The Red Shoes movie star and ballerina Moira Shearer died on Tuesday (31JAN06). She was 80.

The Scottish dancer passed away in Oxford, England, according to her husband Ludovic Kennedy.

Following her acclaimed performance in The Red Shoes, Shearer experimented further with her Hollywood career by starring in The Man Who Loved Redheads and Peeping Tom, before returning to her dancing roots.

As a ballerina, Shearer starred in classic shows including Les Sylphides, as well as playing Sleeping Beauty's Aurora.

Kennedy paid tribute to his late wife, saying, "She was full of spirit and also she was very beautiful. She moved wonderfully gracefully as you would expect of a ballet dancer."