Linda Stirling Unmasked: The Black Whip

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TCM Film Fest: Classic Stars Walk Red Carpet for 60th Anniversary Of An American in Paris

                                                 Leslie Caron in Gigi, 1958

Leslie Caron Opens TCM Film Fest & Stars from Classic Era Walk Red Carpet for 60th Anniversary of An American in Paris

by Penelope Andrew

The evening began auspiciously with Leslie Caron walking the red carpet to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, which opened in 1927 and contains around 200 celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs embedded in the concrete of the building's forecourt. Flying all the way from Paris and showing no signs of jet lag, the still lovely and energetic 79-year-old was in Hollywood for the premiere screening of the 60th-anniversary restoration of her very first film, An American in Paris....


Penelope Andrew was in Hollywood covering the TCM Film Festival for The Huffington Post and Arts Express Syndicate. She also writes for Bright Lights Film Journal, WestView News and Critical Women on Film. Penny Andrew is a member of The Women Film Critics Circle.

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