Delicately pretty red-haired ballerina who made a stunning film debut in the classic dance drama, "The Red Shoes" (1948) by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Shearer appeared in a number of roles...
Revered ballet dancer Frederic Franklin has passed away at the age of 98. The Brit died from complications from pneumonia on Saturday (04May13) in a Manhattan, New York hospital.
First appearing on stage in 1931, Franklin, who was born in Liverpool, England, worked with a whole host of internationally renowned ballerinas, including Alicia Markova, Irina Baronova and Moira Shearer.
He toured the U.S. in the 1950s and later made America his home. He went on to co-found the Slavenska-Franklin Ballet and was co-founder and artistic director of the National Ballet of Washington.
He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2004 and appeared in supporting roles in ballets up until his early nineties.
Professional dancing debut with the International Ballet at age 15
Delicately pretty red-haired ballerina who made a stunning film debut in the classic dance drama, "The Red Shoes" (1948) by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Shearer appeared in a number of roles (not all of which involved dancing) through the 1950s, notably in Powell and Pressburger's beautifully baroque "Tales of Hoffman" (1951); the intriguing "The Man Who Loved Redheads" (1954), in which she played four roles; and Powell's unsettling landmark solo effort, "Peeping Tom" (1960). She retired in the early 1960s following her marriage to writer Ludovic Kennedy but returned to the London stage with a 1974 appearance in "Man and Wife."