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Caron went from Parisian ballerina to Hollywood movie star at 17, when Gene Kelly tapped her for a co-starring role in the 1951 hit An American in Paris. She became a star in the studio system of that era, and via her MGM contract shared billing with Fred Astaire and Cary Grant by day and socialized with Judy Garland and Lena Horne by night. It's been a glamorous life, but, as Caron reveals, not without struggles. She grew up in occupied Paris, her father a French chemist, her American mother a former dancer. Caron never felt good enough for her parents: The path to excellent was clearly indicated, and my insecurity became chronic. Despite her success, she points to insecurity as the root of her decision to date or marry and divorce several controlling men, including meat-packing heir George Hormel II and actor Warren Beatty, with whom she had an affair in the 1960s. Caron provides countless dishy details about her exploits, which are sure to entertain film buffs, Caron fans and aspiring actors. Today, the 78-year-old two-time Academy Award nominee acts in the U.S. and Paris; in 2007, a role on Law and Order: SVU garnered a prime-time Emmy. Caron also runs an auberge, or inn, in France and, she writes, intends to avoid fading into the background. (Dec.)
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Caron’s first movie was An American in Paris. Twice nominated for Academy Awards—for Lili and The L-Shaped Room—she is a graceful and talented actress who’s equally at home in musicals (a song from Gigi gives the book its title) and dramas (she recently won an Emmy for a guest appearance on Law & Order: SVU). But this is more than a typical Hollywood autobiography. Caron begins the book with a lengthy and moving portrait of herself as a girl living in occupied France during World War II, and when she makes the transition from girlhood during the war to young woman learning her craft, the book’s tone doesn’t really change. Rather than approach her life in the public eye from a typically Hollywood angle, Caron writes seriously and passionately about her work, her craft, and her relationships with the people she met along the way. The book won’t appeal to those who like their celebrity autobiographies full of gossip, but it’s sure to strike a chord with those who value classic movies and classic actresses. --David PittSee all Editorial Reviews
I wish Leslie Caron would have spoken out about injustices in Hollywood. I feel she could have delved more deeply into personal feelings about acute events in her life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by rdubbs83
What a good book. LC has had a very interesting life, and she notices and describes the truth of people and situations. Lots of smarts and heart here.Published 6 months ago by zoé bolles
This was a great book written by a great actress. She's always been a favorite of mine ;but now that I read her autobiography I feel that I really got to know her as the fine... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Doris forster
I thought the book started a little slow but as it went on I loved it. I admire her for her courage during the war. She still is a lovely woman.Published 8 months ago by patricia nargizian
It is a charming, open and honest autobiography of Leslie Caron's fascinating life. The photos in the book were a pleasure too.Published 8 months ago by Steven Tiger
What an amazing woman, and what a wonderful career. Made me want to go back and revisit all her movies.Published 9 months ago by SueA
Very pleased with the book and with your service. Thank you. Nora SzechyPublished 10 months ago by Nora Szechy
I'm glad I read it, having been a great fan of her acting career and fashion sense. WWII brought a lot of trauma to her life, and there have been many personal setbacks during... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Maryann Y.