Leslie Caron

(b. 1931)

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(b Paris, 1 Jul. 1931)

French-US dancer and actress. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire and made her debut in 1948 with the Ballets des Champs-Elysées. That same year she created the Sphinx in Lichine's La Rencontre. In 1951 she was hired by Gene Kelly for his film An American in Paris. Although she briefly returned to Petit's Ballet de Paris in 1954, dancing in his La Belle au bois dormant in London, she devoted the rest of her career to acting. Her Hollywood films include Daddy Long Legs (1954), opposite Fred Astaire, Gigi (1958), Fanny (1961), and Father Goose (1964). She also featured in the British film The L-Shaped Room (1963) and in Louis Malle's Damage (1992).

Subjects: Music.

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