Grace Kelly’s Biography
Grace Patricia Kelly (12 November 1929–14 September 1982) was an Oscar-winning actor, fashion icon, and princess of Monaco. She was born to John and Margaret Kelly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At a young age, Grace decided she wanted to become an actor, and she later studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City. When in New York, she worked as a stage actor and model, famously promoting Old Gold cigarettes and appearing on the covers of magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Redbook.
After moving to Hollywood, Grace made her debut in the film 14 Hours in a minor supporting role, and later starred in High Noon as Gary Cooper’s bride. She then appeared in Mogambo, which won her an Oscar nomination and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Her work in High Noon and a screen test for the film Taxi piqued the interest of director Alfred Hitchcock, who, with the aid of Edith Head, sculpted Grace into his ideal of the elegant, blond leading lady. She delivered captivating performances in Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief.
Grace defied her glamorized public persona in the film The Country Girl, which won her the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1954. The success of the song “True Love” from the movie High Society earned her a gold record, and, in 1956, she was voted the Golden Globe’s World Film Favorite Actor, Female.
Later that year, she married Prince Rainier Grimaldi III of Monaco, becoming Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco. She ended her successful acting career to focus on her new role as a princess and to raise her three children: Princess Caroline, Prince Albert, and Princess Stéphanie.
As a princess, she also dedicated her time to charitable causes, particularly in the areas of health, education, and the arts. She was an active member of the Red Cross and served as the president of its Monaco chapter for several years, and she established the Princess Grace Foundation to support emerging talent in theater, dance, and film.
Princess Grace died on 14 September 1982 after her car went off a road in the cliffs of Monaco. Today, she is remembered as a timeless icon of style, beauty, and grace, and her sense of style continues to inspire people around the world.