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Leslie Caron

A two-time Academy Award nominee, Leslie Caron's story is a Hollywood fairy tale that came true. A Paris native and daughter of a French father and an American mother, Caron was dancing in the Ballets des Champs-Elysees when she was discovered by Gene Kelly, who was scouting Paris for a leading lady to appear in Vincente Minnelli's AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Her stunning film debut would make her an overnight star and bring her a contract with MGM.

Caron went on to star in GIGI, which brought her a Golden Laurel Award for Top Female Musical Performance. She then received Oscar nominations for Best Actress in THE L-SHAPED ROOM and LILI. She also won the British Academy Award (BAFTA) for each film and a Golden Globe for THE L-SHAPED ROOM. More recently she was nominated for a SAG Award as a member of the cast of Lasse Hallström's romantic fairy tale CHOCOLAT.

Caron counts more than 70 features, television films, series and appearances to her credit. Her noted film performances include: DAMAGE, THE MAN WHO LIVED AT THE RITZ, DADDY LONG LEGS with Fred Astaire, FATHER GOOSE with Cary Grant, IS PARIS BURNING?, MADRON, CHANDLER, CHANEL SOLITAIRE, DANGEROUS MOVES, THE SEALED TRAIN and FUNNY BONES. Her numerous television credits include: Murder on the Orient Express, Run Rabbit Run, The Blue Birds and the acclaimed HBO movie The Last of the Blonde Bombshells.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Leslie Caron Facts

Birth NameLeslie Claire Margaret Caron
BirthdayJuly 1, 1931 (92)
BirthplaceBoulogne-Billancourt, France
Awards1964 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (for The L-Shaped Room)

Selected Filmography

Father Goose
An American In Paris
Le Divorce
TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Gene Kelly
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Best Picture Winners
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