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Birth information

1 July 1931 Boulogne-Billancourt, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France

Given Name

Leslie Claire Margaret Caron

How tall is Leslie Caron?

1.56 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Michael Laughlin
Peter Hall
Geordie Hormel

Life Story of Leslie Caron

French ballet dancer Leslie Caron was discovered by the legendary MGM star Gene Kelly during his search for a co-star in one of the finest musicals ever filmed, the Oscar-winning An American in Paris (1951), which was inspired by and based on the music of George Gershwin. Leslie's gamine looks and pixie-like appeal would be ideal for Cinderella-type rags-to-riches stories, and Hollywood made fine use of it. Combined with her fluid dancing skills, she became one of the top foreign musical artists of the 1950s, while her triple-threat talents as a singer, dancer and actress sustained her long after musical film's "Golden Age" had passed.

Leslie Claire Margaret Caron was born in France on July 1, 1931. Her father, Claude Caron, was a French chemist, and her American-born mother, Margaret Petit, had been a ballet dancer back in the States during the 1920s. Leslie herself began taking dance lessons at age 11. She was on holidays at her grandparents' estate near Grasse when the Allies landed on the 15th of August 1944. After the German rendition, she and her family went to Paris to live. There she attended the Convent of the Assumption and started ballet training. While...

Publications and Magazines about Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron Thank Heaven: A Memoir. 2009

What movies did Leslie Caron play or participate?

Actors Filmography
A Christmas Carol (2019) , The Durrells in Corfu (2018) Countess Mavrodaki, The Perfect Age (2017) Marguerite, Jo (2013) Josette Lenoir, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2006) Lorraine Delmas, The Divorce (2003) Suzanne de Persand, Murder on the Orient Express (2001) Sra. Alvarado, Chocolat (2000) Madame Audel, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000) Madeleine, Passion's Way (1999) Regine De Chantelle, 1914-1918 (1996) Czarina Aleksandra Romanov, The Ring (1996) Madame de Saint Marne, Let It Be Me (1995) Marguerite, Funny Bones (1995) Katie Parker,...

Birth information

1 July 1931 Boulogne-Billancourt, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France

Given Name

Leslie Claire Margaret Caron

How tall is Leslie Caron?

1.56 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Michael Laughlin
Peter Hall
Geordie Hormel

Life Story of Leslie Caron

French ballet dancer Leslie Caron was discovered by the legendary MGM star Gene Kelly during his search for a co-star in one of the finest musicals ever filmed, the Oscar-winning An American in Paris (1951), which was inspired by and based on the music of George Gershwin. Leslie's gamine looks and pixie-like appeal would be ideal for Cinderella-type rags-to-riches stories, and Hollywood made fine use of it. Combined with her fluid dancing skills, she became one of the top foreign musical artists of the 1950s, while her triple-threat talents as a singer, dancer and actress sustained her long after musical film's "Golden Age" had passed.

Leslie Claire Margaret Caron was born in France on July 1, 1931. Her father, Claude Caron, was a French chemist, and her American-born mother, Margaret Petit, had been a ballet dancer back in the States during the 1920s. Leslie herself began taking dance lessons at age 11. She was on holidays at her grandparents' estate near Grasse when the Allies landed on the 15th of August 1944. After the German rendition, she and her family went to Paris to live. There she attended the Convent of the Assumption and started ballet training. While...

Publications and Magazines about Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron Thank Heaven: A Memoir. 2009

What movies did Leslie Caron play or participate?

Actors Filmography
A Christmas Carol (2019) , The Durrells in Corfu (2018) Countess Mavrodaki, The Perfect Age (2017) Marguerite, Jo (2013) Josette Lenoir, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2006) Lorraine Delmas, The Divorce (2003) Suzanne de Persand, Murder on the Orient Express (2001) Sra. Alvarado, Chocolat (2000) Madame Audel, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000) Madeleine, Passion's Way (1999) Regine De Chantelle, 1914-1918 (1996) Czarina Aleksandra Romanov, The Ring (1996) Madame de Saint Marne, Let It Be Me (1995) Marguerite, Funny Bones (1995) Katie Parker,...

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Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron in Daddy Langbein (1955)

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

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Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron in Daddy Langbein (1955)

Parents are Claude and Margaret Caron; has one older brother: Aimery Caron.

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Leslie Caron in Daddy Langbein (1955)

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

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Leslie Caron and Thelma Ritter in Daddy Langbein (1955)

When she told Fred Astaire that she wanted to create her own costumes for Daddy Long Legs (1955), he responded: "Okay, 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.

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Leslie Caron and Thelma Ritter in Daddy Langbein (1955)

Her talent as a dancer had been already noticed in 1948 by Gene Kelly and his wife Betsy Blair in a Roland Petit's ballet on the theme of Oedipus, but they could not meet her at the end of the show, because she went home like a good girl.

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She and her daughter, Jennifer Caron Hall, co-starred on the The Love Boat (1977) episodes, The Love Boat: The Christmas Cruise: Part 1 (1986) and The Love Boat: The Christmas Cruise: Part 2 (1986), in the roles of mother and daughter, both con artists, engaged in fleecing millionaires.

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Was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980.

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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.

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Her first marriage to musician, composer and meat-packing planet heir (Hormel Foods) Geordie Hormel ended after three years. 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 (1966), as co-respondent. The London court ordered Beatty to pay court costs.

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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.

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One of the few actresses to have danced with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in the movies, other actresses that have also done this includes Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse, Vera-Ellen, Debbie Reynolds and Rita Hayworth.

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Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6153 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 8, 2009.

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Mother-in-law of Glenn Wilhide and Jane Studd.

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Grandmother of Stephanie Clive (b. 1985), Freddie Hall and Ben Hall.

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Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron in Daddy Langbein (1955)

Returned to work three months after giving birth to her son Christopher Hall to begin filming Gigi (1958).

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Is one of 13 French actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination. The others in chronological order are: Claudette Colbert, Colette Marchand, Simone Signoret, Anouk Aimée, Isabelle Adjani, Marie-Christine Barrault, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Bérénice Bejo, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert.

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Owned and operated an inn located at "Villeneuve-sur-Yonne", about 100km South of Paris. The name of the inn is "La Lucarne aux Chouettes", which loosely translates to "The Owl's Nest". The hotel was sold in 2010 (1997).

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New York City: Appeared for "An Evening of Leslie Caron" sponsored by the Film Forum Theater as part of her effort to promote her recent paperback, "Thank Heaven: A Memoir". [December 2010]

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Currently resides between Paris, London and New York City. [September 2011]

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Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Ray Anthony, John Carlyle, Janice Carroll, Shirley Doble, etc.

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 27, a daughter Jennifer Caron Hall on September 21, 1958. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, Peter Hall.

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Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, John Carlyle, Janice Carroll, Shirley Doble, Kelly Gordon, etc.

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 25, a son Christopher Hall on March 30, 1957. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, Peter Hall.

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She appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: An American in Paris (1951) and Gigi (1958) and the Best Picture nominees Fanny (1961) and Chocolat (2000).

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As of 2016 she is the 2nd earliest surviving recipient of a Best Actress Oscar nomination, behind only Olivia de Havilland. She was nominated in 1953 for Lili (1953).

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Is one of 17 actresses to have received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for a performance where they acted out a labor and/or birth; hers being for The L-Shaped Room (1962). The others in chronological order are Luise Rainer for The Good Earth (1937), Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda (1948), Eleanor Parker for Caged (1950), Elizabeth Taylor for Raintree County (1957), Shirley MacLaine for Irma la Douce (1963), Vanessa Redgrave for Isadora (1968), Geneviève Bujold for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Marsha Mason for Cinderella Liberty (1973), Ann-Margret for Tommy (1975), Ellen Burstyn for Same Time, Next Year (1978), Jessica Lange for Sweet Dreams (1985), Meryl Streep for A Cry in the Dark (1988), Samantha Morton for In America (2002), Ellen Page for Juno (2007), Gabourey Sidibe for Precious (2009), and Ruth Negga for Loving (2016).

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She has appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: An American in Paris (1951) and Gigi (1958).

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Leslie Caron, Charlotte Austin, and Terry Moore in Daddy Langbein (1955)

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Leslie Caron in Valentino (1977)

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Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in Ein Amerikaner in Paris (1951)

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Leslie Caron and Ralph Meeker in Glory Alley (1952)

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Leslie Caron in Glory Alley (1952)

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Leslie Caron and Warren Oates in Chandler (1971)

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Leslie Caron and Warren Oates in Chandler (1971)

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