An Audience with Leslie Caron
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In Conversion with David Freeman
With its fabulous cast and many intriguing strands, Leslie Caron’s life story is as compelling as any stage drama! Spotted by Gene Kelly in Paris when she was just 17 and a member of Roland Petit’s legendary ballet company, she became an overnight sensation when he brought her to Hollywood to co-star with him in An American in Paris. The toast of the town, Leslie Caron went on to star in a series of famous films, including such classics as Lili, Daddy Long Legs with Fred Astaire, Gigi with Maurice Chevalier, and the L-Shaped Room. Caron’s childhood in Occupied France was packed with incident and adventure, with her family’s changing fortunes under the Germans and her early successes as a young ballerina in Paris providing a fascinating backdrop to her many recollections. The great director Jean Renoir took her under his wing, and she had close friendships with Christopher Isherwood, Rudolf Nureyev, Vincente Minnelli, not to mention the men in her life - including her second husband Peter Hall and Warren Beatty, with whom she had a two-year love affair. Join her, in conversation with David Freeman, for a frank and intimate evening in the company of a legendary actress.