Silver Screen Dancing Queen, Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron

Dancer and actor Leslie Caron was born on July 1, 1931, in the commune of Boulogne-sur-Seine in the western suburbs of Paris, France. She brought some of the most endearing characters in the history of film to life, including Lise Bouvier in An American in Paris, Lili Daurier in Lili, Ella in The Glass Slipper, Gigi and Fanny from the eponymous classics, and Catherine from Father Goose.

That’s only to name a few of her great roles, and these days she still keeps busy restoring historical French buildings and converting them into inns. She is also still acting as Countess Mavrodaki in the TV show The Durrells in Corfu, along with her grandson Ben Hall, who plays Donald, and works with more family on the show, too. She has said that her happiest times were those spent with her family.

When I was about twelve years old, I first started catching her movies on cable television. Her charm, cute style (especially that pixie cut à la The Glass Slipper era), and graceful dancing won me over immediately. Here she is in the 1955 classic, The Glass Slipper.