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Also Known As: Leslie Claire Margaret Caron Died:
Born: July 1, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: actor, dancer

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An unconventional beauty who specialized in waif-like roles in her early career, Leslie Caron was an actress and dancer who rose to fame in the 1950s in such acclaimed musicals as "An American in Paris" (1951) and "Gigi" (1958). Caron also projected considerable warmth and charm in straight dramas, which led to a successful career outside of musicals, including Oscar-nominated turns in "Gaby" (1958) and "The L-Shaped Room" (1963). Her Hollywood star faded somewhat in the late 1960s and 1970s, though she was active in European productions, where she was well utilized as elegant older women. Caron was still active in the 1990s and early 2000s, enjoying substantive roles in several well-regarded films, including "Damage" (1993), "Chocolat" (2000) and one of the final Merchant-Ivory productions, "Le Divorce" (2003). Her effortless class and grace, both onscreen and off, especially in the face of a high-profile divorce case in 1965, were at the center of her enduring popularity.

An unconventional beauty who specialized in waif-like roles in her early career, Leslie Caron was an actress and dancer who rose to fame in the 1950s in such acclaimed musicals as "An American in Paris" (1951) and "Gigi" (1958). Caron also projected considerable warmth and charm in straight dramas, which led to a successful career outside of musicals, including Oscar-nominated turns in "Gaby" (1958) and "The L-Shaped Room" (1963). Her Hollywood star faded somewhat in the late 1960s and 1970s, though she was active in European productions, where she was well utilized as elegant older women. Caron was still active in the 1990s and early 2000s, enjoying substantive roles in several well-regarded films, including "Damage" (1993), "Chocolat" (2000) and one of the final Merchant-Ivory productions, "Le Divorce" (2003). Her effortless class and grace, both onscreen and off, especially in the face of a high-profile divorce case in 1965, were at the center of her enduring popularity.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Mystere Babilee, Le (2001) Herself
3.
 Murder on the Orient Express (2001) Nina Alvarado
4.
5.
 Chocolat (2000) Madame Audel
6.
 Passion's Way (1999) Regine Dechantelle
9.
 Funny Bones (1995) Katie
10.
 That's Entertainment! III (1994) Song Performer
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Was a professional ballet dancer from mid-1940s
1951:
Film acting debut in "An American in Paris"
1953:
Played signature role of "Lili"; earned Oscar nomination
1954:
Appeared as Ella in "The Glass Slipper", a retelling of Cinderella
1955:
Last dance musical, "Daddy Long Legs", opposite Fred Astaire
1958:
Made her London stage debut playing the title role of "Gigi"
1958:
Last musical, "Gigi" (singing voice was dubbed)
1959:
French language film debut in Abel Gance's "Austerlitz"
1963:
Earned second Oscar nomination for dramatic turn in "The L-Shaped Room"
1964:
Starred opposite Cary Grant in "Father Goose"
1974:
Had major role in the ABC miniseries "QB VII"
1977:
Portrayed flamboyant screen star Alla Nazimova in Ken Russell's "Valentino"
1984:
Appeared in CBS's star-studded miniseries of Sydney Sheldon's "Master of the Game"
1985:
Starred in national tour of "On Your Toes"
1992:
Appeared in Louis Malle's "Damage", playing the mother of Juliette Binoche's character
1995:
Acted in Peter Chelsom's "Funny Bones"; stellar cast included Oliver Platt, Jerry Lewis and Oliver Reed
1997:
Cast as Sela Ward's mother-in-law in "Passion's Way" (CBS)
2000:
Co-starred with Judi Dench and Ian Holm in the HBO original "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells"
2000:
Reunited with Dench and Binoche in "Chocolat"
2003:
Appeared in James Ivory's "Le Divorce" opposite Naomi Watts and Thierry Lhermitte
2006:
Made a rare appearance in front of American cameras to guest-star on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU"
2009:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Education

Paris Conservatoire: - 1944 - 1945

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husband:
George Hormel. Heir to meat-packing fortune. Married in 1951; divorced in 1954.
husband:
Peter Hall. Married in 1956; divorced in 1965.
husband:
Michael Laughlin. Producer. Married in 1969; divorced in 1980.
husband:
Paul Magwood. Divorced.
companion:
Robert Wolders. Former husband of Merle Oberon; together from 1994; separated in 1995.
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father:
Claude Caron. Chemist.
mother:
Margaret Petit. Ballerina.
son:
Christopher John Hall. Father,Peter Hall.
daughter:
Jennifer Caron Hall. Actor. Father, Peter Hall.
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