best picture and won two other Oscars. Though Shearer's passion was always dance, she nevertheless appeared in a handful other other films, including Powell and Pressburger's next project, The Tales of Hoffmann and Powell's solo effort, Peeping Tom.
Though Shearer had reportedly been "weak" for the past month, her cause of death was not disclosed.