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Grace Kelly

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. She also made a brief foray into the infant medium of television. Not content 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 the role of Amy Kane 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 had come into prominence with 'High Noon', it was the 1954 film, Rear Window (1954) that really made her stand out. As Lisa Fremont she was cast opposite James Stewart who played a crippled, photographer who witnesses a murder in the next apartment from his wheel-chair. It was the first time Grace was teamed up with the world famous director, Alfred Hitchcock. The film made her a bona fide star. Grace stayed busy in 1954 appearing in five films. After Green Fire (1954), Grace appeared in Dial M for Murder (1954), another thriller directed by Hitchcock. With her next film Country Girl, The (1954), Grace would forever be immortalized by winning the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Georgie Elgin opposite Bing Crosby. Her final film that year was _Bridges at Toko-Ri, The (1954)_ with Fredric March, William Holden, and Mickey Rooney. In 1955, Grace was once again teamed up 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 whimsical tale ended with her re-marrying her former husband, played by Crosby. The film was well received. It also turned out to be her final acting performance. Grace had recently met and married Prince Rainier III of the little principality 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. She was just 52 years old. {Denny Jackson}} In the summer of 1954, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant were on the French Riviera working on an Alfred Hitchcock movie, "To Catch A Thief". It was probably the scene after she speeds along the Moyen Corniche to quickly get to the "picnic grounds" -- and away from a tailing police car -- that she had time to look at the Mediterranean and the countryside along the coast. "Whose gardens are those?" she asked screenwriter John Michael Hayes. "Prince Grimaldi's". She would not meet the prince until the following year. In New York in March 1955, she received a call from Rupert Allan, Look Magazine's west coast editor who had become a friend since writing three cover stories on her. The French government wanted her to attend the Cannes Film Festival that May. She had to given some good reasons to go. One: "The Country Girl" would be shown at the festival. Two: she had really loved working on the Riveria the summer before. She met Ranier during the Cannes festival. He needed a wife, because with no heir to the throne, Monaco would again be part of France -- after his death -- and its citizens would have to pay French taxes. And Kelly thought it was time for her to select a husband, one who would finally meet with her parents' approval. Her biographers show that the life of a princess was not exactly living happily ever after. Old friends from Philadelphia as well as people she had known in Hollywood reported how glad she was to talk about her life in America and to be speaking English. And then on a cliff road she had known so well since her first visit to the Riviera, there was the fatal crash. The spot is said to be the same spot where the picnic scene was filmed in 1954

Grace's Filmography
 
1951
Fourteen Hours
1952
High noon
1953
Mogambo
1954
Dial M for murder
Rear window
The country girl
Green fire
1955
The bridges at Toko Ri
To catch a thief
1956
The swan
High society
1966
Poppies are also flowers
1982
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