quinta-feira, 18 de fevereiro de 2010

Grace Kelly - Her Story

From Screen Princess to Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly’s amazing life was a fairy tale sprung to life for legions of dreamy little girls and starlet wannabes. Her inconspicuous beginnings as a proper young lady from a privileged family, through some years filming for Hollywood, led her eventually to becoming Princess Grace, Countess Grimaldi, the wife of Prince Rainier III of Monaco. It wasn’t destined to be nothing but sunbathing and baccarat, however; Monaco’s survival depended upon her ability to produce an heir, thereby ensuring tiny Monaco’s right to continued independence from France.
She filled her new role well. In 1958, Grace dutifully produced Albert, their second child-- and an heir. Along with his two sisters, Caroline and Stéphanie, tabloids were well-supplied with fodder for many years, thanks to their antics-- especially those of the two girls. After Princess Grace matured into a steady life dedicated to good causes, due to her husband’s insistence that she abandon her film career after seeing her working in High Society, it became difficult to believe that these three children could have been borne by Her Serene Highness.
Grace’s film career culminated in an Academy Award for her work in The Country Girl (1954), but began some years earlier. Though the family was well off, she decided to join New York City’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1949 she debuted on Broadway in The Father, by Strindberg. In 1951 she landed a part in Fourteen Hours for Twentieth Century-Fox. Her work in 1952 opposite Gary Cooper in High Noon led to a contract with MGM. 1953 saw Grace starring opposite Clark Gable and Ava Gardner in Mogambo.
Her work with Alfred Hitchcock, however, was to provide the definitive stamp on a rapidly-escalating career. His penchant for casting cool blondes in his cinematic tour de forces provided Grace with unforgettable roles in Dial M for Murder, Rear Window (both from 1954), and 1955’s To Catch A Thief. Her cool, aloof demeanor naturally led to talk of romances with many of her leading men, but Grace knew better how to behave.
Life as a Princess, however, ended tragically. At the young age of fifty-two, Grace died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident when the car in which she and daughter Stéphanie had been driving crashed through a barrier on a twisting road and down a hill. She was sent to her final rest from the grand church in which she had been married many years before-- remembered by the world for her beauty, dignity, and most of all by the quality inherent in her baptismal name.

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