GRACE Kelly was an Oscar-winning American film icon who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956.
Here we look at the life and career of one of the most elegant women in cinematic and world history.
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Who was Grace Kelly?
Grace Patricia Kelly was an American actress turned princess.
She was born on November 12, 1929, into a wealthy Irish Catholic family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She was educated in convent and private schools before attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1947.
As a student, she modelled part-time and appeared in ads for Old Gold cigarettes and on the covers of magazines like Cosmopolitan and Redbook.
After leaving the Academy at 19, Kelly soon moved to Hollywood.
And it wasn’t long till she caught the attention of producer Stanley Kramer while she was on the set of her first film, Fourteen Hours (1951).
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Kramer offered her a role co-starring opposite Gary Cooper in Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon (1952).
The actress got her first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for John Ford‘s adventure yarn Mogambo in 1953.
Then along with her Academy Award-winning performance in The Country Girl, she starred in the Alfred Hitchcock films Rear Window (1954), Dial M for Murder (1954) and To Catch a Thief (1955).
Kelly starred in 11 motion pictures before abandoning a Hollywood career to marry Rainier III, Prince de Monaco in 1956.
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Who was Grace Kelly’s husband Prince Rainier and did they have any children?
Kelly met Prince Rainer at the Cannes Film Festival in April 1955.
After a year long courtship, they married on April 19, 1956, and she became Princess Grace of Monaco.
She gave birth to their first child, Princess Caroline, on January 23, 1957.
Their second child and heir, Prince Albert, was born on March 14, 1958.
And their youngest, Princess Stéphanie, was born on February 1, 1965, with all children having been delivered at the Palace.
Rainier III was Prince of Monaco from 1949 to his death in 2005.
He ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years and was crucially responsible for the transformation of Monaco’s economy.
He died in April 2005 from complications relating to a lung infection as a result of frequent smoking. He was succeeded by his son, Albert II.
How did Grace die?
Kelly died tragically at the age of 52 when she lost control of her car and drove off a mountain road by the Cote D’Azur in September 1982.
She suffered a mild cerebral haemorrhage and was taken to the Monaco hospital.
She died the following night after her husband decided to turn off her life support.
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Kelly was later buried in the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco.
Rainier, who did not remarry, was buried alongside her after his death in 2005.
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