Leslie Caron

Leslie Claire Margaret Caron (born 1 July 1931) is a French-American actress, dancer and writer. She is the recipient of various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, two BAFTA Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards. Caron started her career as a ballerina. She made her film debut in the musical An American in Paris (1951), followed by roles in The Man with a Cloak (1951), Glory Alley (1952) and The Story of Three Loves (1953), before receving critical acclaim for her role as an orphan in Lili (also 1953), which earned her the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress and garnered nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. As a leading lady, Caron went on to star in films such as The Glass Slipper, Daddy Long Legs (both 1955), Gigi (1958), Fanny (1961), both of which earned her Golden Globe nominations, Guns of Darkness (1962), The L-Shaped Room (both 1962), Father Goose (1964) and A Very Special Favor (1965). For her role of a single pregnant woman in The L-Shaped Room, Caron, in addition to receiving a second Academy Award nomination, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and a second BAFTA Award. Caron's other roles include Is Paris Burning? (1966), That's Entertainment! (1974), The Man Who Loved Women, Valentino (both 1977), Damage (1992), Funny Bones (1995), Chocolat (2000) and Le Divorce (2003). In 2007, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress ...

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An American in Paris (1951)

Jerry Mulligan is an exuberant American expatriate in Paris trying to make a reputation as a painter. His friend Adam is a struggling concert pianist who's a long time associate of a famous French singer, Henri Baurel. A lonely society woman, Milo Roberts, takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Gene Kelly  •  Leslie Caron  •  Oscar Levant  •  Georges Guétary

Jerry Mulligan is an exuberant American expatriate in Paris trying to make a reputation as a painter. His friend Adam is a struggling concert pianist who's a long time associate of a famous French singer, Henri Baurel. A lonely society woman, Milo Roberts, takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Gene Kelly  •  Leslie Caron  •  Oscar Levant  •  Georges Guétary

Chocolat (2000)

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A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group of Boat Gypsies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Juliette Binoche  •  Alfred Molina  •  Johnny Depp  •  Carrie-Anne Moss

A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group of Boat Gypsies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Juliette Binoche  •  Alfred Molina  •  Johnny Depp  •  Carrie-Anne Moss

Daddy Long Legs (1955)

Wealthy American, Jervis Pendleton has a chance encounter at a French orphanage with a cheerful 18-year-old residen, and anonymously pays for her education at a New England college. She writes letters to her mysterious benefactor regularly, but he never writes back ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Negulesco
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Leslie Caron  •  Terry Moore  •  Thelma Ritter

Wealthy American, Jervis Pendleton has a chance encounter at a French orphanage with a cheerful 18-year-old residen, and anonymously pays for her education at a New England college. She writes letters to her mysterious benefactor regularly, but he never writes back ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Negulesco
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Leslie Caron  •  Terry Moore  •  Thelma Ritter

Damage (1992)

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The life of a respected British politician at the height of his career crumbles when he becomes obsessed with his son's lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis Malle
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Juliette Binoche  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Rupert Graves

The life of a respected British politician at the height of his career crumbles when he becomes obsessed with his son's lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis Malle
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Juliette Binoche  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Rupert Graves

Fanny (1961)

Almost 19-year-old Marius feels himself in a rut in Marseille, his life planned for him by his cafe'-owning father, and he longs for the sea. The night before he is to leave on a 5-year voyage, Fanny, a girl he grew up with, reveals that she is in love with him, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joshua Logan
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Maurice Chevalier  •  Charles Boyer  •  Horst Buchholz

Almost 19-year-old Marius feels himself in a rut in Marseille, his life planned for him by his cafe'-owning father, and he longs for the sea. The night before he is to leave on a 5-year voyage, Fanny, a girl he grew up with, reveals that she is in love with him, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joshua Logan
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Maurice Chevalier  •  Charles Boyer  •  Horst Buchholz

Father Goose (1964)

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During World War II, South Sea beachcomber Walter Eckland is persuaded to spy on planes passing over his island. He gets more than he bargained for as schoolteacher Catherine Frenau arrives on the run from the Japanese with her pupils in tow!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Nelson
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Leslie Caron  •  Trevor Howard  •  Jack Good

During World War II, South Sea beachcomber Walter Eckland is persuaded to spy on planes passing over his island. He gets more than he bargained for as schoolteacher Catherine Frenau arrives on the run from the Japanese with her pupils in tow!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Nelson
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Leslie Caron  •  Trevor Howard  •  Jack Good

Gigi (1958)

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A home, a motorcar, servants, the latest fashions: the most eligible and most finicky bachelor in Paris offers them all to Gigi. But she, who's gone from girlish gawkishness to cultured glamour before our eyes, yearns for that wonderful something money can't buy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Maurice Chevalier  •  Louis Jourdan  •  Hermione Gingold

A home, a motorcar, servants, the latest fashions: the most eligible and most finicky bachelor in Paris offers them all to Gigi. But she, who's gone from girlish gawkishness to cultured glamour before our eyes, yearns for that wonderful something money can't buy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Maurice Chevalier  •  Louis Jourdan  •  Hermione Gingold

The Man Who Loved Women (1977)

At Bertrand Morane's burial there are many of the women that the 40-year-old engineer loved. In flashback Bertrand's life and love affairs are told by himself while writing an autobiographical novel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Charles Denner  •  Brigitte Fossey  •  Nelly Borgeaud  •  Geneviève Fontanel

At Bertrand Morane's burial there are many of the women that the 40-year-old engineer loved. In flashback Bertrand's life and love affairs are told by himself while writing an autobiographical novel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Charles Denner  •  Brigitte Fossey  •  Nelly Borgeaud  •  Geneviève Fontanel

Dangerous Moves (1984)

World Chess Champion Akiva Liebskind (Michel Piccoli) faces his former pupil Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt), who defected to the West from the Soviet Union five years earlier, for the World Chess Championship in Geneva, Switzerland. The tension and strategies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Dembo
CAST:  Michel Piccoli  •  Alexandre Arbatt  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Leslie Caron

World Chess Champion Akiva Liebskind (Michel Piccoli) faces his former pupil Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt), who defected to the West from the Soviet Union five years earlier, for the World Chess Championship in Geneva, Switzerland. The tension and strategies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Dembo
CAST:  Michel Piccoli  •  Alexandre Arbatt  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Leslie Caron

Le Divorce (2003)

While visiting her sister in Paris, a young woman finds romance and learns her brother-in-law is a philanderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Catherine Samie

While visiting her sister in Paris, a young woman finds romance and learns her brother-in-law is a philanderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Catherine Samie

Lili (1953)

Members of a circus troupe "adopt" Lili Daurier when she finds herself stranded in a strange town. The magician who first comes to her rescue already has romantic entanglements and thinks of her as a little girl. Who can she turn to but the puppets, singing to them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Mel Ferrer  •  Jean-Pierre Aumont  •  Zsa Zsa Gabor

Members of a circus troupe "adopt" Lili Daurier when she finds herself stranded in a strange town. The magician who first comes to her rescue already has romantic entanglements and thinks of her as a little girl. Who can she turn to but the puppets, singing to them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Mel Ferrer  •  Jean-Pierre Aumont  •  Zsa Zsa Gabor

That's Entertainment! (1974)

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Bing Crosby  •  Gene Kelly  •  Peter Lawford

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Bing Crosby  •  Gene Kelly  •  Peter Lawford

Valentino (1977)

In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Russell
CAST:  Rudolf Nureyev  •  Leslie Caron  •  Michelle Phillips  •  Carol Kane

In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Russell
CAST:  Rudolf Nureyev  •  Leslie Caron  •  Michelle Phillips  •  Carol Kane

The L-Shaped Room (1962)

Jane is young, French, pregnant and unmarried. Bucking convention, she is uninterested in settling with her baby's father or getting an abortion. After renting a room in a dingy London boarding house, Jane befriends the odd group of inhabitants and starts an affair ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Forbes
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Tom Bell  •  Brock Peters  •  Bernard Lee

Jane is young, French, pregnant and unmarried. Bucking convention, she is uninterested in settling with her baby's father or getting an abortion. After renting a room in a dingy London boarding house, Jane befriends the odd group of inhabitants and starts an affair ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Forbes
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Tom Bell  •  Brock Peters  •  Bernard Lee

That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon, from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael J. Sheridan  •  Bud Friedgen
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lena Horne  •  Howard Keel

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon, from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael J. Sheridan  •  Bud Friedgen
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lena Horne  •  Howard Keel

The Glass Slipper (1955)

Musical adaptation of the story of Cinderella and her magical trip to the prince's ball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Michael Wilding  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Estelle Winwood

Musical adaptation of the story of Cinderella and her magical trip to the prince's ball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Michael Wilding  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Estelle Winwood

That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Gene Kelly  •  Judy Garland  •  Mickey Rooney

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Gene Kelly  •  Judy Garland  •  Mickey Rooney

Glory Alley (1952)

A New Orleans boxer (Ralph Meeker) backs out of a bout and leaves his girlfriend (Leslie Caron) for Korea.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Ralph Meeker  •  Leslie Caron  •  Kurt Kasznar  •  Gilbert Roland

A New Orleans boxer (Ralph Meeker) backs out of a bout and leaves his girlfriend (Leslie Caron) for Korea.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Ralph Meeker  •  Leslie Caron  •  Kurt Kasznar  •  Gilbert Roland

The Head Of The Family (1967)

A man is delighted to hear that his wife is pregnant and he begins to prepare for the wonders of fatherhood. As time progresses along, the family grows larger with each successive child and the father feels his importance in the family has been lessened with all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nanni Loy
CAST:  Nino Manfredi  •  Leslie Caron  •  Ugo Tognazzi  •  Mario Carotenuto

A man is delighted to hear that his wife is pregnant and he begins to prepare for the wonders of fatherhood. As time progresses along, the family grows larger with each successive child and the father feels his importance in the family has been lessened with all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nanni Loy
CAST:  Nino Manfredi  •  Leslie Caron  •  Ugo Tognazzi  •  Mario Carotenuto

The Contract (1980)

Bearing traces of the old Anton Chekhov play The Wedding, The Contract is set during an "arranged" ceremony. The bride and groom barely know each other, but this matters not at all to their tradition-bound families. At the last minute, the bride balks. Only ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Krzysztof Zanussi
CAST:  Maja Komorowska  •  Tadeusz Łomnicki  •  Krzysztof Kolberger  •  Zofia Mrozowska

Bearing traces of the old Anton Chekhov play The Wedding, The Contract is set during an "arranged" ceremony. The bride and groom barely know each other, but this matters not at all to their tradition-bound families. At the last minute, the bride balks. Only ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Krzysztof Zanussi
CAST:  Maja Komorowska  •  Tadeusz Łomnicki  •  Krzysztof Kolberger  •  Zofia Mrozowska
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