Leslie Caron Biography (1931-)

Full name, Leslie Claire Margaret Caron; born November 4 (some sources say July 1), 1931, in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris, France; daughter of Claude (a chemist) and Margaret (maiden name, Petit) Caron; married George Hormel (a meatpacker), May, 1953 (divorced, 1954); married Peter Hall (a producer and director), August 6, 1956 (divorced, 1966); married Michael Laughlin (a producer,director, and writer), January 1, 1969 (divorced, 1980); married Paul Magwood (marriage ended); children: (second marriage) Christopher, Jennifer. Addresses: Agent: The Blake Agency, 1333 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401;Artmedia, 10 avenue George-V, 75008 Paris, France.; Contact: Camden Artists,2121 Avenue of the Stars, No. 410, Los Angeles, CA 90067-5010.

Leslie Caron was a sixteen-year old dancer with the Ballet des Champs-Elyseesin Paris when actor-dancer Gene Kelly first saw her perform and chose her tostar opposite him in the movie An American in Paris. The hit film, particularly the young dancer's performance in its climactic ballet, launched Caron's early career as the ingenue lead in a number of fifties musicals, including the popular Lili and Gigi. Caron's "elfin charm," according to some critics, lent itself well to playing adolescents or young women learning to deal with love and the adult world. Later in her motionpicture career, Caron gave up musicals to concentrate on straight dramatic roles. She has since won acclaim for her work in such films as The L-ShapedRoom.

Actress, dancer, singer, writer
Birth Details
November 4, 1931
Paris, France

Famous Works

Recent Updates

August 8, 2003: Caron starred in the James Ivory release Le Divorce. Source: New York Times, movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=281050, August 20, 2003.

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