Grace Kelly

Actor + Monegasque Princess
Born Nov 12, 1929

Grace Patricia Kelly was an American actress who, in April 1956, married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, to become Princess consort of Monaco, styled as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, and commonly referred to as Princess Grace. After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Grace Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions as well as in more than forty episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s Golden Age of Television.… Read More

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1929 Birth Kelly was born on November 12, 1929, at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to an affluent and influential family. Her father, Irish-American John B. Kelly Sr. (1889–1960), had won three Olympic gold medals for sculling and owned a successful brickwork contracting company that was well-known on the East Coast. A registered Democrat, he was nominated to be mayor of Philadelphia for the 1935 election, but lost by the closest margin in the city's history. … Read More


1942 12 Years Old While attending Ravenhill Academy, a prestigious Catholic girls' school, Kelly modeled fashions at local social events with her mother and sisters. In 1942, at the age of twelve, she played the lead in Don't Feed the Animals, a play produced by the East Falls Old Academy Players. … Read More
1947 17 Years Old Owing to her low mathematics scores, Kelly was rejected by Bennington College in July 1947. … Read More


1950 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Director John Ford had first noticed Kelly in a 1950 screen test. … Read More
1951 21 Years Old …  She made her film debut in a small role in the 1951 film Fourteen Hours. … Read More
Kelly began filming scenes for her next film The Bridges at Toko-Ri in January 1954 with William Holden. … Read More
1955 25 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 30, 1955, the night of the Academy Awards telecast, Garland was unable to attend because she was in the hospital having just given birth to her son, Joey Luft. … Read More
The religious wedding was set for April 19, 1956. … Read More


1962 32 Years Old Hitchcock offered Kelly the lead in his film Marnie in 1962. … Read More


1977 47 Years Old Director Herbert Ross attempted to lure her into accepting a part in his 1977 film The Turning Point, but Rainier quashed the idea. … Read More
1979 49 Years Old She and Rainier worked together in a 33-minute independent film called Rearranged in 1979, which received interest from ABC TV executives in 1982 after premiering in Monaco, on the condition that it be extended to an hour. … Read More


On September 13, 1982, Kelly was driving back to Monaco from her country home in Roc Agel when she had a stroke. … Read More
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