Leslie Caron came from Paris to Hollywood more than 60 years ago to star with Gene Kelly in the 1951 MGM musical "An American in Paris."
She went on to star in such classics as "Daddy Long Legs" (1955), "Gigi" (1958) and "Fanny" (1961) and received best actress Oscar nominations for "Lili" (1953) and "The L-Shaped Room" (1963).
Along the way there were several marriages—including one to British director Peter Hall—and a well-publicized affair with Warren Beatty, with whom she appeared in 1965's forgettable "Promise Her Anything."
Caron, who lives in Paris, has continued to act. Although the parts haven't been as meaty as during her 20s and 30s, she appeared in such miniseries as "QBVII," "Master of the Game" and "The Man Who Lived at the Ritz" in the 1970s and '80s. She had a small part in Francois Truffaut's "The Man Who Loved Women" (1977). She has also starred on the European stage and headlined the national tour of the revival of "On Your Toes" in 1984.
More recently, she appeared as the widow Madame Audel in "Chocolat" (2000) and in the 2001 TV remake of "Murder on the Orient Express." She also has a country inn at Auberge, La Lucarne aux Chouettes, that consists of four restored boathouses built centuries ago on the river Yonne.
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