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grace.jpgOn November 12, 1929 Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, the third of four children to John and Margaret Kelly.  Her Father was an Olympic Gold Medal winner, a self made millionaire and even worked for President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II, as the National Director of Physical Fitness.  Grace decided she wanted to become an actor at a young age and at the age of 12 she played the lead role in a school play, Don’t Feed The Animals.  She worked as a model and actor in New York and had her debut in the play, The Father.  At the age of nineteen she performed in The Philadelphia Story, before she would have big success on live television which led her to star with Gary Cooper in the movie High Noon in 1952.  Grace would then appear in the movie Mogambo, which would win her an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.  After her success in Mogambo, she would do a television play before doing a string of Alfred Hitchcock films including, Dial M for Murder in 1954, Rear Window in 1954 and The Country Girl which won her the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1954.  She would star in the movie To Catch a Thief in 1955, The Swan and High Society, both in 1956.  Before Grace made the moviekelly.jpg The Swan, she met Prince Rainier III while heading the US delegation at the Canes Film Festival.  After their meeting Grace and the Prince had privately kept in touch, then in December Prince Rainier made a trip to America.  It was said to be a business trip but when he was asked if he was pursuing a wife, he replied “No.”  A second question was asked, “If you were pursuing a wife, what kind would you like?”  Rainier smiled and answered, “I don’t know, the best.”  He found the best and “The Wedding of the Century” was set for April 19, 1956.  Grace Kelly became “Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco,” but was generally known as Princess Gracia Patricia of Monaco.  Sadly as much of a fairy tale as her life had been, it would not end like one.  Princess Grace died in an automobile accident on this day September 14, 1982.

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