"From her first appearance on screen as Gene Kelly's luminous partner in An American in Paris to her shattering Emmy Award-winning performance as a rape victim in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Leslie Caron has enchanted and moved motion picture, theater, and television audiences for over five decades. Her remarkable breadth as an actress has enabled her to create such unforgettable roles as Gigi, in which she transforms herself from an ebullient girl into a ravishing young woman; the orphan Lili; and the despairing unwed mother of The L-Shaped Room. The hallmark of every Caron performance is a radiant candor, an ability to chart the inner lives of her characters with a stunning emotional directness." "That same quality is at the heart of her memoir, Thank Heaven, a wry, poignant, and unguardedly frank account of her remarkable life. She vividly evokes her childhood with a distant American mother and courtly French father, and her idyllic summers at her grandparents' estate in the Pyrenees - a childhood that was cut short by the German invasion of France and all the deprivations that accompanied the Occupation. After the war Caron became a precocious star with Roland Petit's Ballets des Champs-Elysees, until the day she was spotted by Gene Kelly and soon afterward - much to her consternation - invited to Hollywood." "Still a teenager, chaperoned by her mother, and speaking little English, MGM's newest discovery found Hollywood little to her liking, but An American in Paris made her an overnight star and set the course of the rest of her life. From there she had a string of successes, and Caron shares her memories of working with actors such as Kelly, Fred Astaire, CaryGrant, Maurice Chevalier, and Warren Beatty - with whom she had a very public and (in her telling) a very funny love affair. There are also unforgettable portraits of the artists who provided Caron the most sustenance during these years: the great director Jean Renoir and his wife, Dido, and the writer Christopher Isherwood. When Caron met the director Peter Hall, she married him and moved to London, where she became not only a mother but one of the city's most popular hostesses, until finally abandoning both her marriage and her London life to return to acting." "Perhaps the most moving section of Thank Heaven is Caron's pensive account of the past two decades of her life, in which she unexpectedly becomes an innkeeper and faces the struggles of becoming "an aging actress" and of depression and alcoholism, a dark period from which she emerges with strength, determination, and dignity." Here is the rare Hollywood memoir that is as bracing in its wit and frankness as it is deeply moving in its honesty - an unforgettable self-portrait of an endlessly fascinating woman.