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Thank Heaven: A Memoir Hardcover – November 25, 2009
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Caron represents one of the last remaining bridges to the golden era of MGM musicals, and as such, her eminently readable albeit often cursory book is sprinkled with legendary names beginning with Gene Kelly, who saw her in the Ballet des Champs-Elysées' 1948 production of "La Recontre", a performance he remembered vividly two years later when he returned to Paris in search of a dancing unknown to introduce in An American in Paris (replacing a pregnant Cyd Charisse).Read more ›
In 1957 I worked for Leslie Caron and Peter Hall as cook-housekeeper in their first flat in Hyde Park Square. Winston Churchill had his London residence across the Square. Baby Christopher was just a few weeks old and taken care of by Maria, the Swiss Nanny. The flat was a hospitable place with frequent lunch or dinner guests. I cooked for and served Cecil Beaton, Jean Renoir, Gene Kelly (he had a sensitive stomach and liked my bland soup), John Osborne, Lars Schmidt, Tennessee Williams and others.
When the Hall family left July 3, 1957 for Paris for the outdoor scenes for the movie GIGI, Leslie Caron wore a chic two piece grey suit she had sewn just a few days before. She constantly amazed me with her many talents, including in the kitchen. She taught me to prepare a leg of lamb and I use this method to this day.
The Halls liked to try different dishes; their favorite were Wiener Schnitzel and a Mocha cream dessert which was requested often. The Halls were kind and appreciative and sad when I gave notice.They had hoped I would stay months or years longer but I needed to turn my life into a different direction.
Thank you Leslie Caron for sharing your remarkable life so far. You always were and are a classy lady!
That said, the book finally reveals a warmth and humor to the lady that Caron has hidden in interviews during the past 40 years. She has often gone on the record rather bitterly, describing MGM as a brutal factory that allowed no artistic invention on the part of actors, so her sweet, nostalgic recollections of old Hollywood were a pleasant surprise. In particular, Caron sheds new light on Fred Astaire -- beginning with a rather shocking rehearsal photograph that shows Astaire without his hairpiece, a first I believe. As DADDY LONG LEGS was made during a period of intense grief in Astaire's life, Caron was poised to see a side of him not many were privy to, and she reports on it with tremendous, if unexpansive, sensitivity. Again, editors of celebrity memoirs would do well to guide their authors regarding how much or little to reveal. Along with LILI, DADDY LONG LEGS was arguably Caron's finest hour on film, revealing an unbelievably natural, genuine "not even acting" quality missing from her later, more assured performances.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There’s plenty of dish about Hollywood and the movie studios during the 1950s and 60s, but don’t expect to see Rob Wolders’ name within the pages. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marilyn Murray Willison
I enjoyed reading this candid memoir of one of my favorite film stars. In addition to being a talented dancer and actor, she is a good writer.Published 4 months ago by William L. Goff
A good read and an insight to Hollywood in her young days. She has had a very interesting life.Published 5 months ago by Sandra Otero
I had the great good fortune to spend a week with this remarkable woman. This book captures her perfectly. Candid, funny, endlessly elegant and smart. She is extraordinary.Published 6 months ago by Chris Boneau
Caron's "memoir" is as charming as she is. The book is fast reading, most of it very interesting. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Elaine Shefer
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 16 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 17 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 17 months ago by Doris forster