Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron

LESLIE CARON is a French film actress and dancer who appeared in 45 films between 1951 and 2003 and is best known for such films as An American in Paris (1951), Lili (1953) and Gigi (1958). She is one of the few dancers or actresses who can say that they have danced with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudof Nureyev. Caron has been nominated twice for the Academy Award as Best Actress for her performances in Lili and The L-Shaped Room (1962). Caron won an Emmy Award in 2007 for a guest role as a rape victim on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and continues to act today, in such films as Chocolat (2000) and Le Divorce (2003). On December 8, 2009, Caron received the 2,394th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2010 she published her autobiography, Thank Heaven. More recently, she starred as Lily Harrison in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (2014) at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California, and plays Countess Mavrodaki on the hit European series The Durrells that will debut in the US this year. She has been married three times, among her husbands was theater director Sir Peter Hall, with whom she had two children, Christopher and Jennifer.