Caron worked with Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck and Louis Calhern for the drama/thriller â€śThe Man with a Cloakâ€ť (1951), starred as the girlfriend of Ralph Meeker in the Art Cohn-written â€śGlory Alleyâ€ť (1952) and costarred in the musical â€śThe Story of Three Lovesâ€ť (1953). However, it was not until director Charles Walters cast her in the lead role of a poor French girl adopted by members of a circus troupe in the pleasing children’s fantasy â€śLiliâ€ť (1953) that Caron gained her real worldwide notice. The role brought her a BAFTA Film for Best Foreign Actress and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
More starring roles followed after the much-talk about performance, including in â€śThe Glass Slipperâ€ť (1955), 20th Century-Fox’s â€śDaddy Long Legsâ€ť (1955, with Fred Astaire), â€śGabyâ€ť (1956, starred as a ballet dancer) and the comedy â€śThe Man Who Understood Womenâ€ť (1959, with Henry Fonda). She won a Golden Laurel for Top Female Musical Performance and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress â€“ Comedy/Musical for her work in the multi-Oscar winning musical â€śGigiâ€ť (1958), opposite Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier. Meanwhile, she was discovered acting on the Paris action in the production of â€śOrnet,â€ť by Jean Renoir, and embarked on the London stage playing the title character of â€śGigiâ€ť (1958).
When musical gradually went out of fashion, Caron viewed to change her screen image. She opened the 1960s with dramatic roles in Abel Gance’s â€śAusterlitz,â€ť her 1st French-language film, and the based-on-novel â€śThe Subterraneansâ€ť (both 1960). After having the title role on â€śFannyâ€ť (1961), from which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress â€“ Drama, and starring as Claire Jordan in â€śGuns of Darknessâ€ť (1962), Caron’s efforts paid off when her dramatic turn of a pregnant, single girl awaiting an abortion in the Bryan Forbes-helmed â€śThe L-Shaped Roomâ€ť (1962) won the actress her second Academy Award nomination. The spectacular performance also brought Caron a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress-Drama, a BAFTA Film for Best British Actress and a Golden Laurel for Top Female Dramatic Performance (3rd place).
The slumber of the 1960s saw Caron continue taking leading roles, although a lot of of her projects were considered considerably less memorable. She starred with Cary Grant in the Oscar winner â€śFather Gooseâ€ť (1964), was teamed with Warren Beatty for the indie-comedy â€śPromise Her Anythingâ€ť (1965) and portrayed FranĂ§oise LabĂ© in the French-language â€śIs Paris Burning?â€ť (1966). Caron located herself slowing down her activities throughout the 1970s. She rejoined â€śLiliâ€ť costar Mel Ferrer for â€śCaroleâ€ť (1973), a made-for-TV film directed by Norman Lloyd, portrayed Angela Kelno on the critically acclaim ABC miniseries â€śQB VIIâ€ť (1974), opposite Ben Gazzara and Anthony Hopkins, and was stood out as legendary stage and screen actress Nazimova on Ken Russell’s biopic â€śValentinoâ€ť (1977), adapted from a novel by Chaw Mank. She closed out the decade with a part as Dr. Sammy Lee on the sport-themed independent movie â€śGoldengirlâ€ť (1979).
Caron became far more selective for her follow-up projects. Some of her work during the 1980s and 1990s were the CBS star-studded miniseries â€śMaster of the Gameâ€ť (1984), based on the Sidney Sheldon novel, Louis Malle’s â€śDamageâ€ť (1992, opposite Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche and Miranda Richardson), Edgardo Cozinsky’s â€śGuerriers et Captivesâ€ť (1994, with Dominique Sanda), Peter Chelsom’s â€śFunny Bonesâ€ť (1995), a comedy also starring Oliver Platt, Jerry Lewis and Lee Evans, and the drama/romance â€śPassion’s Way â€ť (1999), a CBS movie which cast her as the mother-in-law of Sela Ward. In addition to TV and film work, Caron also found time pursuing her stage career. In 1985, she toured throughout the United States in a production of â€śOn Your Toes.â€ť
2000 saw Caron costar with Judi Dench, Ian Holm and Cleo Lain in the pleasing HBO TV-film â€śLast of the Blonde Bombsellsâ€ť and seem in Lasse HallstrĂ¶m’s praised movie, â€śChocolat,â€ť which reunited her with Dench and Juliette Binoche. In the multi Oscar-nominee, she notably portrayed a French widow named Madame Audel and co-won a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture. The next year, Caron could be seen playing Sra. Alvarado in the made-for-TV film â€śMurder on the Orient Express,â€ť based on a novel by Agatha Christie. Among her costars in the mystery film were Alfred Molina, her costar in â€śChocolat,â€ť and Meredith Baxter.
Caron resurfaced in 2003 to play the strict mother-in-law of Naomi Watt in director James Ivory’s adaptation of the Diane Johnson bestselling book, â€śLe Divorce.â€ť Kate Hudson and Thierry Lhermitte also starred in the film as Isabel Walker and Edgar Cossett, respectively. In 2006, she played Lorraine Delmas in an episode of NBC’s â€śLaw & Order: Special Victims Unitâ€ť called â€śRecall.â€ť For her fine effort, she was handed a 2007 Emmy in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
|Date of Birth||1 July 1931|
|Place of Birth||Boulogne-Billancourt, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France|