Thank heaven : a memoir

by Caron, Leslie.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN2638.C2525 A3 2009
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Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PN2638.C2525 A3 2009
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Biography B C222
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Biography
Call Number  B C222
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Non Fiction 92 CARON
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Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  92 CARON
Dormont Public Library Non-Fiction 92 C22
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Collection  Non-Fiction
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Northland Public Library Biography B CARON
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  B CARON
Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 92 CARON Leslie
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Collection  Nonfiction
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction BIOGRAPHY 92 CARON 2009
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Call Number  BIOGRAPHY 92 CARON 2009
One of the best-loved stars of classic American cinema tells all in this wry, funny, and poignant memoir

Leslie Caron is one of the most cherished and admired international film stars of our time. She made her film debut with Gene Kelly in the classic MGM musical An American in Paris , created one of the most enduring roles in American musicals as Gigi , danced with Fred Astaire in Daddy Long Legs , and starred with Cary Grant in Father Goose .

In Thank Heaven (an homage to ?Thank Heaven for Little Girls,? the song Maurice Chevalier sings about her in Gigi ) Caron shares her remarkable life story. From her childhood with her American mother and French father in occupied France to her early success as a young ballerina; to her meeting Gene Kelly and her years in Hollywood; to her love affairs (including a very funny and very public one with Warren Beatty) and motherhood; to her alcoholism and depression; and finally her recovery and continuing success in film and television, Caron offers an illuminating account of her career.

Thank Heaven is filled with reminiscences of MGM at the end of its Golden Era, of the great stars with whom Caron worked, and of her own struggles as an actress. This is a sharp, unsentimental, and moving memoir for everyone who loves classic American movies.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Caron's first movie was An American in Paris. Twice nominated for Academy Awards for Lili and The L-Shaped Room she is a graceful and talented actress who's equally at home in musicals (a song from Gigi gives the book its title) and dramas (she recently won an Emmy for a guest appearance on Law & Order: SVU). But this is more than a typical Hollywood autobiography. Caron begins the book with a lengthy and moving portrait of herself as a girl living in occupied France during World War II, and when she makes the transition from girlhood during the war to young woman learning her craft, the book's tone doesn't really change. Rather than approach her life in the public eye from a typically Hollywood angle, Caron writes seriously and passionately about her work, her craft, and her relationships with the people she met along the way. The book won't appeal to those who like their celebrity autobiographies full of gossip, but it's sure to strike a chord with those who value classic movies and classic actresses.--Pitt, David Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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"
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Additional Information
Subjects Caron, Leslie.
Actors -- France -- Biography.
Dancers -- France -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Viking,2009
Edition 1st American ed.
Language English
Description xiv, 272 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780670021345
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