Grace Kelly
American actor, Monegasque princess
Grace Kelly
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.
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What Lady Gaga Would Look Like in Normal, Wearable Clothes - Racked National
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Apparently not, because they add that Gaga's been saying she'd like to "remodel the styles of classic icons from the past, for example, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Katherine Hepburn." But, of course, with a twist. This got us thinking: What would
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Women's Fashion Trend: Forties Glamour - StyleBistro
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With screen sirens such as Grace Kelly, Ginger Rogers and Deanna Durbin adopting the look and becoming idols for women, it wasn't long before the silhouette caught on and inspired everyday women to dress like this. Bringing the trend full circle to
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Here She Goes Again! Lindsay Claims To Be Just Like Marilyn Monroe! - PerezHilton.com
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Doesn't she realize that this is just as LOL-worthy as when Jenna Maroney from 30 Rock says, "You know I've always reminded myself of Grace Kelly!" "People in their mind have created who I am and act as if there is no real person inside of me
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Lady Gaga To Launch Clothing Line With Sister, Natali Germanotta - Huffington Post
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The idea is to "remodel the styles of classic icons from the past, for example, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Katherine Hepburn" but with a modern touch... ... which we can't exactly picture, to be fair. Unless Grace Kelly wore penis shoes and ... - -
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Grace Kelly Silkstone® Barbie® Doll Collection Pays Homage to the Princess's ... - Joonbug.com (blog)
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Barbie pays tribute to Grace Kelly, one of the most iconic beauties of all time, with the Grace Kelly Silkstone® Barbie® doll collection! Featuring Grace in a selection of her most ravishing moments, the collection brings this timeless beauty's
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Local teen dubbed 'the future of jazz' - Daily News Transcript
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Wellesley-born, Brookline-raised Korean-American Grace Kelly has taken the jazz world by storm. By Wei-Huan Chen As a 19-year-old Asian-American female, Grace Kelly is something of a rare gem in the jazz world. But to her, what matters is that people
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The Listings
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Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'Another Earth' (PG-13, 1:32) The director Mike Cahill and his star, the promising newcomer Brit Marling, wrote this moody, modest science-fiction film about
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Alto Saxophonist Grace Kelly At Chan's - Patch.com
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"2011 Alto Saxophonist Rising Star" three years in a row, 19-year-old Grace Kelly will play at Chan's on August 27. By Amy Nachbar Grace Kelly, a young saxophone phenomenon and vocalist, will be performing at Chan's on Saturday, August 27,
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Grace Kelly Barbie Doll Immortalizes The Famous Princess (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post
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Women's Wear Daily announced Tuesday that as part of the Barbie Collector series, Mattel will create three collectible Grace Kelly dolls, each wearing one of the Princess of Monaco's iconic outfits. Grace Kelly The Bride Doll, already available online ... -
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Charlotte Casiraghi Covers French Vogue's September Issue (PHOTO) - Huffington Post
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It's a seriously sexy turn for the royal, whose lineage includes her mother, Princess Caroline of Monaco; her grandmother, Grace Kelly; and her uncle and aunt, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene. Unlike her fashion-fearful aunt, however, ... - -
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BIG DEAL; Still Waiting in the Wings
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The Barbizon, the 23-story brick building on the corner of 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue, has been reinvented several times over the last century, and the next chapter may be written by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission. At a city hearing scheduled for Tuesday, the building is up for consideration as a landmark. Most famously, it
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Hotel Once Home to Famous Single Ladies Could Become Landmark - DNAinfo
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(Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts) MANHATTAN — Before they were stars, Grace Kelly, Joan Crawford, Liza Minnelli, Candace Bergen and many others seeking fame in New York lived at the Barbizon Hotel for Women. The 23-story tower built
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Grace Kelly exhibit Lightbox-bound this fall - National Post (blog)
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A fall exhibit at the TIFF Bell Lightbox will provide a rare glimpse into the life of Grace Kelly. A season of Royals is about to get another offering courtesy of the Bell Lightbox in Toronto. A new fall exhibition, announced Wednesday, will provide an
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Talkback: Is Grace Kelly a Justified Screen Legend? - Movieline
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“Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess,” an attraction chronicling the Philadelphia native's ascent from Oscar winner to Monacan royalty, will run from Nov. 4 to Jan. 22, 2012. Kelly died almost 30 years ago, concluding a life that still seems about
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Toronto Museum to Showcase Grace Kelly Artifacts - Hollywood Reporter
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Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox will be busy this fall with the exclusive North American exhibit of Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess. The late princess of Monaco's rarely viewed gowns and artifacts, from the palace where she married Prince Rainer
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Grace Kelly ups the ante - Montreal Gazette
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19 year old saxophone virtuoso Grace Kelly, accompanied on the trumpet by Jason Palmer, performs at the Gesu during Montreal's Jazz Festival on Saturday July 2, 2011. MONTREAL- Struggling to find
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Grace Kelly
    FIFTIES
  • 1982
    Age 52
    Kelly's funeral was held at the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco on September 18, 1982.
    More Details Hide Details After a Requiem Mass, she was buried in the Grimaldi family vault. Over 400 guests attended, including Cary Grant, Nancy Reagan, and Diana, Princess of Wales. At a later memorial service in Beverly Hills, James Stewart delivered the following eulogy: Rainier, who never remarried, was buried alongside her following his death in 2005. After her marriage to Prince Rainier, Kelly became involved with philanthropic work since she was no longer allowed to act. Kelly founded AMADE Mondiale, a Monaco-based non-profit organization that was eventually recognized by the UN as a Non-Governmental organization. According to UNESCO's website, AMADE promotes and protects the "moral and physical integrity" and "spiritual well-being of children throughout the world, without distinction of race, nationality or religion and in a spirit of complete political independence." Her daughter, Princess Caroline, carries the torch for AMADE today in her role as President.
    On September 13, 1982, Kelly was driving back to Monaco from her country home in Roc Agel when she had a stroke.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, she lost control of her 1971 Rover P6 3500 and drove off the steep, winding road and down the 120 ft mountainside. Her daughter, Stéphanie, who was in the passenger seat, tried to regain control of the car, but failed. When paramedics arrived at the accident site, Kelly was alive but unconscious and in critical condition. She and Stephanie were transported to the Monaco Hospital (later named the Princess Grace Hospital Centre). At the hospital doctors attempted to resuscitate Grace but because of the extent of not only her brain injury but injuries to her thorax and a femur fracture they were unable to save her life. Doctors believed that she had suffered a minor stroke which may have caused the car to veer off the road causing the accident. The following night, at 10:55 p.m., she died at the age of 52 after Rainier decided to take her off life support.
  • FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Before more scenes could be shot, Kelly died and the film was never released or shown publicly again.
  • 1977
    Age 47
    Director Herbert Ross attempted to lure her into accepting a part in his 1977 film The Turning Point, but Rainier quashed the idea.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, she returned to the arts in a series of poetry readings on stage and narration of the documentary The Children of Theater Street. She also narrated ABC's made-for-television film The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1962
    Age 32
    Hitchcock offered Kelly the lead in his film Marnie in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details She was eager, but public outcry in Monaco against her involvement in a film that portrayed her as a kleptomaniac made her reconsider and ultimately reject the project.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 26
    The Napoleonic Code of Monaco and the laws of the Roman Catholic Church necessitated two ceremonies – both a civil ceremony and a religious wedding. The 16-minute civil ceremony took place in the Palace Throne Room of Monaco on April 18, 1956, and a reception later in the day was attended by 3,000 Monaco citizens.
    More Details Hide Details To cap the ceremony, the 142 official titles that she acquired in the union (counterparts of his) were formally recited. The following day the church ceremony took place at Monaco's Saint Nicholas Cathedral, before Monaco's Bishop Gilles Barthe. The wedding was estimated to have been watched by over 30 million viewers on live television, and was described by biographer Robert Lacey as "the first modern event to generate media overkill." Her wedding dress, designed by MGM's Academy Award–winning Helen Rose, was worked on for six weeks by three dozen seamstresses. The bridesmaids' gowns were designed by Joe Allen Hong at Neiman Marcus. The 700 guests included several famous people, including Aristotle Onassis, Cary Grant, David Niven and his wife Hjördis, Gloria Swanson, Ava Gardner, the crowned head Aga Khan III, Gloria Guinness, Enid, Lady Kenmare, Daisy Fellowes, Etti Plesch, Lady Diana Cooper, Louise de Vilmorin, Loelia Lindsay, and Conrad Hilton. Frank Sinatra initially was invited, but did not attend. She and Rainier left that night for their seven-week Mediterranean honeymoon cruise on his yacht, Deo Juvante II.
    On April 4, 1956, Grace, with her family, bridesmaids, poodle, and over eighty pieces of luggage boarded the ocean liner SS Constitution for the French Riviera.
    More Details Hide Details Some 400 reporters applied to sail, although most were turned away. Thousands of fans sent the party off for the eight-day voyage. More than 20,000 people lined the streets of Monaco to greet the future princess consort.
    The religious wedding was set for April 19, 1956.
    More Details Hide Details News of the engagement was a sensation, even though it meant a probable end to Kelly's film career. Alfred Hitchcock quipped that he was "very happy that Grace has found herself such a good part." Preparations were elaborate. The Palace of Monaco was painted and redecorated throughout.
  • 1955
    Age 25
    Kelly headed the U.S. delegation at the Cannes Film Festival in April 1955.
    More Details Hide Details While there, she was invited to participate in a photo session at the Palace of Monaco with Prince Rainier III, the sovereign of the principality. After a series of delays and complications, she met him in Monaco. At the time of her initial meeting with him, she was dating the French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont. Upon returning to America, Kelly began work on The Swan, in which she coincidentally portrayed a princess, and she meanwhile began a private correspondence with Rainier. In December 1955, Rainier went to America on a trip officially designated as a tour, although it was speculated that he was seeking a wife. A treaty with France in 1918 had stated that if he did not produce an heir Monaco would revert to France. The treaty was as a result of the Monaco Succession Crisis of 1918. At a press conference in the U.S. he was asked if he was pursuing a wife, to which he answered, "No." Then a second question was posed: "If you were pursuing a wife, what kind would you like?" Rainier smiled and answered, "I don't know – the best."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, she was rumored to be the odds-on favorite, and NBC Television cameras were set up in her hospital room so that if she was announced as the winner, she could make her acceptance speech live from her hospital bed. However, when William Holden announced Kelly as the winner, the technicians immediately dismantled the cameras without saying one word to Garland.
  • 1954
    Age 24
    In April 1954, Kelly flew to Colombia for a ten-day shoot on her next project, Green Fire, with Stewart Granger.
    More Details Hide Details She played Catherine Knowland, a coffee plantation owner. In Granger's autobiography he writes of his distaste for the film's script, while she later confided to Hedda Hopper, "It wasn't pleasant. We worked at a pathetic village – miserable huts and dirty. Part of the crew got shipwrecked … It was awful." Green Fire was a critical and box-office failure but made a small profit of $840,000. After the consecutive filming of Rear Window, Toko-Ri, Country Girl, and Green Fire, Kelly flew to France, along with department store heir Bernard "Barney" Strauss, to begin work on her third and last film for Alfred Hitchcock, To Catch a Thief. She and her costar, Cary Grant, developed a mutual admiration. They cherished their time together for the rest of their lives. Years later, when asked to name his all-time favorite actress, he replied without hesitation, "Well, with all due respect to dear Ingrid Bergman, I much preferred Grace. She had serenity."
    Although she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best actress for her performances in her three big movie roles of 1954, Rear Window, Dial M For Murder, and The Country Girl, she and Garland both received Golden Globe Awards for their respective performances.
    More Details Hide Details By the following March, the race between Kelly and Garland for the Oscar was very close.
    With the film's opening in October 1954, she was praised again.
    More Details Hide Details Varietys film critic remarked on the casting, commenting on the "earthy quality to the relationship between Stewart and Miss Kelly. Both do a fine job of the picture's acting demands." Kelly won the role of Bing Crosby's long-suffering wife, Georgie Elgin, in The Country Girl, after a pregnant Jennifer Jones bowed out. Already familiar with the play, she was highly interested in the part. To do so, MGM would have to lend her out to Paramount. She was adamant, and threatened the studio that if they did not allow her to do it she would pack her bags and leave for New York for good. They relented, and the part was hers. The film also paired her again with William Holden. The wife of a washed-up alcoholic singer, played by Crosby, her character is emotionally torn between two lovers.
    Kelly began filming scenes for her next film The Bridges at Toko-Ri in January 1954 with William Holden.
    More Details Hide Details She played Nancy, the wife of naval officer Harry (Holden), who was a minor but pivotal character in the story. A film review that was released 12 months later, The New Yorker remarked on the apparent on-screen chemistry between them, and took note of her delivery of her performance "with quiet confidence." Kelly unhesitatingly turned down the opportunity to star alongside Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront. Eva Marie Saint, who replaced her, won an Academy Award for that role. Kelly committed to the role of Lisa Fremont in Rear Window instead. Said Kelly, "All through the making of Dial M for Murder, he (Hitchcock) sat and talked to me about Rear Window all the time, even before we had discussed my being in it." During the shooting of Dial M for Murder, they shared a close bond of humor and admiration, although minor strife sometimes emerged on set.
  • 1951
    Age 21
    She made her film debut in a small role in the 1951 film Fourteen Hours.
    More Details Hide Details She was noticed during a visit to the set by Gary Cooper, who subsequently starred with her in High Noon (1951). He was charmed by her and said that she was "different from all these actresses we've been seeing so much of." However, Kelly's performance in Fourteen Hours was not noticed by critics and did not lead to her receiving other film acting roles. She continued her work in the theater and on television, although she lacked "vocal horsepower" and would likely not have had a lengthy stage career. She had various roles on television shows produced by NBC and CBS. She was performing in Denver's Elitch Gardens when she received a telegram from Hollywood producer Stanley Kramer offering her a co-starring role opposite Gary Cooper in High Noon (1951).
  • 1950
    Age 20
    Director Alfred Hitchcock also saw the 1950 screen test and took full advantage of her beauty on-camera.
    More Details Hide Details He was one of her last mentors in the film industry.
    Director John Ford had first noticed Kelly in a 1950 screen test.
    More Details Hide Details The studio flew her to Los Angeles to audition in September 1952, and he said that she showed "breeding, quality and class." She was hired for the role and was offered a seven-year contract with a salary of $850 a week. She signed the deal under two conditions: That every two years she could get time off to do theater performances, and that she could live in New York City at the now-landmarked Manhattan House (200 E. 66th Street). Two months after signing her contract, Kelly and the cast arrived in Nairobi to begin production of the film Mogambo. Gene Tierney was initially cast in the role, but she had to drop out at the last minute because of personal issues. Upon getting the role, she told Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper, "Mogambo had three things that interested me. John Ford, Clark Gable, and a trip to Africa with expenses paid. If Mogambo had been made in Arizona, I wouldn't have done it." A break in the filming schedule afforded her and Mogambo costar Ava Gardner a visit to Rome. Her role as Linda Nordley in MGM's production of Mogambo garnered her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 17
    Owing to her low mathematics scores, Kelly was rejected by Bennington College in July 1947.
    More Details Hide Details Despite her parents' disapproval, Kelly decided to pursue her dreams of being an actress. John was particularly displeased with her decision; he viewed acting as "a slim cut above streetwalker." To start her career, she auditioned for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, using a scene from her uncle George Kelly's The Torch-Bearers (1923). Although the school had already met its semester quota, she obtained an interview with the admission officer, Emile Diestel, and was admitted through the influence of George.. She began her first term the following October. While at school, she lived in Manhattan's Barbizon Hotel for Women, a prestigious establishment which barred men from entering after 10 pm, and she worked as a model to support her studies. Kelly worked diligently and practiced her speech by using a tape recorder. Her early acting pursuits led her to the stage, most notably a Broadway debut in Strindberg's The Father alongside Raymond Massey. At 19, her graduation performance was as Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story.
  • 1942
    Age 12
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Before graduating in May 1947 from Stevens School, a socially prominent private institution on Walnut Lane in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood of Germantown, she acted and danced. Her graduation yearbook listed her favorite actress as Ingrid Bergman and her favorite actor as Joseph Cotten. Written in the "Stevens' Prophecy" section was: "Miss Grace P. Kelly – a famous star of stage and screen."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In later years, he served on the Fairmount Park Commission and, during the Second World War was appointed by President Roosevelt as National Director of Physical Fitness. Two of his brothers were also notable: Walter C. Kelly (1873–1939) was a vaudeville star who also made films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount Pictures, and George Kelly (1887–1974) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist, screenwriter and director. Kelly's mother was German-born Margaret Katherine Majer (1898–1990), who had taught physical education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she had been the first female to coach women's athletics at the institution. She was noted for her beauty and modeled for a time in her youth. After marrying John B. Kelly in 1924, Margaret focused on being a housewife until all her children were of school age, following which she began actively participating in various civic organizations.
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