Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

February 05, 2006

Moira Shearer, 80, the ballerina and actress whose debut film, The Red Shoes, created an international sensation in 1948, died Tuesday at a hospital in Oxford, England. No cause of death was given.

Ms. Shearer, born in Dunfermline, Scotland, became principal dancer at London's famous Sadler's Wells in 1942 and won her first major role in 1946, playing Sleeping Beauty at London's Royal Opera House.

A stunning redhead, she won the role of the doomed dancer Victoria in The Red Shoes, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It was an international hit and was nominated for an Oscar for best picture; it won Oscars for best art direction and best music.

Louise Scruggs, 78, who as wife and manager of banjo player Earl Scruggs helped expand the audience for bluegrass and country music, died Thursday in Nashville, Tenn.

The two married in 1948, two years after they met while he was performing at the Grand Ole Opry with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and she was a member of the audience.

Mr. Scruggs left Mr. Monroe to form Flatt & Scruggs with guitarist and singer Lester Flatt, and Louise Scruggs took over their business dealings in 1955.

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