Mini Bio – Grace Kelly

The exquisitely beautiful Grace Kelly (her own name) was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 12, 1929 and died in a traffic accident on September 12, 1982 in Monaco. At the time of her untimely death she was the “Princess Grace of Monaco”.

Kelly, in her short but illustrious career, shot only 29 movies including To Catch a Thief (1955), Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954) and High Noon (1952). She was one of the actresses that Hitchcock was very fond of working with in film after film.

Nominated only twice for the Academy Award in 1954 and 1955, Grace won it in 1955 in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category for “The Country Girl (1954).”

Did you know these trivia facts about Grace Kelly?

1. She died in a traffic accident while driving her sports car in Monaco, very similar to the scene in which she was driving recklessly on the mountains overlooking Nice, France in “To Catch a Thief,” with a very scared Cary Grant in the passenger seat.

2. She was the original choice against Cary Grant in “North by Northwest.” But when she married Monaco’s Prince Rainer and quit the movie business, the rule role went to Eva Saint Marie.

3. Prince Rainier of Monaco banned the screening of her films in Monaco after she became his Princess.

4. She holds the distinction of being the very first actress to appear on a U.S. postage stamp in 1993.

5. She loved roses with a passion. After her death at the age of 52, Prince Rainier inaugurated a public rose garden in Monaco in her memory.

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