Thank Heaven: A Memoir

Thank Heaven: A Memoir

by Leslie Caron

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101152447
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/25/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,215,013
File size: 443 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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. She lives in Paris.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Author's Note xiii

1 Childhood 1

2 Paradise Is Called Goyetchéa 16

3 The War 23

4 First Ballet Classes 42

5 The Phone Call 54

6 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 60

7 The Making of An American in Paris 69

8 This New Life 77

9 Under Contract 89

10 Renoir 104

11 Gigi 118

12 Family Life 142

13 The Prediction 157

14 Life with Warren 172

15 Learning Independence 181

16 Marriage Again 188

17 A New Passion 207

18 Black Days-the Eighties 225

19 Changing Track 239

20 Breakdown 254

21 Recovery 258

22 Latest Adventures 269

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