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Actress Leslie Caron, who delighted audiences throughout the 1950s in lush film musicals, was born on July 1, 1931, in Boulogne-Billaincourt, France. Groomed by her dancer mother for a ballet career, Caron debuted with the famed Ballet de Champs Elysses at age 16. Three years later, Gene Kelly discovered Caron and cast her in the 1951 classic An American in Paris.

The gamine beauty sang and danced her way through the decade in many celebrated musicals, including Lili (for which she was nominated for Best Actress), Daddy Long Legs, Gaby and Gigi. In 1963, she scored a second Oscar nomination for her role as an unmarried pregnant woman in the drama The L-Shaped Room and had another hit the next year with Father Goose, opposite Cary Grant.

Her later roles include Valentino, Damage, Chocolat and Le Divorce, as well as an Emmy-winning guest spot on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" in 2007.

Leslie Caron in Gigi


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Leslie Caron stars as Gigi, an avant-garde French waif being groomed as the fille de joie of affluent and handsome Gaston (Louis Jourdan). Soon Gigi metamorphoses into a stunning beauty, and the head-over-heels Gaston asks for her hand. But Gigi's courtesan grandmother is aghast: No one in the family has ever considered something as plebeian as matrimony! This 1958 gem won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director (Vincente Minnelli).

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