Date of Birth: 1 July 1931
Leslie Caron biography:
Was president of the jury at the 'Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin' in 1989. Born of a French father and an American mother For Peter Hall's 30th birthday her present was - simply - a Rolls Royce. When she told Fred Astaire that she wanted to create her own costumes for Daddy Long Legs (1955), he responded: "OK, but no feathers, please". Astaire recalled the exasperation he had with one of Ginger Rogers' elaborate gowns in a dance scene in Top Hat (1935). Some ostrich feathers broke loose from Ginger Rogers' gown and mischievously floated in mid air around Astaire's face. The shedding dress episode was recreated to hilarious effect in a scene from Easter Parade (1948) in which Fred Astaire danced with a clumsy, comical dancer played by Judy Garland. Her talent as a dancer had been already noticed in 1946 by the then married Gene Kelly and Betsy Blair in a Roland Petit's ballet on the theme of Orpheus, but they could not meet her at the end of the show because Caron's mother used to take her immediately away. She and her daughter, Jennifer Hall, co-starred on an episode of "The Love Boat" (1977), in the parts of mother and daughter. Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980 Once romantically linked (1995-1996) to handsome "Laredo" actor Robert Wolders who married older actress Merle Oberon and was the companion of older actress Audrey Hepburn until her death in 1993. Leslie is five years older than Wolders. Grew up with the nickname Carly Jane by her family and close friends. Has two children: Christopher (born 1957) and Jennifer (born 1958). Her first marriage to musician, composer and meat-packing planet heir (Hormel Foods) Geordie Hormel ended after a few years, and at the height of her fame because of career preferences. Her second marriage to famed stage director Peter Hall also ended in divorce, with his naming Warren Beatty, her co-star in Promise Her Anything (1965), as co-respondent. The London court ordered Beatty to pay court costs. She was nominated for a 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for her performance in the play, "13 Rue De L'Amour," at the Arlington Park Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.