Grace Kelly - Prince Rainier III of Monaco
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Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 - September 14, 1982) was
an American Academy Award-winning actress and Princess consort of
Monaco. In April 1956, Kelly married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco,
and became styled as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, and
was commonly referred to as Princess Grace.
After embarking on an acting career in 1948, at the age of 18, Grace Kelly
appeared in New York City theatrical productions as well as in more than
forty episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s
Golden Age of Television. In October 1953, with the release of Mogambo,
she became a movie star, a status confirmed in 1954 with a Golden Globe
Award and Academy Award nomination as well as leading roles in five films,
including The Country Girl, in which she gave a deglamorized, Academy
Award-winning performance as Best Actress. Retiring from acting at 26
and entering upon her duties in Monaco, she and Prince Rainier became
the parents of three children: Caroline, Albert, and Stéphanie. She
also retained her American roots, maintaining a dual US and Monégasque
citizenship. Her death caused by cerebral hemorrhage was the result of an
automobile accident, two months before her 53rd birthday. In June 1999,
the American Film Institute ranked her #13 in their list of top female
stars of American cinema.
from the film To Catch a Thief
With Clark Gable in Mogambo
With James Stewart in Rear Window
With Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief
As is customary in some countries, Kelly and Rainier had both civil and religious weddings. The 40-minute civil ceremony took place in the Palace Throne Room of Monaco on April 18, 1956, and was broadcast across Europe. To cap the ceremony, the 142 official titles (counterparts of Rainier's) that Kelly acquired in the union were formally recited. The following day the church ceremony took place at Monaco's Saint Nicholas Cathedral.
Kelly's wedding dress, designed by MGM's Academy Award–winning Helen Rose, was worked on for six weeks by three dozen seamstresses. The 600 guests included Hollywood stars David Niven and his wife Hjördis, Gloria Swanson, Ava Gardner, the crowned head Aga Khan, Gloria Guinness, Daisy Fellowes, Etti Plesch, Lady Diana Cooper, Enid, Lady Kenmare, Loelia, Duchess of Westminster and Conrad Hilton. Frank Sinatra initially accepted an invitation but at the last minute decided otherwise, afraid of upstaging the bride on her wedding day. The ceremony was watched by an estimated 30 million people on television.
The prince and princess left that night for their seven-week Mediterranean honeymoon cruise on Rainier's yacht, Deo Juvante II.