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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Leslie Caron
LESLIE CARON (1931-Present), born Leslie Claire Margaret Caron, was an actress and a dancer in films. I became acquainted with this wonderful actress seeing her in the film Gigi when it first aired on television. I was captivated by her performance throughout and especially liked the scene, "The Night They Invented Champagne" that she sings with Louis Jourdan and Hermione Gingold.

Gigi (1958)Haven't you seen Gigi (1958)? This delightful film is a must-see for all musical fans. Winner of 9 Oscars and fifteen other awards, this film stands the test of the time. Leslie Caron plays Gigi alongside Louis Jourdan. It is a story friendship that grows into love. The screenplay was written by Alan Jay Lerner and was based on a Colette novel.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Daddy Long Legs (1955) Here, Leslie Caron plays Julie Andre, an eighteen-year-old orphan who is sponsored by an American millionaire played Fred Astaire.
Father Goose (1964) In this delightful romantic comedy, Leslie Caron plays "Goody-Two-Shoes" Catherine Freneau alongside "Filthy Beast" Cary Grant.
An American in Paris (1951) In her first film, Leslie Caron plays Lise Bouvier, a young French girl whom Jerry Mulligan, a struggling painter (played by Gene Kelly), falls for.
The Glass Slipper (1955) Leslie Caron plays Ella in this lovely Cinderella tale. Call it the precursor to Ever After. This film also dispenses with the magic spell side of making things happen.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Tues, Jul 10, 2007 / 8:50:28 PDT

Academy Awards®
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1953 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: LILI
1963 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: THE L-SHAPED ROOM