Monday, September 05, 2016

"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day

Grace Kelly
Today let us highlight the Princess of Monaco.

Grace struck out on her own after high school, heading to New York's bright lights to try her luck. Grace worked as a model but made her acting debut on Broadway in 1949. She also had a brief stint in television. Not content with the work in New York, Grace moved to Southern California for the more prestigious part of acting -- motion pictures.

In 1951, she appeared in her first film Fourteen Hours when she was 22. It was a small part, but a start nonetheless. The following year she landed the role of Amy Kane in High Noon, a western starring Gary Cooper and Lloyd Bridges which turned out to be very popular. In 1953, Grace appeared in only one film, but it was another popular one, Mogambo. The film was a jungle drama in which fellow cast members, Clark Gable and Ava Gardner turned in masterful performances. It was also one of the best films ever released by MGM.

Although she got noticed with High Noon, her work with director Alfred Hitchcock, which began with Dial M for Murder made her a star. Her standout performance in Rear Window brought her to prominence.

Grace would forever be immortalized by winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Georgie Elgin opposite Bing Crosby in The Country Girl. In 1955, Grace once again teamed with Hitchcock in To Catch a Thief co-starring Cary Grant.

In 1956, she played her last role as Tracy Lord in the musical comedy High Society which also starred Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. The film was well received. It also turned out to be her final acting performance. Grace had recently met and married Prince Rainier of Monaco. By becoming a princess, she gave up her career. For the remainder of her life, she was to stay in the media, not by acting, but through her marriage and her three children. On September 14, 1982, Grace was killed at the age of 52 when her brakes failed as she drove through the mountains. Her beauty, grace, and poise will always be remembered. She truly was a princess.

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