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Leslie Caron

Leslie CaronAKA Leslie Claire Margaret Caron

Born: 1-Jul-1931
Birthplace: Paris, France

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Dancer, Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Gigi

Leslie Caron's mother was an American dancer who briefly made it to Broadway, but gave up her career for marriage, and eventually took her own life. She nudged her daughter toward dancing almost as soon as she could walk, and by the age of 16 young Leslie was chosen to dance with France's prestigious Ballet de Champs Elysees. After three years as a professional dancer, Caron was "discovered" by Gene Kelly, and at the age of 19 she starred with him in the classic An American in Paris.

She made numerous Hollywood musicals, dancing with Fred Astaire in Daddy Long Legs, singing but not dancing with Kelly in Gigi with Maurice Chevalier, and slapping Cary Grant (who slapped her back) in Father Goose. She also worked often in European films, and won a British Academy Award playing the unwed pregnant woman who gathers strength from her odd roommates in The L-Shaped Room. Her more recent films include Funny Bones with Jerry Lewis and Oliver Platt and Le Divorce with Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts.

In semi-retirement from films, Caron now runs a surprisingly affordable bed and breakfast, La Lucarne aux Chouettes (The Owl's Nest), located about 70 miles outside of Paris.

Father: Claude Caron (French chemist)
Mother: Margaret Petit (American dancer, d. suicide)
Husband: George Hormel II (meat packing heir and composer, m. 1951, div. 1954, d. 2006)
Husband: Peter Hall (British film and stage producer, m. 1956, div. 1966, two children)
Daughter: Jennifer Hall (actress, b. 1962)
Son: Christopher Hall (TV producer, b. 30-Mar-1957)
Slept with: Warren Beatty (actor, 1961)
Boyfriend: Peter Lawford (actor, together early 1960s)
Boyfriend: Frank Sinatra (actor, together mid-1960s)
Husband: Michael Laughlin (film producer, m. 1967, div. 1977)
Boyfriend: Jean-Pierre Petrolacci (screenwriter, together 1980s)
Boyfriend: Robert Wolders (actor, together 1994-95)
Boyfriend: Paul C. Magwood (backstage film worker, cohabited since 2003)

    Golden Globe 1964 for The L-Shaped Room
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6153 Hollywood Blvd. (motion pictures)
    French Ancestry Paternal
    Risk Factors: Smoking

    Chris & Don: A Love Story (31-Aug-2007) · Herself
    Le Divorce (8-Aug-2003) · Suzanne de Persand
    Murder on the Orient Express (22-Apr-2001)
    Chocolat (15-Dec-2000) · Mme. Audel
    The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (26-Aug-2000)
    The Ring (20-Oct-1996)
    Let It Be Me (17-Nov-1995)
    Funny Bones (24-Mar-1995)
    Damage (2-Dec-1992) · Elizabeth Prideaux
    Courage Mountain (16-Feb-1990) · Jane Hillary
    Guns (1990)
    Dangerous Moves (15-Apr-1984)
    Imperative (28-Aug-1982)
    The Contract (1980)
    Goldengirl (15-Jun-1979)
    Valentino (7-Sep-1977)
    The Man Who Loved Women (27-Apr-1977)
    James Dean: The First American Teenager (1975) · Herself
    QB VII (29-Apr-1974)
    Chandler (1-Dec-1971) · Katherine
    Madron (1970)
    Is Paris Burning? (26-Oct-1966)
    Promise Her Anything (22-Feb-1966) · Michelle O'Brien
    A Very Special Favor (2-Aug-1965)
    Father Goose (10-Dec-1964)
    The L-Shaped Room (20-Nov-1962) · Jane
    Guns of Darkness (1962)
    Fanny (28-Jun-1961)
    The Subterraneans (23-Jun-1960)
    Austerlitz (17-Jun-1960)
    The Man Who Understood Women (2-Oct-1959)
    The Doctor's Dilemma (17-Dec-1958) · Mrs. Dubedat
    Gigi (15-May-1958) · Gigi
    Gaby (9-May-1956)
    Daddy Long Legs (5-May-1955) · Julie Andre
    The Glass Slipper (24-Mar-1955) · Ella
    Lili (10-Mar-1953) · Lili Daurier
    The Story of Three Loves (5-Mar-1953)
    Glory Alley (6-Jun-1952) · Angela
    The Man with a Cloak (27-Nov-1951) · Madeline Minot
    An American in Paris (4-Oct-1951) · Lise Bouvier

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