General Trivia about Grace Kelly

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  • In 1973, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III bought her ancestral home, a 2-room cottage on a 35-acre holding at Drumilra (a.k.a. Drumirla, Drimulra, Drimurla, Drimula, Droim Iolra, Dhroim Iolra) outside Newport Village on Leg O'Mutton Lake in Ireland for the sum of £7,800. Her paternal grandfather was born and lived there before emigrating to the United States.
  • Grace Kelly was one of many famous tenants of the Barbizon Hotel for Women when she lived in New York. Other tenants included Candice Bergen, Liza Minnelli, Cloris Leachman, Ali MacGraw, and Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale.
  • Grace Kelly was not pleased over ABC television's plans to air a miniseries about her life starring Cheryl Ladd.
  • Cy Coleman wrote a Dutch language musical about the life of Grace Kelly that was produced in Amsterdam in 2001. On Grace Kelly, Money and Dreams, a documentary about the musical and the the special theater built for it, had its premiere in 2002.
  • Grace Kelly was named for her aunt Grace, who had died in her early 20s.
  • Artist Andy Warhol made a screen print of Grace Kelly in 1984.
  • A 1997 British television documentary by investigative reporters David Carr-Brown and David Cohen claims that Grace joined the Order of the Solar Temple months before her death in 1982. The cult, headed by Joseph di Mambro, is said to have named her a High Priestess of the Order. Grace reportedly gave the group nine million dollars, but had second thoughts afterwards and demanded her money back. However, the Order of the Solar Temple did not exist until 1984, and there is no evidence (neither external nor internal to the Solar Temple or the similarly named, but separate, Sovereign Order of the Solar Temple) that shows that Grace was a member.
  • Grace Kelly was the first actress to appear on an American postage stamp.
  • In the television sitcom Grace Under Fire, Brett Butler played a character named Grace Kelly.
  • Grace was one of 1,558 celebrities honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 8 Feburary 1960, when the Walk of Fame was started.
  • Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" was played at Grace's funeral.
  • The 1973 Mercedes hearse used to transport Princess Grace's body is on display at the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas, USA.
  • Grace's first royal portrait was by Ralph Cowan, for which she wore a gown by Luis Estevez gown of imported white Chantilly lace.
  • When she pursued her acting career in the early 1950s, Grace Kelly lived at Manhattan House, a white brick, 21-story, 10-tower complex at 200 E. 66th St. that occupies an entire city block of New York City's Upper East Side.
  • A street in Monaco is named for Princess Grace: Avenue Princess Grace.
  • Princess Grace had an art studio at Roc d'Agel where she worked on her pressed flower art.
  • One of Princess Grace's most prized possessions was the Imperial Blue Serpent Fabergé Egg, created in 1887 by Peter Carl Fabergé.
  • Grace Kelly has been romantically connected to Gary Cooper, JFK, Bing Crosby, Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Prince Aly Khan, The Shah of Iran, Ray Milland, Oleg Cassini, and William Holden, among others.
  • A photograph of Grace taken by Milton H. Greene in 1954 shows the actress wearing Greene's suede jacket. Before her marriage to Rainier, she reportedly called Greene and said that MGM wanted to buy the negatives from the sitting. Greene refused.
  • Although she was severely nearsighted, Grace Kelly hardly ever wore glasses in public. In her interview with Merv Griffin, she confessed, "I'm very shortsighted."
  • Grace Kelly was to appear in The Poppy is also a Flower/Poppies are also Flowers, an anti-drug movie by the United Nations.
  • Grace Kelly was educated at Philadelphia's Raven Hill Academy and Stevens School, and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
  • The American Film Institute ranked Grace Kelly as #13 in its list of all-time great female stars.
  • James Stewart gave the eulogy at Grace's funeral:

    You know, I just love Grace Kelly. Not because she was a princess, not because she was an actress, not because she was my friend, but because she was just about the nicest lady I ever met.

  • Grace Kelly received a Weimaraner as a wedding gift from her brother Jack. She also had a poodle named Oliver and a great dane.
  • Dutch designer Marcel Wanders created two wallpaper designs inspired by Grace Kelly: Grace and Kelly.
  • Grace owned linens from D. Porthault.
  • On 4 December 2007, an 18 Karat Gold and Diamond Bracelet-Watch, by Van Cleef & Arpels from 1949 that had once belonged to Grace, was auctioned at Sotheby's sale of Magnificent Jewels in New York. Its value was estimated to be $15,000-$20,000.
  • The Café de Paris in Picadilly Circus, London was one of Grace Kelly's favorite restaurants.
  • Founder and head of the Ford Modeling Agency, Eileen Ford, had the opportunity to represent Grace as a model.

    Somebody asked me if I wanted to represent her and I said 'No.' That was really stupid because she was one of the most beautiful women ever born. But I was in my 20s and very, very opinionated. Grace Kelly was a very commercial model, she had no interest in being a fashion model. None at all.

  • Princess Grace was a supporter of Josephine Baker. When Baker was refused service at New York City's The Stork Club, Grace refused to dine there ever again.
  • In 1998, Fabergé introduced a perfume called Grace de Monaco. It was a tribute to the princess and a portion of proceeds were donated to the Princess Grace Foundation.
  • Grace Kelly had two uncles in the performing arts: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright George Edward Kelly (1887–1974) and vaudeville comedian Walter "Judge" Kelly (1873–1939)
  • At least two flowers have been named for Princess Grace. Antoine Meilland named a bright pink rose "Grace de Monaco" in honor of her marriage to Prince Rainier III. Klaas de Jong named a lily "Lys Princess Grace" in the 1970s after meeting her at the Amsterdam International Flower Show.
  • When visiting London, Princess Grace stayed at The Connaught.
  • In Mallorca, Spain, Princess Grace stayed at Hotel Barceló Formentor.
  • Antônio Clara was the chef to the royal house of Monaco.
  • Princess Grace recorded the story L'Oiseau de Nord et L'Oiseau du Soleil (The Bird from the North and the Bird from the Sun) (1978) in both French and English.
  • As a commercial model, Grace Kelly worked for John Robert Powers, and earned over $400 a week.
  • Grace was a strong swimmer, having taken lessons at the Penn Athletic Club in Rittenhouse Square on Saturday mornings as a child. As a princess, she had a swimming pool installed on Monaco's palace grounds.
  • The name of Princess Grace can be found throughout Monaco today. Among the tributes are The Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance and The Princess Grace Theatre.
  • Grace Kelly
    A fan waiting outside Kelly's apartment for a sight of her idol
    As a movie star, Grace kept an apartment at 988 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

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