By Leslie Caron
(Plume, Paperback, 9780452296626, 288pp.)
Publication Date: November 30, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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"Caron provides countless dishy details about her exploits which are sure to entertain film buffs, Caron fans and aspiring actors."
While still a teenager, Leslie Caron-the daughter of an American mother and French father-was literally plucked from the Ballets des Champs- Elysées to star opposite Gene Kelly in An American in Paris, and went on to become an MGM star and one of the most cherished and admired actresses of our time.
Wry, poignant, and unguardedly frank, Thank Heaven (an homage to "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," the song Maurice Chevalier sings about her in Gigi) recounts Caron's unorthodox childhood in France, her string of Hollywood successes and leading men, her very public affair with Warren Beatty, and her later triumph over depression and alcoholism. Both witty and deeply moving, Caron's unsentimental memoir will captivate anyone who loves classic American movies.
Leslie Caron is one of the most cherished and admired international film stars of our time. She made her film debut with Gene Kelly in the classic MGM musical An American in Paris, created one of the most enduring roles in American musicals as Gigi, danced with Fred Astaire in Daddy Long Legs, and starred with Cary Grant in Father Goose. She lives in Paris.
Leslie Caron was an 18-year-old ballet student living in post-war Paris when Gene Kelly cast her to play a wide-eyed young beauty he meets in post-war Paris in the film An American in Paris. Caron went on to star in Gigi and Daddy Long Legs, and became known for playing young French women who discover life, men and champagne. Host Scott Simon interviews Caron about her new memoir, Thank Heaven. More at NPR.org
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