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Leslie Caron (1931)

Leslie Caron was born in France from a French father and an American mother and former dancer. The young girl started ballet at the age of 10 and was discovered by Gene Kelly in Roland Petit's company, the Ballets des Champs Elysées, performing La Rencontre, in 1947. Three years later, he cast her as his love interest and leading dancing partner in An American in Paris, which led to a contract with MGM Studios and to instant stardom. Many of her early films were musicals in which were made excellent use of her ballet training and juvenile allure. She starred alongside Fred Astaire in Daddy Long Legs, in 1955 and as the ideal Cinderella in The Glass Slipper, followed by a notable acting performance in Colette's Gigi, in 1958. With the decline of musicals by the end of the 1950s, Leslie Caron achieved to prove her dramatic talent in features such as Fanny, in 1961 and the L-Shaped Room, in 1963. From the end of the 1960s, her Hollywood career declined and she turned herself towards European productions for which she often embodied the ultimate elegant ageing woman, such as in François Truffaut's The Man who Loved a Woman, in 1977, Louis Malle's Fatale, in 1992, Lasse Hallstrom's Chocolate, in 2000 and James Ivory's Divorce, in 2003. With her waif-like figure and charming gestures, Leslie Caron incarnated the graceful dancer on Hollywood screens and mesmerized audiences while blooming into an accomplished and elegant actress, she did however have her own share of scandal when she was involved in an affair with Warren Beatty while married to Peter Hall.

Tags / Leslie Caron - Cinematic Women - Muses - 1950s - French Actress - Dance - Musical - Elegance
Leslie Caron and David Niven in Guns of Darkness directed by Anthony Asquith, 1962
Leslie Caron and David Niven in Guns of Darkness directed by Anthony Asquith, 1962
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Portrait of Leslie Caron for An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Portrait of Leslie Caron for An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron for An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron for An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Portrait of Leslie Caron for An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Portrait of Leslie Caron for An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1951
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1950's
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1950's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan in Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan in Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Portrait of Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Portrait of Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Portrait of Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier and Eva Gabor for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Portrait of Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier and Eva Gabor for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Leslie Caron and Isabel Jeans in Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Leslie Caron and Isabel Jeans in Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Louis Jourdan and Leslie Caron in Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Louis Jourdan and Leslie Caron in Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Louis Jourdan and Leslie Caron in Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Louis Jourdan and Leslie Caron in Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Doctor's Dilemma directed by Anthony Asquith, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Leslie Caron and maurice Chevalier on the set of  Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Leslie Caron and maurice Chevalier on the set of Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Yousuf Karsh, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1963
Yousuf Karsh, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1963
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Lucas  Cornel, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1964
Lucas Cornel, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1964
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1950's
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1950's
Portrait of Virginia Gibson, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor, Leslie Caron, Tony Curtis andJohn Derek at the 1952 Golden Globe Awards
Portrait of Virginia Gibson, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor, Leslie Caron, Tony Curtis andJohn Derek at the 1952 Golden Globe Awards
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1960's
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1960's
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1970's
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1970's
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1940's
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1940's
Clifford Coffin, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Vogue, 1948
Clifford Coffin, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Vogue, 1948
Portrait of Leslie Caron and Farley Granger in The Story of Three Loves directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1953
Portrait of Leslie Caron and Farley Granger in The Story of Three Loves directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1953
Lucas Cornel, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1964
Lucas Cornel, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1964
Davis Bailey, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1964
Davis Bailey, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1964
Patrick Lichfield, Portrait of Leslie Caron and her daughter, 1968
Patrick Lichfield, Portrait of Leslie Caron and her daughter, 1968
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1940's
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1940's
Leslie Caron in The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Leslie Caron in The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron on the set of The man with a Cloak directed by Fletcher Marckle, 1951
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron on the set of The man with a Cloak directed by Fletcher Marckle, 1951
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gaby directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1956
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gaby directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1956
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gaby directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1956
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gaby directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1956
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gaby directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1956
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gaby directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1956
Leslie Caron, Nelly Guillerm et Christian Dior, créateur des costumes du ballet de Roland Petit Treize danses. Paris, 1947
Leslie Caron, Nelly Guillerm et Christian Dior, créateur des costumes du ballet de Roland Petit Treize danses. Paris, 1947
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gaby directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1956
Virgil Apger, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gaby directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1956
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1954
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1954
Orson Welles and Leslie Caron Paris Brule t'il directed by René Clement, 1965
Orson Welles and Leslie Caron Paris Brule t'il directed by René Clement, 1965
Alain Delon and Leslie Caron Paris Brule t'il directed by René Clement, 1965
Alain Delon and Leslie Caron Paris Brule t'il directed by René Clement, 1965
Leslie Caron in The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Leslie Caron in The Glass Slipper directed by Charles Walters, 1955
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1960's
Portrait of Leslie Caron, 1960's
Portrait of Leslie Caron on the set of Fanny directed by Joshua Logan, 1961
Portrait of Leslie Caron on the set of Fanny directed by Joshua Logan, 1961
Portrait of  Leslie Caron for Glory Alley directed by Raoul Walsh, 1952
Portrait of Leslie Caron for Glory Alley directed by Raoul Walsh, 1952
Leslie Caron and Fred Astaire in  Daddy Long Legs directed by Jean Negulesco, 1955
Leslie Caron and Fred Astaire in Daddy Long Legs directed by Jean Negulesco, 1955
Leslie Caron in  L'Homme qui aimait les Femmes directed by François Truffaut, 1977
Leslie Caron in L'Homme qui aimait les Femmes directed by François Truffaut, 1977
Leslie Caron in  Valentino directed by Ken Russell, 1977
Leslie Caron in Valentino directed by Ken Russell, 1977
Leslie Caron in  Valentino directed by Ken Russell, 1977
Leslie Caron in Valentino directed by Ken Russell, 1977
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