Grace Kelly was born on November 12, 1929, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born into a rich Irish Catholic family in Philadelphia (her uncle was the playwright George Kelly) and attendedprivate schools before enrolling in the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City in 1947. She made her professional debut in summer stock in July 1949 and her Broadway debut in November 1949. Shealso appeared frequently on television.
During her six-year (1951-56) heyday in Hollywood, she appeared in such films asFourteen Hours (1951), in which she made her screen debut; High Noon (1952), asGary Cooper's Quaker wife; Mogambo(1953); and The Country Girl (1954), for which she won an Academy Award for best actress as Bing Crosby's dowdy wife. But perhaps her most memorable roles were insuch Alfred Hitchcock films asDial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window(1954), and To Catch a Thief (1955). Kelly was the perfect Hitchcock heroine and had what he described as "sexual elegance."
Aftermaking The Swan (1956) and High Society (1956), she married Prince Rainier and became princess of Monaco. The couple had three children--Princess Caroline, Prince Albert, and Princess Stephanie--andremained devoted to each other and their family.
Books and gossip inevitably have arisen in the years since her death speculating on her affairs, unhappiness in her long marriage etc. etc, yawn,yawn...the same stuff that seems to surround anyone famous who dies. For all the sources seem to emanate from silver haired gentlemen who perhaps finding their pension's rather meagre decide to make a trip tofantasy island, come up with 'I know let's tell a sex scandal like story about Grace and I who told me to get lost in a bar in 1965 but hey let's not let reality get in the way of making a buck ortwo' and write a tacky covered book destined for the bargain bin bucket of the bargain bin bucket hell superstore in the hope that they can buy outright the timeshare they've acquired in the Costa del...
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