Grace Kelly

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Grace Kelly

Born

11/12/1929, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Died

9/14/1982

Birth Name

Grace Patricia Kelly

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Fürstin Gracia Patricia, Fürstin Gracia Patriciá von Monaco, Princess Grace, Princess Grace of Monaco
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Biography

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Grace Kelly was born in Philadelphia into a remarkable family of Irish Catholics from the wrong side of the tracks. Her grandfather was an immigrant bricklayer, her father a successful house-builder (and also, like her brother, a gold-medal winning Olympic oarsman). Her uncle George Kelly was a successful…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Grace attended dance class, even though she had what was considered "two left feet."

    • Grace appeared in the television series Philco Playhouse and Kraft Television Theater, with Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, James Dean and Antony Perkins.

    • Grace's list of broken hearts is quite long... one of them is her teacher at Academy of Dramatic Arts, Don Richardson.

    • The ring that Grace is wearing in High Society is the engagement ring that Ranier gave to her.

    • For her forts movie, Fourteen hour, the paycheck was only $120 a week. She was only 22.

    • At the beginning of her career, Grace appeared in television series called The Web. In his series appeared also Paul Newman and Eve Marie Saint.

    • While shooting Mogambo Grace and Clark Gable became really close. They had become this close that in England started the gossip of the two of them involved in a romantic relationship. An English tabloid sent to Mr. Gable a telegram asking to confirm or reject the story. His answer was that no one in his life had ever made him such a good compliment like that.

    • In 1958 Grace starred in the spot Invitation to Montecarlo

    • For her 25th anniversary with Ranier, he gave her as a gift a theater, The Princess Grace Theater.

    • Grace and Cary Grant had a wonderful friendship, that last till Grace's death. Cary was often invited to Monaco, and he spent a lot of time there.

    • Even though her film career lasted just five years and she just made eleven films, Grace is remembered as a premier actress in American film.

    • It was reported to the press that Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby had an affair, while he was dating actress Kathryn Grant. Three days before the date scheduled for Crosby's marriage to Grant, Crosby confessed his affair with Grace and he no longer wished to marry Kathryn. Crosby later reconciled with Kathryn Grant and proposed to her once again.

    • Grace and the Shah of Iran had gone on at least six dates near the end of 1949.

    • Right after the car accident that resulted in her death, Grace's last words were: I'm sorry. She was talking to her youngest daughter, Stephanie who was in the car with her.

    • Grace hated driving the car, and she wasn't good at it.

    • Grace had a very difficult moment when she turned 40; She started thinking that leaving Hollywood so soon was a mistake.

    • When Grace picked up the 1954 Academy Award for her performance in The Country Girl, Judy Garland (who was nominated for A Star Is Born) didn't bother to hide her opinion that she had been gypped, sniffing at the thought of Grace Kelly "taking off her fuc***g make-up and grabbing MY Oscar."

    • Grace and Alfred Hitchcock were soulmates who were involved in a very intense love affair of the mind. After she deserted him for marriage, he called her Princess Disgrace.

    • Rumor has it that Princess Grace, towards the end of her life, had an affair with a Hungarian director, 15 years younger than her.

    • When actress Jennifer Jones became unexpectedly pregnant, Paramount begged MGM to allow Grace to take her place in 1954's The Country Girl. The studio initially refused, but Grace successfully battled for the role in fact the result was an Academy Award for Best Actress.

    • Grace had a long-running practical joke going with Alec Guinness where each would smuggle an Indian tomahawk into the other's bed no matter where they were. Part of the joke was that neither would ever allude to the fact afterwards.

    • Grace briefly worked as a model for insecticide.

    • When people speak of Grace Kelly as one of the classic faces of her era, it's usually a Howell Conant photograph they are thinking about. His images of Grace vacationing in Jamaica in 1955 caused a sensation and were the making of Conant's career. It was also the beginning of an extraordinary collaboration between subject and photographer that lasted until her death in 1982.

    • Princess Grace first met French president de Gaulle on a state visit to Paris in 1959. To prepare for the trip, she had sent to the library for a copy of the general's memoirs. However, when she saw how huge the volume was she asked a secretary to provide her with a résumé.

    • After accepting Rainier's proposal, Grace called her friends to tell them she was engaged to be married but hung up before telling them who the man was. The consensus was Oleg Cassini. No one suspected Prince Rainier.

    • Legend has it that Marilyn Monroe's engagement congratulations to Grace ran, "So glad you've found a way out of this business."

    • In 1959, Grace was awarded with a medal of merit by the Austrian government for her aid to Hungarian refugees escaping Russian invasion.

    • In 2007, a band called MIKA dedicated the song Grace Kelly to Grace, obviously. The song features several sound clips from her Oscar winning role in The Country Girl.

    • Grace Kelly was Hitchcock's muse.

    • Grace Kelly didn't like her hand and her fingers, she often wore gloves to cover them up.

    • Helen Rose was a MGM designer who dressed Grace Kelly for her home studio films. She was also the author of her fabulous wedding gown. The subtle, princely dress was made of yards of silk, silk, taffeta, silk tulle and rich, antique Valenciennes lace.

    • Grace Kelly had an affair with Ray Milland while they was Starring in Dial M For Murder, but at the time Milland was married.

    • Even though Grace Kelly was short-sighted, she almost never wore her glasses.

    • Grace and her husband, Prince Rainer bought a silver frame as a wedding gift to Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981, when they attended their royal wedding.

    • Grace had a long list of lovers during her career in Hollywood. These included actors Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, William Holden, David Niven, Ray Milland, Bing Crosby, Jean-Pierre Aumont, and Cary Grant.

    • Grace had a television movie dedicated to her life called "Grace Kelly". Grace was portrayed by Christina Applegate and Cheryl Ladd.

    • Grace was considered for the role of Maggie the Cat in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, however she turned it down and the character was eventually played by Elizabeth Taylor.

    • Grace is famously mentioned in many songs. She is mentioned in Vogue by Madonna, We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel, and Wrap Her Up by Elton John.

    • Grace's wedding gown was the most expensive design that MGM designer Helen Rose had ever made. It used twenty-five yards of silk taffeta and one hundred yards of silk net. Its 125-year-old rose point lace was purchased from a museum and thousants of tiny pearls were sewn on the veil.

    • Grace had hopes of returning to acting in Alfred Hitchcock's film Marnie, but the people of Monaco didn't want their princess playing a thief and romancing Sean Connery.

    • One of Grace's bridesmaids at her royal wedding to Prince Rainer was actress Rita Gam.

    • The inscription at Grace's burial site in Monaco's cathedral, does not refer to her as a princess. It uses the title "uxor principis", which means "prince's wife", this is traditional in the House of Grimaldi.

    • Grace was ranked 51 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

    • Grace was born at 5:31 AM EST.

    • In 1995, Grace was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history, coming in at fifth.

    • Grace's films were banned in Monaco by the command of Prince Rainer of Monaco.

    • Her nicknames were "Gracie" and "Graciebird".

    • The car accident which caused her death was reportedly caused by a stroke.

    • While pregnant with her first child, Grace often used her Hermes bag to hide her baby belly from the paparazzi. The company nicknamed that bag "the Kelly bag."

    • Her favourite flowers were roses. After her death, Prince Rainier of Monaco created a public rose garden in Monaco in her honour.

    • Other celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Neil Young and Al Michaels were born on her birthday.

    • She starred in the 1952 western film High Noon with Gary Cooper.

    • In 1956, she won a Henrietta Award at the Golden Globes for World Film Favorite (Female).

    • In 1955, she was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award in the category of Best Foreign Actress in the 1954 movie Dial M for Murder.

    • She has a Star on the Walk of Fame at 6329 Hollywood Blvd.

    • She is mentioned in the Billy Joel song We Didn't Start the Fire as Princess Grace.

    • In 1955, she was won an Academy Award for Best Actress for The Country Girl.

    • Her uncle George Kelly, was a, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

    • Her cousin John F. Lehman, Jr. was Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration.

    • Her father and brother were both Olympic gold-medal winning rowers (scullers).

    • She attended and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, in New York City.

    • On January 1959 the Austrian government awarded her a medal of merit for aid to Hungarian refugees escaping Russian invasion, given through Monaco's Red Cross.

    • She was voted the 27th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

    • She was named #13 Actress on The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends.

    • She was engaged to Oleg Cassini but broke it off to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco.

    • In 1993, she became the very first actress to appear on a postage stamp.

    • Her measurements were 34-24-35, in 1955.

    • She was 5 feet, 7 inches tall (1.70 m).

    • She had three children with Prince Rainier, Hereditary Princess Caroline Louise Marguerite, born January 23, 1957, Albert II, Prince of Monaco, born March 14, 1958 and Princess Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth, born February 1, 1965.

  • Quotes

    • Grace (when she won the Academy Award in 1955): This is one night I wish I smoked and drank.

    • Grace: How can I bring up my daughters not to have an affair with a married man, when I was having affairs with married men all the time?

    • Grace: I'll be goddamned if I'm going to stay in a business where I have to get up earlier and earlier and it takes longer and longer for me to get in front of a camera.

    • Grace: A person has to keep something to herself or your life is just a layout in a magazine.

    • Grace: I've had happy moments in my life, but I don't think that happiness-- being happy-- is a perpetual state that anyone can be in. Life isn't that way.

    • Grace: I don't want to be married to someone who feels inferior to my success or because I make more money than he does.

    • Grace: The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.

    • Grace: Hot Diamonds is a gorgeous product. I am a huge fan of its versatility.

    • Grace: I hated Hollywood. It's a town without pity. I know of no other place in the world where so many people suffer from nervous breakdowns, where there are so many alcoholics, neurotics, and so much unhappiness.

    • Grace (on why she's leaving Hollywood): I'll tell you one of the reasons I'm ready to leave. When I first came to Hollywood five years ago, my makeup call was at eight in the morning. On this movie it's been put back to seven-thirty. Every day I see Joan Crawford, who's been in makeup since five, and Loretta Young, who's been there since four in the morning. I'll be god-damned if I'm going to stay in a business where I have to get up earlier and earlier and it takes longer and longer for me to get in front of a camera.

    • Grace: Hollywood amuses me. Holier-than-thou for the public and unholier-than-the-devil in reality.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • She was absolutely perfect!

    10
    Grace Kelly was one of the most amazing human being ever existed on earth.. I just think she was perfect.. First of all I love all of her movies, and I think that she was very talented.. she was a goddess on the screen; after she married Prince Ranieri she had to give-up her career to became a Princess. She's always been so kind and gentle with all the people, and that's may be one of the reason of why she is still remembered from a lot of people.. Her death, 25 years ago, shocked the world.. That day we lost one of the greatest people ever..moreless
  • Grace Kelly was an amazing actress and a beautiful woman.

    10
    I have seen many of Grace's films, and I loved all of them. She always gave her films a touch of class and glamour while still amazing audiences with her incredible acting ability. Grace Kelly lived a wonderful life. She made it into Hollywood, and became one of the all time great actresses, and then found love with her husband, Prince Rainer of Monacco, and then had family with him, adding more happiness to her life. Grace has been terribly missed since her death in the eighties, but her talent will live on in Hollywood and all around the world.moreless