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Thank heaven : a memoir
Leslie Caron
Adult Nonfiction PN2638.C2525 A3 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Caron went from Parisian ballerina to Hollywood movie star at 17, when Gene Kelly tapped her for a co-starring role in the 1951 hit An American in Paris. She became a star in the studio system of that era, and via her MGM contract shared billing with Fred Astaire and Cary Grant by day and socialized with Judy Garland and Lena Horne by night. It's been a glamorous life, but, as Caron reveals, not without struggles. She grew up in occupied Paris, her father a French chemist, her American mother a former dancer. Caron never felt good enough for her parents: "The path to excellent was clearly indicated, and my insecurity became chronic." Despite her success, she points to insecurity as the root of her decision to date or marry and divorce several controlling men, including meat-packing heir George Hormel II and actor Warren Beatty, with whom she had an affair in the 1960s. Caron provides countless dishy details about her exploits, which are sure to entertain film buffs, Caron fans and aspiring actors. Today, the 78-year-old two-time Academy Award nominee acts in the U.S. and Paris; in 2007, a role on Law and Order: SVU garnered a prime-time Emmy. Caron also runs an auberge, or inn, in France and, she writes, intends to avoid fading into the background. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Best known for An American in Paris and Gigi, Caron has had a multifaceted career in dance, film, theater, and television, served on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival, authored short stories, and became an innkeeper in Burgundy. Her book, much more memoir than straight autobiography, gives one the feeling of being in the room with her as she reminisces selectively. She covers her early life, living through World War II in occupied Paris, joining the Ballets des Champs Elysees, and working with choreographer Roland Petit. Opportunity knocked with An American in Paris, but the chapter on this is disappointingly brief. Caron was nominated for Oscars for Lili and The L-Shaped Room and won an Emmy in 2007 for a Law and Order performance. The sense of how fleeting fame and happiness are permeates the book. Married three times, she constantly reinvented herself in a variety of ways. Verdict For those interested in Caron and her career or in general movie star biographies. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 8/09.]-Barbara Kundanis, Longmont P.L., CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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