GRACE KELLY BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12th, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to parents John Brendan Kelly Sr. and Margaret Katherine Majer. She had three siblings, Peggy, John Sr. and Lizzane. At a very young age, Grace decided she was interested in becoming an actress. At the age of ten, she made her own theatrical debut in a Philadelphia-area production. Because of low mathematics scores, Kelly was rejected by Bennington College in July 1947, so after her high school graduation in 1947, she went on to study at New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Art. Grace promoted Old Gold cigarettes and appeared on the covers of magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Redbook. She also did some work as a stage actress and model before moving to Hollywood.
Television producer Delbert Mann cast Grace in her first of nearly sixty live television programs. Success on television eventually brought her a role in a major motion picture, "Fourteen Hours" (1951) at the age of 22 starring Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Debra Paget and Barbara Bel Geddes. The following year she landed a role in, "High Noon" (1952), a western starring Gary Cooper, Katy Jurado and Lloyd Bridges which turned out to be very popular. In 1953, Grace only appeared in one film, "Mogambo", the result was a seven-year contract with MGM. It was one of the best films ever released by MGM. Grace starred in a TV play, "The Way of an Eagle", before being cast in the film adaptation of Frederick Knott's Broadway hit, "Dial M for Murder" (1954) starring Ray Milland and Robert Cummings. Although she got noticed with High Noon, her work with director Alfred Hitchcock on this film really played an important role in her leap for stardom.
Grace stayed busy in 1954 appearing in five films. "Rear Window" (1954) starring with James Stewart, brought her to celebrity status. For the film, "The Country Girl" (1954), Grace won an Academy Award for best actress. "To Catch a Thief" (1955) co-starring Cary Grant, was her next film. While filming on the French Riviera, she met Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and the two began a romance which was soon making international headlines. "High Society" (1956) was her next starring role, which also starred Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. The film was quite popular, but was also her last acting performance.
Grace met and married, Prince Rainier of Monaco. Since she became a princess, she had to give up her acting career. It is said that Prince Rainier of Monaco chose to marry a movie star to increase tourism. Grace had three children with him, Princess Caroline, Prince Albert, and Princess Stéphanie. As Princess of Monaco, she founded AMADE Mondiale, a Monaco-based non-profit organization, recognized by the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization. AMADE promotes and protects the "moral and physical integrity" and "spiritual well-being of children throughout the world, without distinction of race, nationality or religion and in a spirit of complete political independence." Her daughter Princess Caroline carries the torch for AMADE today in her role as President.
Sadly on September 14th, 1982 at only 52 years of age, Grace was killed in an automobile accident in Monaco.
Grace was honored in many different ways. In 1956, she was voted Golden Globe's World Film Favorite Female Actor and was chosen by Empire Magazine as one of the sexiest stars in film history. She was also the very first actress to appear on a postage stamp in 1993 and was voted the 12th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premier Magazine.
1951 Fourteen Hours
1952 High Noon
1953 Dial M For Murder
1953 Rear Window
1954 The Country Girl
1954 Green Fire
1954 The Bridges at Toko-Ri
1955 To Catch A Thief
1955 The Swan
1956 High Society