Friday, February 12, 2010
Caron was ballet dancer when Gene Kelly discovered her, and cast her to perform with him in the musical An American in Paris(1951), a role in which a pregnant Cyd Charisse was originally cast. This led to a MGM contract in films, The Glass Slipper (1955)
Also, the drama Gaby (1956). She also performed in the musicals Lili (1953), with Mel Ferrer; Daddy Long Legs(1955), with Fred Astaire, and Gigi (1958) with Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier.
When she said to Fred Astaire that she wanted to create her own costumes for Daddy Long Legs (1955), he said, "OK, but no feathers, please". Astaire remembered one of Ginger Rogers costumes in a dance scene in Top Hat (1935). Some ostrich feathers came loose from Ginger Rogers' gown and floated around Astaire's face.