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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Moira Shearer 1926-2006

As someone else stated, I didn't even know she was still alive, but hats off, please, to Moira Shearer, master of the balletic arts and, of course, Powell & Pressburger starlet extraordinaire. You surely know her as the centerpiece of The Red Shoes -- the girl in the unusual position of being torn between Anton Walbrook and Marius Goring, to say nothing of her pact with those damned shoes -- but she was also memorable as the living, heart-breaking doll that goes spectacularly to pieces in the recently-Criterionized (and entirely fawesome) The Tales of Hoffman (pictured; center, obviously), as well as the danciest murder victim there ever was in Peeping Tom. CNN obit here, and filmography here. Pointless, embarassingly personal non-trivia: I used to get her confused with Norma Shearer (before seeing The Women, that is). Maybe it was because Moira, a ballerina first and foremost, did so few films...


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