Recently I read this biography of Leslie Caron.
Some of you may know her for the movies she acted in during the 1950's, such as
An American in Paris, Gigi, and Lili. She also has continued to act more recently in Chocolat and Law and Order, where she won an Emmy. She started out as a dancer as a young girl. Her mother always pushed her to have her own career and not depend on men. She said, in the book, "that her mother held the philosophy that mothers mustn't praise their children, lest they become complacent". With this philosophy, Leslie was to become a strong woman and had to learn lessons of love through several marriages and relationships.
I had always been fascinated that when her acting career slowed down, she found other avenues to venture into and without any knowledge on construction oversaw the building of a beautiful restaurant and bed and breakfast in France.
A fascinating woman definitely worth reading about.
I am not finished with the Strong Women Monday series,
but it is time for a give away. There will be a drawing on Wednesday from everyone leaving a comment on this Strong Women post today. The gift will be this book, which I know anyone of you would enjoy.
I just returned from Wisconsin yesterday and will share about the trip this week.