Grace Kelly woman, actress, princess and myth

“The pain is still there.” Forty years after the death of grace kelly, your son Albert of Monaco, keep missing her. “They say time heals all wounds, I think of her, we think of her very often. But four decades ago she disappeared and the memory of her is still very present and the grief is still there, deep in my heart,” he said. recently in an interview given on the anniversary of his loss. Born in the American city of Philadelphia, in a state of Pennsylvaniaon November 12, 1929, went from a cigarette commercial to a Hollywood star who later became princess of monaco starring in an idyllic love story. On September 14, 1982, he died at the age of 52 after a road accident, and his figure became an eternal myth.

Daughter of a construction businessman, John Brendan Kelly, and educator, Margaret Catherine Major Kelly, was the third of four children from a wealthy family of some prominence in her hometown of Philadelphia. She came to acting through ballet, which was her first vocation, and after being unable to continue her dance studies, she chose to enroll at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, the city where she began her career. While studying, she worked as a model and did commercials, becoming the face of a cigarette brand.

Her acting abilities, accompanied by great beauty and innate elegance, catapulted her to success, becoming a Hollywood muse.. After some first attempts in theater and television, his first big break came with the film “Solo ante del danger”, by Fred Zinnemann, with Gary Cooper and Katie Jurado in the cast. Thanks to this film, he discovered it John Ford who hired her for “Mogambo”, starring Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and her first Academy Award nomination. From then on it was all success, becoming a star and starring in some of the legendary titles of the suspense genius, Alfred Hitchcock as The Perfect Crime or Rear Window.

Her full dedication came with a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in The Country Girl, but the film that changed her life was another Hitchcock title, “Catch a Thief.” The photos were taken on the French Cote d’Azur and this gives him the opportunity to meet Monaco and Rainier III. The Prince of Monegasque wanted to meet the actress and appeared at the hotel where he was staying falling in love with her. Thus began a love story worthy of any Hollywood script. After several months of courtship, during the filming of “Alta Sociedad“, Rainier travels to the Kelly family home to ask for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage. On January 5, 1956, the engagement was announced to the world. Thus begins a new stage in the life of the actress, who retires from the big screen to become a princess.

Grace Kelly at her wedding to Rainier of Monaco

the event of the century

On April 18, 1956, in the throne room of the Palace of Monaco, the couple entered into a civil marriage and a day later, on April 19, the religious ceremony took place. Qualified as the event of the century, Grace Kelly wore an iconic dress that is now part of bridal fashion history. An elegant Helen Rose design that is one of the most imitated ever. The wedding brought together 600 guests from the aristocracy and the cinema, was broadcast on various European television stations and is estimated to have been seen by over 30 million viewers. from this day the actress became a princessreceived 140 titles of nobility and devoted himself entirely to the principality and his family.

Since then, his style and elegance have marked every act in which Monaco has participated began to live a golden age, attracting new wealth in investment thanks to international projection and of the pull exerted by Hollywood stardom. Grace projected an image of exclusivity and class while becoming a loving mother and naturally showing her bond with her children.. On January 23, 1957, the firstborn of the marriage was born, Carolina. This day is declared a national holiday. On May 14, 1958, the Crown Prince Albert and seven years later, on February 1, 1965, he was born Stephaniethe third and last daughter.

“She had what we call intelligence of the heart, it was something that came naturally to her, a quality that was sometimes forgotten, she knew how to show herself to others and show a little humanity,” her son says of her Alberto, who emphasizes “her role as mother, confidant and advisor”. “Patience, knowing how to listen to others, being generous, being considerate of others, some sociability. And above all, solidarity,” are the characteristics he remembers most about his mother.

Adaptation to the new life was not easy for the actress-princess, but she was happy with her husband and family until, on September 13, 1982, she suffered a terrible road accident on the same road that appeared in To Catch a Thief while returning to Monaco from her country house in Roc Agel. The official version established that Grace had a heart attack and the car overturned and exited a bend in the road, going down a slope of 30 meters. She was accompanied by her youngest daughter, Estefania, who was 17 years old. She was unharmed while her mother died the next day at Princess Grace Hospital Centre. Four days later she was buried in the Cathedral of San Nicolas on one of the principality’s saddest days.

the great resignation

The day he died Grace Kelly had only $10,000 and a country house in Ireland that had belonged to her grandfather. A meager legacy for what was a brilliant movie star. It is believed that if he had continued his career, he would have reached a level similar to that of other stars of the time such as Audrey Hepburn, who had about 85 million euros when he died.

However, the actress agreed to abandon her career for love, so she was unable to capitalize on her fame. Moreover, as revealed by the documentary “The Lost Millions”, in order to marry, he had to pay the princely house a dowry of two million dollars. To pay such a high amount, he resorted to money from his family, as what he managed to collect during his professional career was not enough, despite the successes.

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