LESLIE CARON Biography - Famous Poets and dancers


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Her mother danced, perhaps part of her gift is genetic. She studied from                 
childhood at the Paris Conservatoire where she received excellent instruction.           
She was chosen at 16 to dance with the Ballet de Champs Elysees. And, after a             
mere three years, she was ?discovered? by Gene Kelly and blessed by being in the         
right place at the right time. From birth, Leslie Caron was on a path of                 
artistic mastery which would lead her on a journey from movie musicals to                 
intense drama, winning her international stardom and adoration. .                         
And she will always be Gigi, her 1958 starring role in Vincente Minnelli?s               
Academy Award-winning charmer. Her career since her debut as the ingenue in               
Minnelli?s An American in Paris has been anything but ordinary. She cannot be             
categorized by any facet of performing arts?she has excelled in them all?film,           
theater, television and music. Her vivaciousness has maintained the wide-eyed             
youthfulness we associate so clearly with her, yet her commitment to her craft           
and a life lived in Hollywood and Europe has deepened that look in her eyes. Her         
Oscar-nominated performances in the musical Lili (1953) and the unforgettable             
drama The L-Shaped Room (1963) (for which she won the British Academy Award)             
reflect the diversity Caron sought, refusing to be stereotyped. She still                 
performs, travels, writes and lives life to its fullest..                                 
Today, she also devotes herself to her inn, La Lucarne aux Chouettes (The Owl?s           
Window). Located 70 miles south of Paris in the Burgundy village of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, 
Caron?s love of antiques, fine art and her exquisite taste for food and wine             
have carved a piece of heaven in the French countryside. Her terrace overlooks           
the River Yonne and each room, purposefully decorated, reflects Leslie?s many             
personas. The direction of color and care which she has invested in this newest           
of artistic ventures may, perhaps, have been inspired by her first director,             
Vincente Minnelli..