Friday, November 6, 2009

Grace Kelly: A Small Biography and Tribute

This month, Turner Classic Movies is celebrating the 80th Birthday of Grace Kelly! Because I love the actress so much, I’ve decided to write a small tribute/biography :]

On November 12th, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father was a self-made millionaire and ran for the mayor of Philadelphia in 1935 and lost. Grace was enrolled in the prestigious Ravenhill Academy. She modeled along with her mother and sisters and at twelve was in the lead of the school play, Don’t’ Feed the Animals. In 1947, she graduated from a small private school (Stevens School). She was rejected from Bennington College because of poor math scores, but decided to pursue acting instead. She had a small part in the film Fourteen Hours, but a year later, she became a star acting alongside Gary Cooper in High Noon. She was at her peak
in the 1950s, with Hitchcock classics such as Dial M For Murder, To Catch A Thief, and Rear Window. In 1955, she won an Oscar for 1954’s The Country Girl. It was her only Oscar win. Her last finished film was 1956’s High Society. After that, she married Prince Rainier of Monaco, making her Princess Grace of Monaco.

She had three children… Princess Caroline of Monaco, Prince Albert of Monaco, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco. She returned to acting in one film, entitled Rearranged. The movie was never finished due to an accident. This accident ended the life of Grace Kelly. She [apparently] suffered a stroke while driving and was killed in an accident.

Grace Kelly was a true, classic beauty. She had so much class, and was stunningly beautiful. She was elegant, poised, calm, and simple. She is truly missed.

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

1 comment:

  1. There's a biography of her among my books, with a portrait of her barely out of her teens, on the cover. It is one of the most stunning I have ever seen. She was not only a beauty in the classic sense, but was a powerful presence as an actress and as Princess Grace of Monaco. Her performance in The Country Girl was magnificent!

    I doubt if any other woman will ever make the impression she did on the public.