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Leslie Claire Margaret Caron (French pronunciation: [lɛzli kaʁɔ̃]) (born 1 July 1931) is a French film actress and dancer. She was one of the most famous Hollywood musical stars in the 1950s. Caron is best known for the musical films Gigi, Lili, An American in Paris, and Daddy Long Legs, and for the non-musical films The L-Shaped Room, Father Goose, and Fanny. She received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. She speaks French and English.

Caron was born in Boulogne-sur-Seine, Seine (now Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine), France, to Claude Caron, a French chemist, and Margaret Petit, an American dancer.[1] Caron was prepared for a performing career from childhood by her mother.

Caron started her career as a ballet dancer. But eventually Gene Kelly discovered her, and cast her to appear opposite him in the classic musical An American in Paris (1951), a role initially to be danced by Cyd Charisse, who was pregnant. This led to a long-term MGM contract and a string of films, which included the musical The Glass Slipper (1955) and the drama Gaby (1956).

She also starred in the hit musicals Daddy Long Legs (1955) with Fred Astaire, Gigi (1958) with Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier, and Lili (1953) with Mel Ferrer.

In 1953, Caron was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her starring role in Lili. In 1963, she was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the British drama The L-Shaped Room.

In the 1960s and thereafter, Caron worked in European films as well. Caron once said of herself: "I'm not a ballerina. I'm a hoofer."[2]

Her later film assignments included Cary Grant's Father Goose (1964); Ken Russell's Valentino (1977), in the role of silent-screen legend Alla Nazimova; and Louis Malle's Damage (1992).

She continues to act, appearing in the acclaimed film Chocolat (2000). She is one of the few leading ladies (or actors of any type for that matter) from the classic era of MGM musicals who is still active in film. (Others are Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Dean Stockwell, Rita Moreno, Margaret O'Brien, June Lockhart and others.) Her recent films include Funny Bones (1995) with Jerry Lewis and Oliver Platt, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000) with Judi Dench and Cleo Laine, and Le Divorce (2003) with Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts.

Most recently, Caron's guest appearance on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit earned her a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award. On April 27, 2009, Caron traveled to New York as an honored guest at a tribute to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe at the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio), where she spoke to the audience about her work on the Lerner and Loewe film Gigi (and An American in Paris, which had a screenplay by Lerner).

Caron married George Hormel II, a grandson of the founder of Hormel (a meat-packing company) in September 1951. They divorced in 1954.[3] Her second husband was Peter Hall, British theatre and film director. They wed in 1956 and had two children, Christopher John Hall (TV producer) in 1957 and Jennifer Caron Hall (actress) in 1962. Caron had an affair with Warren Beatty (1961). When she and Hall divorced in 1965, Beatty was named as a co-respondent and was ordered by the London court to pay "the costs of the case."[4] In 1969, Caron married Michael Laughlin, best known as producer of the film Two-Lane Blacktop. They were divorced in 1980.

Caron was also romantically linked to Dutch television actor Robert Wolders from 1994 to 1995, and was married to film crew member, Paul Magwood, with whom she has lived since 2003 in Wisconsin but divorced.[5][6]

In semi-retirement from films, she owns and operates an affordable bed and breakfast, Auberge La Lucarne aux Chouettes (The Owls' Nest Inn), located in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, located about 112 km (70 miles) south of Paris.[7]

Film

An American in Paris (1951)

The Man with a Cloak (1951)

The Million Dollar Nickel (1952) (short subject)

Glory Alley (1952)

The Story of Three Loves (1953)

Lili (1953)

The Glass Slipper (1955)

Daddy Long Legs (1955)

Gaby (1956)

Gigi (1958)

The Doctor's Dilemma (1958)

The Man Who Understood Women (1959)

The Subterraneans (1960)

Austerlitz (1960)

Fanny (1961)

Three Fables of Love (1962)

Guns of Darkness (1962)

The L-Shaped Room (1962)

Father Goose (1964)

A Very Special Favor (1965)

Promise Her Anything (1965)

Is Paris Burning? (1966)

The Head of the Family (1969)

Madron (1970)

Chandler (1971)

Purple Night (1972)

Surreal Estate (1976)

The Man Who Loved Women (1977)

Valentino (1977)

Nicole (1978)

Goldengirl (1979)

All Stars (1980)

Chanel Solitaire (1981)

Imperative (1982)

Dangerous Moves (1984)

Courage Mountain (1990)

Damage (1992)

The Genius (1993)

Warriors and Prisoners (1994)

A Hundred and One Nights of Simon Cinema (1995) (scenes deleted)

Funny Bones (1995)

The Reef (1999)

From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff (1999) (documentary)

Chocolat (2000)

Le Divorce (2003)

[edit] Television

ITV Play of the Week (1 episode, 1959)

Les Fables de La Fontaine (unknown episodes, 1964)

Carola (1973)

QB VII (unknown episodes, 1974)

Docteur Erika Werner (1978)

The Contract (1980)

Mon meilleur Noël (1 episode, 1981)

Tales of the Unexpected (1 episode, 1982)

The Unapproachable (1982)

Le Château faible (1983)

Master of the Game (1984)

Le Génie du faux (1985)

Falcon Crest (3 episodes, 1987)

The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (1988)

Lenin: The Train (1990)

The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (1 episode, 1996) voice

The Ring (1996)

The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)

Murder on the Orient Express (2001)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2006) Episode: "Recall"

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yes love her!

moreover she was in the same dancing lesson than Brigitte Bardot when she was young!

here at Cannes when they were young Leslie is on the left with BB who is with white coat

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Leslie Caron

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Leslie Claire Margaret Caron (born 1 July 1931) is a French film actress and dancer, who has appeared in 45 films between 1951 and 2003. She was one of the most famous Hollywood musical stars in the 1950s. Caron is best known for the musical films Gigi, Lili, An American in Paris, and Daddy Long Legs, and for the non-musical films The L-Shaped Room, Father Goose, and Fanny. She received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. She speaks French and English.

Early years

Caron was born in Boulogne-sur-Seine, Seine (now Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine), France, to Claude Caron, a French chemist, and Margaret Petit, an American dancer. Caron was prepared for a performing career from childhood by her mother.

Career

Caron started her career as a ballet dancer. But eventually Gene Kelly discovered her, and cast her to appear opposite him in the classic musical An American in Paris (1951), a role in which a pregnant Cyd Charisse was originally cast. This led to a long-term MGM contract and a sequence of films, which included the musical The Glass Slipper (1955) and the drama Gaby (1956).

She also starred in the successful musicals Daddy Long Legs (1955) with Fred Astaire, Gigi (1958) with Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier, and Lili (1953) with Mel Ferrer.

In 1953, Caron was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her starring role in Lili. In 1963, she was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the British drama The L-Shaped Room.

In the 1960s and thereafter, Caron worked in European films as well. Caron once said of herself: "I'm not a ballerina. I'm a hoofer."

Her later film assignments included Cary Grant's Father Goose (1964); Ken Russell's Valentino (1977), in the role of silent-screen legend Alla Nazimova; and Louis Malle's Damage (1992).

She continues to act, appearing in the acclaimed film Chocolat (2000). She is one of the few leading ladies (or actors of any type for that matter) from the classic era of MGM musicals who was still active in film. (Others are Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Dean Stockwell, Rita Moreno, Margaret O'Brien, June Lockhart, etc.) Her other recent credits include Funny Bones (1995) with Jerry Lewis and Oliver Platt, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000) with Judi Dench and Cleo Laine, and Le Divorce (2003) with Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts.

Most recently, Caron's guest appearance on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit earned her a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award. On April 27, 2009, Caron traveled to New York as an honored guest at a tribute to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe at the Paley Center for Media.In February 2010 she will play the role of Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Personal life

Caron married George Hormel II, a grandson of the founder of Hormel (a meat-packing company) in September 1951. They divorced in 1954. Her second husband was British theatre director Peter Hall. They married in 1956 and had two children, Christopher John Hall (TV producer) in 1957 and Jennifer Caron Hall, an actress, in 1962. Caron had an affair with Warren Beatty (1961). When she and Hall divorced in 1965, Beatty was named as a co-respondent and was ordered by the London court to pay "the costs of the case."In 1969, Caron married Michael Laughlin, best known as producer of the film Two-Lane Blacktop; they divorced in 1980.

Caron was also romantically linked to Dutch television actor Robert Wolders from 1994 to 1995, and was married to film crew member, Paul Magwood, with whom she has lived since 2003 in Wisconsin but divorced.

In semi-retirement from films, she owns and operates an affordable bed and breakfast, Auberge La Lucarne aux Chouettes (The Owls' Nest Inn), located in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, located about 112 km (70 miles) south of Paris.

Trivia

Height: 1.56 m

Spouse

Michael Laughlin (1.1.68-1980(divorced))

Peter Hall (6.8.56-5.2.65(divorced)(2 children))

Geordie Hormel (23.9.51-March 1954(divorced))

Paul Magwood (divorced)

Was president of the jury at the 'Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin' in 1989.

Born of a French father and an American mother

For Peter Hall's 30th birthday her present was - simply - a Rolls Royce.

When she told Fred Astaire that she wanted to create her own costumes for Daddy Long Legs (1955), he responded: "OK, but no feathers, please". Astaire recalled the exasperation he had with one of Ginger Rogers' elaborate gowns in a dance scene in Top Hat (1935). Some ostrich feathers broke loose from Ginger Rogers' gown and mischievously floated in mid air around Astaire's face. The shedding dress episode was recreated to hilarious effect in a scene from Easter Parade (1948) in which Fred Astaire danced with a clumsy, comical dancer played by Judy Garland.

Her talent as a dancer had been already noticed in 1946 by the then married Gene Kelly and Betsy Blair in a Roland Petit's ballet on the theme of Orpheus, but they could not meet her at the end of the show because Caron's mother used to take her immediately away.

She and her daughter, Jennifer Hall, co-starred on an episode of "The Love Boat" (1977), in the parts of mother and daughter.

Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980

Once romantically linked (1995-1996) to handsome "Laredo" actor Robert Wolders who married older actress Merle Oberon and was the companion of older actress Audrey Hepburn until her death in 1993. Leslie is five years older than Wolders.

Grew up with the nickname Carly Jane by her family and close friends.

Has two children: Christopher (born 1957) and Jennifer (born 1958).

Her first marriage to musician, composer and meat-packing planet heir (Hormel Foods) Geordie Hormel ended after a few years, and at the height of her fame because of career preferences. Her second marriage to famed stage director Peter Hall also ended in divorce, with his naming Warren Beatty, her co-star in Promise Her Anything (1965), as co-respondent. The London court ordered Beatty to pay court costs.

She was nominated for a 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for her performance in the play, "13 Rue De L'Amour," at the Arlington Park Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

Personal Quotes

"I'm not a ballerina. I'm a hoofer."

[on Warren Beatty] Anyone who has come close to Warren has shed quite a few feathers. He tends to maul you.

Even now I feel furious with myself because whenever there's a camera pointed towards me my MGM training makes me smile. I don't like it. You can see it on all the people who came from that era because there was no question of them not smiling for the camera. Even Katharine Hepburn -- and God knows she was a dramatic actress -- if the camera is on her she smiles.

I got what I have now through knowing the right time to tell terrible people when to go to hell.

FIlmography

Actress:

  1. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Lorraine Delmas (1 episode, 2006)
    ... aka "Law & Order: SVU" (USA: promotional abbreviation)
    ... aka "Special Victims Unit" (New Zealand: English title)
    - Recall (2006) TV episode .... Lorraine Delmas
  2. Le divorce (2003) .... Suzanne de Persand
  3. Murder on the Orient Express (2001) (TV) .... Sra. Alvarado
  4. Chocolat (2000) .... Madame Audel
  5. The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000) (TV) .... Madeleine
  6. The Reef (1999) .... Regine De Chantelle
    ... aka Das Riff (Germany: TV title)
    ... aka Passion's Way (USA)
  7. The Ring (1996) (TV) .... Madame de Saint Marne
    ... aka Danielle Steel's The Ring (USA: complete title)
  8. "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century" .... Czarina Aleksandra Romanov (1 episode, 1996)
    ... aka "1914-1918" (UK)
    - Hatred and Hunger (1996) TV episode (voice) .... Czarina Aleksandra Romanov
  9. Let It Be Me (1995) .... Marguerite
    ... aka Love Dance (UK)
  10. Funny Bones (1995) .... Katie Parker
  11. Guerriers et captives (1994)
    ... aka Guerreros y cautivas (Argentina)
    ... aka Warriors and Prisoners
  12. The Genius (1993)
  13. Damage (1992) .... Elizabeth Prideaux
    ... aka Fatale (France)
  14. Courage Mountain (1990) .... Jane Hillary
    ... aka Heidi - Le sentier du courage (France)
  15. Guns (1990) .... Waitress
  16. Lenin: The Train (1988) (TV) .... Nadia
    ... aka Der Zug (West Germany)
    ... aka Il treno di Lenin (Italy: first season title)
    ... aka Quel treno per Pietrogrado (Italy)
    ... aka Un train pour Petrograd (France)
  17. The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (1988) (TV)
  18. "Falcon Crest" .... Nicole Sauguet (3 episodes, 1987)
    - Redemption (1987) TV episode .... Nicole Sauguet
    - Obsession, Possession (1987) TV episode .... Nicole Sauguet
    - Opening Moves (1987) TV episode .... Nicole Sauguet
  19. Le génie du faux (1985) (TV)
  20. La diagonale du fou (1984) .... Henia Liebskind
    ... aka Dangerous Moves (USA)
  21. "Master of the Game" (1984) TV mini-series .... Solange Dunas
  22. Le château faible (1983) (TV) .... Alice
  23. Imperativ (1982) .... Mother
    ... aka Imperative (USA)
    ... aka Imperatyw (Poland)
    ... aka L'impératif (France)
  24. Die Unerreichbare (1982) (TV) .... Klaudia
    ... aka The Unapproachable (International: English title)
  25. "Tales of the Unexpected" .... Nathalie Vareille (1 episode, 1982)
    ... aka "Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected"
    - Run, Rabbit, Run (1982) TV episode .... Nathalie Vareille
  26. "Mon meilleur Noël" .... La Nuit (1 episode, 1981)
    - L'oiseau bleu (1981) TV episode .... La Nuit
  27. Chanel Solitaire (1981) (uncredited)
  28. Kontrakt (1980) (TV) .... Penelope
    ... aka The Contract (USA)
  29. Tous vedettes (1980) .... Lucille Berger
    ... aka All Stars (International: English title)
  30. Goldengirl (1979) .... Dr. Sammy Lee
  31. "Docteur Erika Werner" (1978) TV series .... Erika Werner
  32. Nicole (1978) .... Nicole
    ... aka Crazed (USA: DVD title)
    ... aka The Widow's Revenge (USA)
  33. Valentino (1977) .... Alla Nazimova
    ... aka Ken Russell's Valentino (Australia)
  34. L'homme qui aimait les femmes (1977) .... Véra
    ... aka The Man Who Loved Women (USA)
  35. Sérail (1976) .... Céleste
    ... aka Surreal Estate (USA)
  36. "QB VII" (1974) TV mini-series .... Angela Kelno (unknown episodes)
  37. Carola (1973) (TV) .... Carola Janssen
  38. Purple Night (1972)
  39. Chandler (1971) .... Katherine Creighton
  40. The Singing Filipina (1971)
  41. Madron (1970) .... Sister Mary
    ... aka His Name Was Madron (UK)
  42. Il padre di famiglia (1969) .... Paola, la moglie di Marco
    ... aka Jeux d'adultes (France)
    ... aka The Head of the Family (USA)
  43. Paris brûle-t-il? (1966) .... Françoise Labé
    ... aka Is Paris Burning? (USA)
  44. Promise Her Anything (1965) .... Michelle O'Brien
  45. A Very Special Favor (1965) .... Dr. Lauren Boullard
  46. Father Goose (1964) .... Catherine Freneau
  47. "Les fables de La Fontaine" (1964) TV series (unknown episodes)
  48. Les quatre vérités (1962) .... Annie (segment "Les deux pigeons")
    ... aka Las cuatro verdades (Spain)
    ... aka Le quattro verità (Italy)
    ... aka Three Fables of Love (USA)
  49. The L-Shaped Room (1962) .... Jane Fosset
  50. Guns of Darkness (1962) .... Claire Jordan
  51. Fanny (1961) .... Fanny
  52. The Subterraneans (1960) .... Mardou Fox
  53. Austerlitz (1960) .... Mlle de Vaudey
    ... aka La battaglia di Austerlitz (Italy)
    ... aka Napoleone ad Austerlitz (Italy)
    ... aka The Battle of Austerlitz (USA)
  54. The Man Who Understood Women (1959) .... Ann Garantier
  55. "ITV Play of the Week" .... Thérèse Tarde (1 episode, 1959)
    ... aka "Play of the Week" (UK: short title)
    - The Wild Bird (1959) TV episode .... Thérèse Tarde
  56. The Doctor's Dilemma (1958) .... Mrs. Dubedat
  57. Gigi (1958) .... Gigi
  58. Gaby (1956) .... Gaby
  59. Daddy Long Legs (1955) .... Julie Andre
  60. The Glass Slipper (1955) .... Ella
  61. Lili (1953) .... Lili Daurier
  62. The Story of Three Loves (1953) .... Mademoiselle (segment "Mademoiselle")
    ... aka Equilibrium
    ... aka Three Stories of Love
  63. Glory Alley (1952) .... Angela Evans
  64. The Man with a Cloak (1951) .... Madeline Minot
  65. An American in Paris (1951) .... Lise Bouvier

sources:

wikipedia.org

imdb.com

dr. macro

google picture search

LJ

Take a look at her website: http://www.lesliecaron.com/

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