Leslie Claire Margaret Caron is an actress and dancer born on 1st July 1931, in Boulogne-sur-Seine, Paris, France. During her career she has appeared in 45 films, most notably in “An American in Paris”(1951), “Lili”(1953), “Fanny”(1961), “The L-Shaped Room”(1962) and “Father Goose”(1964). She is a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Actress, and an Emmy Award winner.
Have you ever wondered how rich Leslie Caron is? According to sources it has been estimated that Leslie Caron’s net worth is over $10 million, as of July 2017, accumulated through a long and lucrative acting career which started in the early ‘50s. Since she is still active in the entertainment industry, her net worth continues to increase.
Leslie Caron Net Worth $10 Million
Leslie was born to Margaret Petit, a dancer on Broadway and Claude Caron a chemist and pharmacist. She took after her mother and pursued an artistic career, firstly as a ballerina. Caron was discovered by Gene Kelly in the “Roland Petit” company, who cast her as his co-star in “An American in Paris” film musical in 1951, and thanks to this, she signed a long-term MGM contract which secured her a series of films, including the same year in “The Man With a Cloak”(1951) co-starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joseph Cotton, and “The Glass Slipper” (1955). She also appeared in successful musicals “Lili”(1953) – receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress – “Daddy Long Legs”(1955) next to Fred Astaire, and “Gigi”(1958). Her later appearance in “The L-Shaped Room” (1962) won her BAFTA and Golden Globe awards, and the Best Actress Oscar nomination.
Apart from her US career, Caron also worked in European films; her later projects included “Father Goose”(1964) in which she starred next to Cary Grant, “Valentino”(1977) in the role of Alla Nazimova, and “Damage”(1992).
Aside from performing, Leslie was a member of the jury at the 5th Moscow International Film Festival’s in 1967 and the 39th Berlin International Film Festival in 1989. During the ‘80s she starred in the “Falcon Crest” TV series, and her later activity includes films such as “Funny Bones”(1995), “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells”(2000), “Chocolat”(2000) and “Le Divorce”(2003). All contributed to her et worth.
Caron belongs to the small group of actresses from the classic era of MGM who are still actively involved in acting. Her guest appearance in the popular TV series “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” brought her a Primetime Emmy Award in 2007. She was given a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2009.
When it comes to her private life, Leslie has married three times. Her first marriage was to George Hormel III from 1951 to 1954, her second was to theatre director Peter Hall whom she married in 1956 and with whom she had two children – Christopher John Hall, a TV producer and Jennifer Caron Hall, a writer, actress and painter. She married her third husband, Michael Laughlin in 1969, but the two divorced in 1980. Caron was also romantically linked to actors Warren Beatty and Robert Wolders.
Currently resides between Paris, London and New York City. [September 2011]
New York City: Appeared for "An Evening of Leslie Caron" sponsored by the Film Forum Theater as part of her effort to promote her recent paperback, "Thank Heaven: A Memoir". [December 2010]
Owned and operated an inn located at "Villeneuve-sur-Yonne", about 100km South of Paris. The name of the inn is "La Lucarne aux Chouettes", which loosely translates to "The Owl's Nest". The hotel was sold in 2010 (1997).
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.
Her first marriage to musician, composer and meat-packing planet heir (Hormel Foods) Geordie Hormel ended after three years. 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 (1966), as co-respondent. The London court ordered Beatty to pay court costs.
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.
Was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980.
She and her daughter, Jennifer Caron Hall, co-starred on an episode of The Love Boat (1977), in the roles of mother and daughter, both con artists, engaged in fleecing millionaires.
Her talent as a dancer had been already noticed in 1948 by Gene Kelly and his wife Betsy Blair in a Roland Petit's ballet on the theme of Oedipus, but they could not meet her at the end of the show, because she went home like a good girl.
When she told Fred Astaire that she wanted to create her own costumes for Daddy Long Legs (1955), he responded: "Okay, 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.
For Peter Hall's 30th birthday, her present was - simply - a Rolls Royce.
Parents are Claude and Margaret Caron; has one older brother: Aimery Caron.
Was president of the jury at the "Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin" in 1989.
Even now, I feel furious with myself because whenever there's a camera pointed towards me, my MGM training makes me smile. I don't like it. You can see it on all the people who came from that era because there was no question of them not smiling for the camera. Even Katharine Hepburn -- and God knows she was a dramatic actress -- if the camera is on her, she smiles.
Unfortunately, Hollywood considers musical dancers as hoofers. Regrettable expression.