Leslie Caron

  • Birth Name: Leslie Claire Margaret Caron
  • Birth Place: Boulogne-sur-Seine, France
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Began studying ballet at age 10.
  • Was spotted on stage by Gene Kelly, who recruited the teenager to costar with him in the Academy Award-winning picture An American in Paris (1951).
  • Danced with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev.
  • Eventually gave up dancing because of a hip operation.
  • Owns a bed and breakfast, Auberge La Lucarne aux Chouettes (The Owl's Nest Inn), in the Burgundy region of France.
  • Published her autobiography Thank Heaven: A Memoir in November 2009. The title is a reference to the opening song from her hit musical Gigi sung by Maurice Chevalier.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 8, 2009; it's placed between those of former costars Gene Kelly and Louis Jourdan (Gigi).

Awards

  • 1959, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1954, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Winner
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1963, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actress: Winner
  • 1963, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1959, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Claude Caron — Father
  • Paul Magwood — Ex-husband
  • Jennifer Caron Hall — Daughter
  • Margaret Caron — Mother
  • Michael Laughlin — Ex-husband
  • Warren Beatty — Ex-significant Other
  • Peter Hall — Ex-husband
  • Robert Wolders — Ex-significant Other
  • Christopher John Hall — Son
  • Geordie Hormel — Ex-husband
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ARICA HIMMEL, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS

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