Grace Kelly, the blue-eyed beauty was a model, Academy Award-winning actress, Princess of Monaco, wife and fashion icon.Grace Kelly was born into a fairly influential and quite affluent household in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 12 November 1929.The Fifties film star who became a princess had a harsh childhood as revealed in a new book about the 1950s Hollywood star. As a child, Kelly was taught by her mother to never publicly show emotions and her father taught her to strive for perfection. In “Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl,” authors Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman claim that Grace grew up with a physically abusive mother and an anti-Semitic father.
She was born with the beauty and talent that was to become the face of Hollywood cinema a few years later. With her blonde hair, blue-green eyes, Grace Kelly became one of the highest-paid models in New York City at the time.
Grace helped fund her studies at drama school in Manhattan through modelling. After graduating, she started out in TV, but was soon spotted by MGM studio director John Ford, who saw her in a 1950 screen test and was instantly struck by her ‘breeding, quality and class.’
Her life as actress
Grace Kelly was a beautiful, classy stage actress who became an Oscar-winning movie star. In five years she starred in 11 motion pictures and, while at the top of her popularity, she left stardom to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. Kelly starred in such movies as ‘Dial M for Murder’ and ‘The Country Girl,’ before leaving Hollywood to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Kelly was a favorite of Alfred Hitchcock’s, who cast her in “Dial M for Murder,” “Rear Window,” and “To Catch a Thief.” She’d also just won the Best Actress Oscar for “The Country Girl.”
Critics have cited Grace Kelly as one of the most influential and iconic film personalities in the whole of American cinematic history.
Her Marriage and Wedding
Before Prince Rainier, Grace Kelly had a romance with the famous clothing designer Oleg Cassini. But her parents took a dislike to Cassini, making it clear that they did not approve of the marriage, and by 1955 their relationship had ended.
The irony of her playing a princess in one of her last films, The Swan, foreshadowed her destiny.
American actress Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier III of Monaco at a photo shoot in 1955 when she was leading the American delegation to the Cannes Film Festival, and the two instantly hit it off.
Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco on 19 April 1956 and retired from acting. It was called “The Wedding of the Century,” Oscar-winning star Grace Kelly exchanged vows with Prince Rainier III, the sovereign prince of Monaco, in an elaborate Roman Catholic ceremony that was watched by 30 million people on television.
One of the most recognizable wedding dresses of all time, Kelly’s stunning gown was actually a gift to the actress from MGM. Designed by costume designer Helen Rose, it reportedly required 30 seamstresses and six weeks to make. She was without a doubt the most beautiful bride of the 20th century.
The marriage of Grace Kelly with Prince Rainier is truly an enduring testimony to love. Princess Grace and Prince Rainier loved each other very much, right from the beginning.
Grace Kelly as mom
Kelly had three children, Albert, Caroline, and Stephanie, whom she absolutely loved and devoted her life towards.
Her Iconic Style
Grace Kelly wowed the public with her elegant sense of style that defined the glamorous 1950s. She remains one of the most fashionable icons of our time. “She always understood that being a stylish was part of her job,” explains fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave. Grace’s style was renowned for its simplicity and her classic and elegant approach to dressing has ensured it looks timeless.
Grace’s minimal, yet elegant style allowed her beauty and impeccable taste to shine through. She often wore solid colors, specifically blue, pink, white and her favorite color yellow. The look she loved was the circle skirt look, with a nipped waistline, fitted bodice, and big, full skirt, which was as princessy as things get.
Grace loved pearls and she was fan of Christian Dior, Cristobal, Balenciaga, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.
Her sense of style was flawless and she was, and remains, the ultimate style icon.
Grace Kelly died on September 14, 1982, at the age of 52. She will always be remembered as one of Hollywood’s most glittering stars, who got to live the fairytale that all little girls dream of.