Grace Kelly

Good Morning Print and Patterners ! here comes another delivery of our section “Welcome to Hollywood” today we are going to talk about a princess, obviously you know who I’m talking about; Grace Kelly. A girl who changed the concept of elegance that bet for a sophisticated Dior look, not as Audrey Hepburn that bet for Givenchy, but that work perfectly. A blonde who was not “wearing the word sexy written on her forehead”, that was what Hitchcock said about Marilyn Monroe, and a princess who returned the glitz and glamor to an irrelevant monarchy in Europe. here is our little biography:

On November 12, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents. Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early age. After her high school graduation in 1947, Grace struck out on her own, heading to New York‘s bright lights to try her luck there. Grace worked some as a model and made her debut on Broadway in 1949. Not pleased with the work in New York, Grace moved to Southern California for the more prestigious part of acting — motion pictures.

In 1951, she appeared in her first film entitled Fourteen Hours (1951) when she was 22. It was a small part, but a start nonetheless. The following year she landed in High Noon (1952), a western starring Gary Cooper and Lloyd Bridges which turned out to be very popular. In 1953, Grace appeared in only one film, but it was another popular one. The film was Mogambo (1953) where Grace played Linda Nordley. The film was a jungle drama in which fellow cast members, Clark Gable and Ava Gardner turned in masterful performances. It was also one of the best films ever released by MGM.

Although she got noticed with High Noon, her work with director Alfred Hitchcock, which began with Dial M for Murder (1954) made her a star. Her standout performance in Rare Window (1954) brought her to prominence. As Lisa Fremont, she was cast opposite James Stewart, who played a crippled photographer who witnesses a murder in the next apartment from his wheelchair.

Grace stayed busy in 1954 appearing in five films. Grace would forever be immortalized by winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Georgie Elgin opposite Bing Crosby in The Country Girl (1954). In 1955, Grace once again teamed with Hitchcock in To Catch a Thief (1955) co-starring Cary Grant.

In 1956, she played Tracy Lord in the musical comedy High Society (1956) which also starred Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. The film was well received. It also turned out to be her final acting performance. Grace had recently met and married Prince Rainier of Monaco. By becoming a princess, she gave up her career. For the rest of her life, she was to remain in the news with her marriage and her three children.

On September 14, 1982, Grace was killed in an automobile accident in her adoptive home country, the place of the crash is said to have occurred in the same twisty road that appears in the movie To Catch a Thief (1955)  although his son denied it . She was just 52 years old.

One thought on “Grace Kelly

  1. Beth – Wow, so handsome Lailah! You’re going to have a line of girls ouidste your house pretty soon! Erin is going to be first in line. =) It was so cute how sweet he was with her when you guys visited!

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