Grace Kelly

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Grace Kelly
Princess consort of Monaco
TenureApril 18, 1956 – September 14, 1982
Born(1929-11-12)November 12, 1929
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedSeptember 14, 1982(1982-09-14) (aged 52)
IssueCaroline, Princess of Hanover
Albert II, Prince of Monaco
Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
Full name
Grace Patricia Kelly
FatherJohn B. Kelly, Sr.
MotherMargaret Katherine Majer
ReligionRoman Catholicism[1]
SignatureGrace Kelly's signature

Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American actress and royal. She later married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and became Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco.

Early life[change | change source]

Grace Kelly was born at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia on November 12 1929. Her father was an Irish American and her mother was a German American.

Acting career[change | change source]

Grace Kelly graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1949. She made her film debut in Fourteen Hours (1951) and gained stardom from her roles in Fred Zinnemann's western film High Noon (1952), and John Ford's adventure-romance Mogambo (1953). Other notable works include Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief. In 1955 she won an Academy Award for The Country Girl. She was the first actress to appear on a postage stamp. She was also mentioned in Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire" and in Mika's song "Grace Kelly" (2007).

The classic head-cover of a silk scarf crossed under the chin and knotted at the side or nape of the neck is universally known as the "Grace Kelly". This chic look is still copied by many female Hollywood stars when they wish to retain a degree of anonymity in the public eye.

Life as a royal[change | change source]

Grace Kelly retired from acting at age 26 to marry Rainier III of Monaco.

With Prince Rainier, she had three children:

As Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly was known for her charity work. In 1982, Kelly suffered a stroke which caused her to crash her car.[2] She died in hospital the next day. Her son, Prince Albert, helped establish the Princess Grace Awards in 1984.

References[change | change source]

  1. A Prayer for Monaco. Catholic Online. Published: February 3, 2009.
  2. "1982: Hollywood princess dead". 14 September 1982 – via

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