I have long been entranced by the elegance and beauty of the gorgeous Grace Kelly, but I’ve never known much about her or her life. I decided to do a little research and find out a little more about this immortal fashion icon. Hopefully you will be as intrigued as me!
Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 12, 1929, to a wealthy family. After graduating high school in 1947, she moved to New York to pursue her acting ambitions. For several years, she worked as a model until she made her first Broadway debut in 1949. Her first film came in 1951’s Fourteen Hours.
Playing against such stars as Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, James Steward, Cary Grant, and Frank Sinatra, she made a name for herself as Alfred Hitchcock’s muse in such films as Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief, and Rear Window. It was her role in the 1954’s The Country Girl with Bing Crosby, however, that won her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
At the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, she met Prince Rainier III of Monacco, whom she married in 1956. Her dress, made by Helen Rose, is one of the most iconic wedding dresses of all time. It was also a partial inspiration for Kate Middleton’s dress!
Crafted of silk taffeta, silk net, and 100-year-old Belgium lace, it was the most expensive dress Rose had ever designed. Watch part of their wedding coverage below!
After marrying, she left Hollywood forever, instead focusing on her role as Her Serene Highness, Princess of Monaco.
Posing for the cover of Life Magazine in 1955.
Although she left Hollywood forever, she retained her stylish elegance and grace no matter where she went. As Princess of Monaco, she helped draw increased tourism to the country and was herself a gracious leader in the country. She had three children, Princess Caroline, Prince Albert, and Princess Stéphanie, all of whom are still alive today. Princess Grace herself died on 14 September 1982 in a tragic accident, in which her car went off the side of a cliff road in Monaco.
Family portrait in 1973.
Her timeless sense of style and character, however, is one that will live on forever. “I think it is important to see the person first and the clothes afterwards,” she once said, and that attitude is most definitely reflected in the clothing she wore and accessories she paired with them. After all, it is definitely the woman you see first when looking at pictures of her, and then her clothes.
We as a society will always be obsessed with royality and stardom, but Grace Kelly is one who stands over the decades out not only for those qualities, but also for timeless embodiment inner beauty and joy.
Grace seems like a rather fitting name, don’t you think?