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Samuel Johnson (1690/9191–1773) by unknown engraver, pubd 1732 [ [as Lord Wildfire playing the violin] and Eliza Haywood (1693?–1756 ) [as Lady Flame on the balcony, in a scene from The Blazing Comet: the Mad Lovers, or, The Beauties of the Poets by Johnson]] © Copyright The British Museum

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Johnson, Samuel (1690/91–1773), dancing-master and playwright, was a native of Cheshire, but the exact place and date of his birth are unknown: as, too, are the names of his parents and other relations. (He had a brother who was a gaoler in Manchester...

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Morley [married names Coates, Jacob], Iris Vivienne (1910–1953), novelist and writer on ballet, was born on 10 May 1910 in Carshalton, Surrey, the elder daughter (there were no sons) of Lieutenant-Colonel Lyddon Charteris Morley CBE (1877–1954), of the Hampshire regiment, and his wife, ...

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Richardson, Philip John Sampey (1875–1963), journal editor and dance critic, was born on 17 March 1875 in Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire, the son of Edmund John Richardson, maltster, and of his wife, Margaret Sampey. He was educated at Beaumont College and University College School and had early experience in journalism. He married in 1909 ...

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Moira Shearer (1926–2006) by Baron, 1948 Getty Images

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Shearer, Moira [née Moira Shearer King; married name Moira Shearer Kennedy, Lady Kennedy] (1926–2006), ballet dancer, actress, and writer, was born on 17 January 1926 at Morton Lodge, Dunfermline, Fife, the only child of Harold Charles King, civil engineer, and his wife, ...