Grace Kelly  
12 November, 1929 - 14 September, 1982


 

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


Grace Kelly remains one of the most popular, timeless screen beauties of Hollywood.  At a young age Grace knew that she wanted to become an actress and before getting her start on the stage and in films she worked as a model to display fashions at local events.  She started out in television and from there she broke into films.  Her debut film was Fourteen Hours in 1951 but it was her role in High Noon (1952) opposite Gary Cooper which got her noticed.  

She would then go on to star in Mogambo (1953) with Clark Gable and Ava Gardner and her star continued to rise after it's success.  She became one of the muses of famed director Alfred Hitchcock who cast Grace in Dial M For Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954) and To Catch a Thief (1955).  Hitchcock and Kelly formed a special bond over the years and Grace had the fortune to be dressed by famed costume designer Edith Head for both Rear Window and To Catch a Thief.

Grace would won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Country Girl (1954) and appeared in her final film in 1956's High Society.  She retired from film to become Princess of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III after meeting him at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955.  It was here that she had 3 beautiful children and it was while pregnant with Princess Caroline of Monaco that she would use a Hermes bag to shield her belly from the paparazzi.  The purse was later nicknamed "the Kelly bag".  Grace eventually lost her life in a car accident while driving with her daughter, Princess Stephanie along a cliff road in the French Riviera which is said to have been the same spot where the picnic scene from To Catch a Thief was filmed.