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Date Of BirthJuly 1, 1931
SpouseMichael Laughlin, Peter Hall, Geordie Hormel
FactGrandmother of Stephanie Clive, Freddie Hall and Benjamin Hall.

Leslie Caron is a French actress and dancer who appeared in some of the most popular films of the 1950s and ’60s. She is best known for her performances in “An American in Paris” (1951), “Gigi” (1958), and “The L-Shaped Room” (1962).

Born in Boulogne-sur-Seine, France, on July 1, 1931, Caron was the daughter of a doctor and a former ballet dancer. She began taking ballet lessons at an early age and made her stage debut at the age of 11. After appearing in a few French films, she was discovered by American film director Vincente Minnelli, who cast her in “An American in Paris.” The film was a huge success, and Caron went on to star in such classics as “Lili” (1953), “Daddy Long Legs” (1955), and “The Man with the Golden Arm” (1955).

In 1958, Caron starred in the musical “Gigi,” for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She also received an Academy Award nomination for her performance. Caron continued to appear in both American and French films throughout the 1960s and ’70s. Some of her later films include “The April Fools” (1969), “Valentino” (1977), and “A Little Romance” (1979).

Caron has been married twice. Her first husband was British actor Michael Wilding, with whom she had two sons. She later married American producer Warren Beatty, with whom she had a daughter. Caron has been nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. In 1999, she was awarded the César Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Full NameLeslie Caron
Date Of BirthJuly 1, 1931
Height1.56 m
ProfessionActor, Dancer, Singer, Businessperson


SpouseMichael Laughlin, Peter Hall, Geordie Hormel
ChildrenJennifer Caron Hall, Christopher Hall
ParentsMargaret Petit, Claude Caron
SiblingsAimery Caron


AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress, BAFTA Award for Best British Actress, Grammy Hall of Fame
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
MoviesAn American in Paris, Gigi, Lili, Daddy Long Legs, Father Goose, The L-Shaped Room, The Glass Slipper, Fanny, Chocolat, The Divorce, Promise Her Anything, The Story of Three Loves, A Very Special Favor, The Man with a Cloak, Funny Bones, The Doctor's Dilemma, Glory Alley, The Man Who Loved Women, Th...

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1Even now, I feel furious with myself because whenever there's a camera pointed towards me, my MGM training makes me smile. I don't like it. You can see it on all the people who came from that era because there was no question of them not smiling for the camera. Even Katharine Hepburn -- and God knows she was a dramatic actress -- if the camera is on her, she smiles.
2Unfortunately, Hollywood considers musical dancers as hoofers. Regrettable expression.


1As of 2016 she is the 2nd earliest surviving recipient of a Best Actress Oscar nomination, behind only Olivia de Havilland. She was nominated in 1953 for Lili (1953).
2She appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: An American in Paris (1951) and Gigi (1958) and the Best Picture nominees Fanny (1961) and Chocolat (2000).
3Gave birth to her 1st child at age 25, a son Christopher Hall on March 30, 1957. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, Peter Hall.
4Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 27, a daughter Jennifer Caron Hall on September 21, 1958. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, Peter Hall.
5Currently resides between Paris, London and New York City. [September 2011]
6New York City: Appeared for "An Evening of Leslie Caron" sponsored by the Film Forum Theater as part of her effort to promote her recent paperback, "Thank Heaven: A Memoir". [December 2010]
7Owned and operated an inn located at "Villeneuve-sur-Yonne", about 100km South of Paris. The name of the inn is "La Lucarne aux Chouettes", which loosely translates to "The Owl's Nest". The hotel was sold in 2010 (1997).
8Is one of 11 French actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination. The others in chronological order are: Claudette Colbert, Colette Marchand, Simone Signoret, Anouk Aimée, Isabelle Adjani, Marie-Christine Barrault, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard and Emmanuelle Riva.
9Returned to work three months after giving birth to her son Christopher Hall to begin filming Gigi (1958).
10Grandmother of Stephanie Clive, Freddie Hall and Benjamin Hall.
11Mother-in-law of Glenn Wilhide and Jane Studd.
12Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6153 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 8, 2009.
13One of the few actresses to have danced with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in the movies, other actresses that have also done this includes Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse, Vera-Ellen, Debbie Reynolds and Rita Hayworth.
14She was nominated for a 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for her performance in the play, "13 Rue De L'Amour", at the Arlington Park Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
15Her first marriage to musician, composer and meat-packing planet heir (Hormel Foods) Geordie Hormel ended after three years. Her second marriage to famed stage director Peter Hall also ended in divorce, with his naming Warren Beatty, her co-star in Promise Her Anything (1966), as co-respondent. The London court ordered Beatty to pay court costs.
16Once romantically linked (1995-1996) to handsome "Laredo" actor Robert Wolders who married older actress Merle Oberon and was the companion of older actress Audrey Hepburn until her death in 1993. Leslie is five years older than Wolders.
17Was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980.
18She and her daughter, Jennifer Caron Hall, co-starred on an episode of The Love Boat (1977), in the roles of mother and daughter, both con artists, engaged in fleecing millionaires.
19Her talent as a dancer had been already noticed in 1948 by Gene Kelly and his wife Betsy Blair in a Roland Petit's ballet on the theme of Oedipus, but they could not meet her at the end of the show, because she went home like a good girl.
20When she told Fred Astaire that she wanted to create her own costumes for Daddy Long Legs (1955), he responded: "Okay, but no feathers, please." Astaire recalled the exasperation he had with one of Ginger Rogers' elaborate gowns in a dance scene in Top Hat (1935). Some ostrich feathers broke loose from Ginger Rogers' gown and mischievously floated in mid air around Astaire's face. The shedding dress episode was recreated to hilarious effect in a scene from Easter Parade (1948) in which Fred Astaire danced with a clumsy, comical dancer played by Judy Garland.
21For Peter Hall's 30th birthday, her present was - simply - a Rolls Royce.
22Parents are Claude and Margaret Caron; has one older brother: Aimery Caron.
23Was president of the jury at the "Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin" in 1989.




The Durrells in Corfu2016TV SeriesCountess Mavrodaki
Jo2013TV SeriesJosette Lenoir
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2006TV SeriesLorraine Delmas
Le divorce2003Suzanne de Persand
Murder on the Orient Express2001TV MovieSra. Alvarado
Chocolat2000Madame Audel
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells2000TV MovieMadeleine
Passion's Way1999TV MovieRegine De Chantelle
The Ring1996TV MovieMadame de Saint Marne
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century1996TV Mini-SeriesCzarina Aleksandra Romanov
Let It Be Me1995Marguerite
Funny Bones1995Katie Parker
Normandy: The Great Crusade1994TV MovieMary-Louise Osmont (voice)
The Genius1993
Damage1992Elizabeth Prideaux
Guerriers et captives1990
Courage Mountain1990Jane Hillary
The Man Who Lived at the Ritz1989TV MovieCoco Chanel
Il treno di Lenin1988TV MovieNadia
Falcon Crest1987TV SeriesNicole Sauguet
The Love Boat1986TV SeriesMrs. Duvall
Le génie du faux1985TV Movie
Dangerous Moves1984Henia Liebskind
Master of the Game1984TV Mini-SeriesSolange Dunas
Cinéma 161983TV SeriesAlice
Die Unerreichbare1982TV MovieKlaudia
Tales of the Unexpected1982TV SeriesNathalie Vareille
Mon meilleur Noël1981TV SeriesLa Nuit
Chanel Solitaire1981uncredited
The Contract1980TV MoviePenelope
Tous vedettes!1980Lucille Berger
Goldengirl1979Dr. Sammy Lee
Docteur Erika Werner1978TV SeriesErika Werner
Valentino1977Alla Nazimova
The Man Who Loved Women1977Véra
Surreal Estate1976Céleste
QB VII1974TV Mini-SeriesAngela Kelno
Carola1973TV MovieCarola Janssen
Purple Night1972
Chandler1971Katherine Creighton
Madron1970Sister Mary
Off to See the Wizard1968TV SeriesElla
Il padre di famiglia1967Paola, la moglie di Marco
Paris brûle-t-il?1966Françoise Labé
Les fables de La Fontaine1966TV SeriesAny
Promise Her Anything1966Michele O'Brien
A Very Special Favor1965Dr. Lauren Boullard
Father Goose1964Catherine
Three Fables of Love1962Annie (segment "Les deux pigeons")
The L-Shaped Room1962Jane Fosset
Guns of Darkness1962Claire Jordan
Theatre Night1961TV SeriesOndine
The Subterraneans1960Mardou Fox
The Battle of Austerlitz1960Mlle de Vaudey
The Man Who Understood Women1959Ann Garantier
ITV Play of the Week1959TV SeriesThérèse Tarde
The Doctor's Dilemma1958Mrs. Dubedat
Daddy Long Legs1955Julie Andre
The Glass Slipper1955Ella
Lili1953Lili Daurier
The Story of Three Loves1953Mademoiselle (segment "Mademoiselle")
Glory Alley1952Angela
The Man with a Cloak1951Madeline Minot
An American in Paris1951Lise Bouvier


Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentary performer: "An American in Paris Ballet", "Our Love Is Here to Stay" - uncredited
That's Entertainment! III1994Documentary performer: "An American in Paris Ballet" 1936 - uncredited
MGM: When the Lion Roars1992TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
That's Entertainment, Part II1976Documentary performer: "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" 1953, "Love Is Here to Stay" 1938 - uncredited
That's Entertainment!1974performer: "An American in Paris Ballet" 1951 - uncredited
Gigi1958performer: "The Parisians", "The Night They Invented Champagne", "Say a Prayer for Me Tonight" - uncredited
Daddy Long Legs1955performer: "Something's Gotta Give", "Dream", "Sluefoot", "C-A-T Spells Cat", "Guardian Angel", "Dancing Through Life", "Nightmare Ballet Paris, Hong Kong, Rio"
Lili1953performer: "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo"
An American in Paris1951performer: "Our Love Is Here to Stay" 1937, "Embraceable You" 1930, "An American in Paris Ballet" - uncredited


François Truffaut: Portraits volés1993Documentary thanks


CBS News Sunday Morning2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star2016DocumentaryHerself
Simone Simon, la rebelle2012TV Movie documentaryHerself
Il était une fois...2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Mother of Normandy: The Story of Simone Renaud2010DocumentarySimone Renaud (voice)
Loose Women2009TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1980s, 1990s and 2000s2009Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960's2009Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing2009Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1950s: The Golden Era of the Musical2009Video documentaryHerself
Thank Heaven! The Making of 'Gigi'2008Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History2008Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical2008Video documentaryHerself
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Chris & Don. A Love Story2007DocumentaryHerself
Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm2006Video documentaryHerself
Fragiles et sublimes... Stars en clair obscur2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHerself
The 100 Greatest Musicals2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff2002DocumentaryHerself
American Masters2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Greats2001TV Series documentaryHerself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
One Taste Is Never Enough... The Pleasures of 'Chocolat'2000TV Movie documentaryHerself / Madame Audel
Jean-Pierre Aumont, charme et fou-rires1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Private Screenings1999TV SeriesHerself
Renoir1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Le cercle de minuit1997TV SeriesHerself
Great Performances1996TV SeriesHerself
Jean Renoir: Part Two - Hollywood and Beyond1993TV Movie documentary
The Royal Variety Performance 19921992TV MovieHerself - Host
Un dia és un dia1990TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Cary Grant: A Celebration of a Leading Man1988TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 5th Annual American Cinema Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbara Stanwyck1987TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Josh, the Logan Legend1986DocumentaryHerself
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Hour Magazine1985TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly1985TV Special documentaryHerself
Pavlova: A Tribute to the Legendary Ballerina1982TV MovieHerself - Host / Narrator
Billy Baxter Presents Diary of the Cannes Film Festival with Rex Reed1980TV Movie documentaryHerself
Fred Astaire: Change Partners and Dance1980TV Movie documentaryHerself
La nuit des Césars1977-1980TV Series documentaryHerself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1980TV SeriesHerself
Monsieur Cinéma1980TV SeriesHerself
The Making of 'Golden Girl'1979TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHerself - Actress
James Dean: The First American Teenager1975TV Movie documentaryHerself
Gala de l'union1975TV SeriesHerself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Le grand échiquier1974TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1973TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV SpecialHerself - Accepting the Award for Best Foreign Language Film
The Singing Filipina1971Herself
The 27th Annual Golden Globes Awards1970TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Henrietta Award World Film Favorite - Female / Male
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Director
The Eamonn Andrews Show1967TV SeriesHerself
Gala de l'Unicef1966TV SeriesHerself
Today1966TV SeriesHerself - Guest
An Hour with Robert Goulet1964TV Special
The 36th Annual Academy Awards1964TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Merv Griffin Show1962TV SeriesHerself on film
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
Let's Imagine1961TV SeriesHerself
Person to Person1959TV Series documentaryHerself
Cinépanorama1957TV Series documentaryHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHerself
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Toppers About Town1953TV SeriesHerself
The Name's the Same1953TV SeriesHerself
The Million Dollar Nickel1952ShortHerself

Archive Footage

Warren Beatty, une obsession hollywoodienne2015TV Movie documentaryHerself
René Clément, témoin et poète2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Many Faces of...2011TV Series documentaryMadeleine
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff2010DocumentaryFanny
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHerself
Royal Wedding: June, Judy and Jane2007Video documentary shortHerself
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Empire of the Censors1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryLise Bouvier / Gigi (uncredited)
Reel Horror1985Nicole
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActress - 'Father Goose' (uncredited)
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryLili / Lise Bouvier
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals1974TV MovieHerself
That's Entertainment!1974Lise Bouvier / Gigi
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHerself
Off to See the Wizard1967TV SeriesLili Daurier
MGM Parade1956TV SeriesGaby
The Ed Sullivan Show1954-1955TV SeriesHerself
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story1951Documentary


Won Awards

2009Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 6153 Hollywood Blvd. On December 8, 2009.
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
2005Lifetime Achievement AwardSarasota Film Festival
1996Lifetime Achievement AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
1989International AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards
1964Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - DramaThe L-Shaped Room (1962)
1963BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ActressThe L-Shaped Room (1962)
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Musical PerformanceGigi (1958)
1954BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressLili (1953)

Nominated Awards

2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureChocolat (2000)
1964OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe L-Shaped Room (1962)
1962Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - DramaFanny (1961)
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Dramatic PerformanceFanny (1961)
1959Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress - Comedy or MusicalGigi (1958)
1954OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleLili (1953)

2nd Place Awards

1963NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe L-Shaped Room (1962)

3rd Place Awards

1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Dramatic PerformanceThe L-Shaped Room (1962)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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