Welcome back funny names fans, please pardon my tardy Tuesday post, I have been juggling one to many balls this week. I dropped the balls on the floor and this one rolled behind my desk. Fortunately, one of the cats found it and here were are. Pardon me, I think I got a little cat hair on you.
September is on the calendar and ballet should be in the air instead of hurricanes, forest fires, and smoke.
So let’s get more festive and meet Lady Moira Shearer Kennedy—British ballet dancer and actress, not to be confused with Moira Quirk the voice over actress and worthy of a post in her own right.
The name Moira is derived from the Greek meaning “destiny, share, fate” and fate is what took a little girl born Moira Shearer King born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland to Ndola, Northern Rhodesia in 1931 with her civil engineer father, Harold Charles King and mother, Margaret Crawford Reid (born Shearer).
Ballet is your destiny, Moira Shearer.
In Rhodesia she took her first ballet lessons from a former student of Enrico Cecchetti, the famed ballet teacher born in the costuming room of the Teatro Tordinona in Rome. After five years of studying the Cecchetti method her family moved to London and she trained under Russian teacher Nicholas Legat. A brief interruption caused by WWII sent her back to Scotland. After the war she returned to London.
Once her training was almost complete, not as a Jedi warrior but a ballet dancer, she made her first debut in a Posy Fossil advertisements for the book “Ballet Shoes”. She blew onto the international scene with her performance as Victoria Page in the ballet film Red Shoes, even her hair matched the shoes. It launched her film career, which spanned over the next few decades.
She married journalist Sir Ludovic Henry Coverley Kennedy in 1950, and as luck would have it, Moira became a lady by title as well as grace.
Let’s not have it said that all ballet dancers are serious. No, let’s not. After having four children who wanted something to tease her about, she decided to host the BBC’s Eurovision Song Contest in 1972.
But she didn’t stop there, she stayed busy. She wrote for the Daily Telegraph and gave talks on ballet all over the world before her passing in 2006.
Moira certainly shared her destiny with the world.
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