Leslie Caron, star of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and GIGI is 85 today, the first of July, 2016.
Discovered by GENE KELLY who saw her in a Parisian ballet troupe , Leslie, at the age of 19, costarred in An American in Paris and was an instant success with her gamin-like quality and dancing skills.
She went on to costar with the other great Hollywood dancer,Fred Astaire in DADDY LONG LEGS, and then starred in one of the most successful ever musicals, GIGI.
During her career Leslie received two Oscar nominations for LILI (1953) and THE L SHAPED ROOM (1962).
In 2016 Leslie was still active ,appearing in several episodes of the TV series, “The Durrells”. And there is a new documentary about her called LESLIE CARON, THE RELUCTANT STAR which I hope becomes available soon.