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 Post subject: Re: Leslie Caron, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 3:53 am 
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Leslie Caron was a darling of the Hollywood musical aged just 19. Fifty-two years later she’s still in demand - and starring in the latest Merchant Ivory film. Interview by James Mottram for Scotland on sunday


AT 72, you still sense Leslie Caron could show Catherine Zeta Jones and Nicole Kidman a step or two. She is, of course, far too graceful, genteel and - let’s face it - French to be so vulgar as to do so. But Caron, like Ginger Rogers and Cyd Charisse before her, was dancing her way into the hearts of millions years before these young pretenders ever put on top hat and tails. Plucked from obscurity at 19 to star opposite Gene Kelly in An American In Paris, Caron became a darling of the Hollywood musical, despite only ever making five of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Leslie Caron, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly
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Article on Leslie Caron from The Independent.

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One of the paradoxes of Leslie Caron's career is that her most famous roles were the earliest ones, made when she had scant experience of acting. She is still defined in the public's eyes by Gigi and An American In Paris. Regardless of what she has done since, whether it's writing fiction (like her 1982 collection Vengeance) or playing George Sands on stage (as she did in the mid-Nineties), or taking a part as a downtrodden single mother in the British *******-sink dramaThe L-Shaped Room, people invariably expect a grinning, top hatted Maurice Chevalier to pop up at her shoulder and start crooning out lasciviously "Thank Heaven for Little Girls".

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 Post subject: Re: Leslie Caron, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly
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By MISHA DAVENPORT
The Chicago Sun-Times

Can't act. Can't sing. Balding. Can dance a little. Those are the words that one studio executive wrote down when evaluating screen legend Fred Astaire's very first screen test.

While the name of that studio flack has long since been forgotten, Astaire's star continues to shine, thanks to memorable roles in many screen musicals, often dancing opposite Ginger Rogers.
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Escaping Depression? Just Dance Blues Away
by JOHN ROCKWELL for the New York Times

Social and historical contextualization is all well and good, but these movies are not just of their time; they're timeless. That is because the tension and release, the hostility and amorous ecstasy of their dance resist aging.

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See also CD's thread for Ginger Rodgers.


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