General Trivia About Grace Kelly
- Two of Grace’s uncles were prominent in the performing arts: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright George Edward Kelly (1887–1974) and vaudeville comedian Walter “Judge” Kelly (1873–1939).
- Grace has been referenced in dozens of songs, highlighting her broad cultural impact.
Trivia About Grace Kelly’s Films & Acting Career
- Grace’s first television commercial featured her spraying insecticide around a room.
- Admissions officers at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts characterized Grace’s voice as being “nasal” and “improperly placed.” Despite taking speech classes at the Academy, her distinct voice was considered unconventional by many Hollywood directors and casting agents.
Trivia About Grace Kelly’s Impact on Fashion
- Grace was a patron of top designers, including Balenciaga, Chanel, Christian Dior, Madame Grés, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent.
- Grace wore a spaghetti-strap column gown by Edith Head to accept her Academy Award for Best Actress. The gown was the most costly Oscar dress at the time, with its aquamarine silk fabric alone costing $4,000.
Trivia About Grace Kelly’s Wedding to Prince Rainier III
- Grace’s introduction to Prince Rainier III was to take place at the Cannes Film Festival while promoting The Country Girl. However, an unexpected power outage, triggered by a strike from electrical workers, left Grace unable to iron her clothes wrinkled from travel. Undaunted, she chose a no-iron, wrinkle-free floral McCall’s dress and accented it with artificial flowers in her hair, and the two were able to meet as planned.
- The shoes paired with Grace’s wedding dress were designed by David Evins for Evins, New York. A copper penny was built into the right shoe for good luck. Contrary to popular belief that Grace wore flats so that she would not be much taller than Rainier, the shoes actually have 2½-inch heels.