Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron

Born of a French father and an American mother

For Peter Hall's 30th birthday her present was - simply - a Rolls Royce.

Grandmother of Stephanie Clive, Freddie Hall, and Benjamin Hall.

Has two children: Christopher Hall (born 1957) and Jennifer Caron Hall (born 1958).

Her first marriage to musician, composer and meat-packing planet heir (Hormel Foods) Geordie Hormel ended after 3 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 (1965), as co-respondent. The London court ordered Beatty to pay court costs.

Her 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.

Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980

Mother-in-law of Glenn Wilhide and Jane Studd.

Once 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.

One 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.

Received the 2,394th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [December 2009].

Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her son Christopher Hall to begin filming Gigi (1958).

She and her daughter, Jennifer Caron Hall, co-starred on an episode of "The Love Boat" (1977), in the parts of mother and daughter, both con artists, engaged in fleecing millionaires.

She 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.

Was president of the jury at the 'Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin' in 1989.

When she told Fred Astaire that she wanted to create her own costumes for Daddy Long Legs (1955), he responded: "OK, 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.