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Grace Kelly

Actor / Royalty

Born: 12 November 1929
Died: 14 September 1982 (automobile crash)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Best known as: The actress who became Princess of Monaco
An icon of Hollywood elegance and beauty, Grace Kelly won a best actress Oscar in 1954 for The Country Girl (in which she was the long-suffering wife of an alcoholic actor played by Bing Crosby). She is still better known for playing the gorgeous, reserved blonde in three Alfred Hitchcock films: Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954, with Jimmy Stewart) and To Catch a Thief (1955, with Cary Grant). She also played Gary Cooper's wife in the iconic western High Noon (1952) and starred with Crosby and Frank Sinatra in the musical romp High Society (1956). While attending the Cannes film festival she met Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The two were married on 18 April 1956 and Kelly abandoned her acting career to become Princess Grace. She was killed in a 1982 auto accident in Monaco, in which she apparently suffered a stroke and then crashed while driving with her daughter Stephanie.
Extra credit: Grace and Rainier had three children: Caroline (b. 1957), Albert (b. 1958) and Stephanie (b. 1965)... Among her grandchildren are Caroline's popular daughter Charlotte and son Andrea... Rainier was deeply affected by the death of Princess Grace, and remained unmarried until his death in 2005.

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