Grace Kelly Gorgeous Iconic '58 Original 2 1/4 Camera Transparency Basch Archive

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PROVENANCE: The image offered in this listing comes directly from the personal archived library of PETER BASCH who was a celebrity and artistic nude Playboy photographer during the 1940s through the 1970s. Mr. Basch was a master in glamour and nude fine art photography having authored many books on the subject. In addition to photographer signed and/or stamped photographic images, we are only offering 100% guaranteed original camera images (B&W negatives and color transparencies) which have been stored away since he produced his first work. Many of the original camera film images (negatives and transparencies) have never been seen before and are one of a kind. Others have been published in the world's top celebrity and men's magazines. The rediscovery of the mastery of Peter Basch will reveal his respect and passion for photographing the world's top celebrities and most beautiful women such as BETTIE PAGE, JAYNE MANSFIELD, GRACE KELLY, LOREN, BRANDO, JANE FONDA, BARDOT, EKBERG, FELLINI, ANDRESS and many more. Please see a bio and additional notes on Peter Basch below.

DESCRIPTION:EXTREMELY RARE!!Vintage 1958 original2 1/4"colorcamera KELLYtaken by photographerPETER BASCHand from his personal archive. An beautiful, iconic portrait of the elegant actress!This is the originalcolor transparencythat was in the camera at the time of the photo shoot and is therefore the only one of its kind in existence.

RIGHTS: The PETER BASCH FAMILY TRUST is the sole and exclusive copyright owner of the listed image(s). No rights are included in this offering.


- SIZE: approx. 2 1/4"

- TONE: color

- CONDITION: Very Good, with dimple.


Excellent: Very nearly pristine, with no more than trivial flaws.

Very Fine: One or two minor defects and only the slightest handling wear.

Fine: Minor flaws, with slight handling or surface flaws.

Very Good: Slight scuffing, rippling, minor surface impressions.

Good: Visibly used with small areas of wear, which may include surface impressions and spotting.

Fair: Visibly damaged with extensive wear.


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(1921-2004) was a German/American glamour photographer who captured thousands of images of the most prominent stars of the 50s and 60s.

Peter Basch was born in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Felix Basch and Grete Basch-Freund, both prominent theater and film personalities of the German-speaking world.

In 1933 the family came to New York due to fears of rising anti-Jewish sentiment and laws in Germany. The family had US citizenship because Felix's father, Arthur Basch, was a wine trader who lived in San Francisco. After moving back to Germany, Arthur Basch kept his American citizenship, and passed it to his children and, thence, to his grandchildren.

When the Basch family arrived in New York in 1933, they opened a restaurant on Central Park South in the Navarro Hotel. The restaurant, Gretel's Viennese, became a hangout for the Austrian expatriate community. Peter Basch had his first job there as a waiter. While in New York, Basch attended the De Witt Clinton High School. The family moved to Los Angeles to assist in Basch's father's career, during which time Basch went to school in England. Upon returning to the United States, Basch joined the Army. He was mobilized in the US Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit, where he worked as a script boy.

After the war, he started attending UCLA and started taking photographs of young starlets working with other photographers and film studios. His mother asked him to join her back in New York after she and his father decided that Basch should be a photographer and they obtained a photography studio for their son.

For over twenty years, Peter Basch had a successful career as a magazine photographer. He was known for his images of celebrities, artists, dancers, actors, starlets, and glamour-girls in America and Europe. His photos appeared in many major magazines such as Life, Look and Playboy.The Peter Basch Collection includes iconic images of all the major midcentury stars, from Europe and America. These masterful images are a window onto a time we cannot forget, when movie stars stepped out of the studio’s control, and we began to see these larger-than-life performers as full, three-dimensional personalities.

Basch authored and co-authored a number of books containing his photographs including:

  • Candid Photography (1958 with Peter Gowland Basch and Don Ornitz Basch)
  • Peter Basch's Glamour Photography (A Fawcett How-To Book) (1958)
  • Peter Basch photographs beauties of the world (1958)
  • Camera in Rome (1963 with Nathan and Simon Basch)
  • Peter Basch Photographs 100 Famous Beauties (1965)
  • The nude as form & figure (1966)
  • Put a Girl in Your Pocket: The Artful Camera of Peter Basch (1969)
  • Peter Basch's Guide to Figure Photography (1975 with Jack Rey)

"My Father, Peter Basch, saw. He looked and he saw. He taught me to see. He taught me to listen and hear. We used to play a game when I was little. He’d say, Michele, look at the street then look at me, what did you see? I would list the cars, red, black, navy; people, fat, tall, thin; children, parents; trees and plants. He would add the detail. A blue car with New York plates, a black car with New Jersey plates. The people were not just tall or small, thin or fat, they wore coats or sweaters, they laughed or were sad. The trees had leaves, were close together, the green was dark, vivid, the sun playing with the shadow.

My Father saw. He captured in his mind and on film the unexpected moment in time, the interaction between two people, the look, the thought, the breath that punctuated the decision.

My Father was one of the great romantics. He had a true love and appreciation of beauty in its purest form. We would talk about BEAUTY and her differences: natural, Hollywood, young, old and the beauty of communication, interaction, the Beauty of the moment. He recorded the breath in time on film: two ladies in Paris reading the paper, a Dachshund looking around the corner, a chair in front of the Eiffel Tower. My Father saw the thought and seized it for posterity.

My Father understood the language light speaks to shadow. He showed me how the sun plays with dark. His favorite moment was at Sunrise when the shadows were long and soft. He saw every hue from white to black and everything in between. He understood the language, taught and published books on Light and Shadow, Form and Figure.

I traveled through Europe with my Father. I was his assistant! And proud of it! I was the camera person! Changed the film, made sure the lens was clean, stood in during special poses, helped in the dark room, retouched to refine and perfect. I loved watching him talk and listen. He listened to Jane Fonda, Ursula Andress, Brigit Bardot, Fellini, Mastroiani and so many more. He listened and recorded the answer, the thought, that moment of indecision, realization and Seduction."

  • Anouk Aimée
  • Ursula Andress
  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Jean-Paul Belmondo
  • Candice Bergen
  • Senta Berger
  • Marlon Brando
  • Horst Buchholz
  • Maria Callas
  • Capucine
  • Claudia Cardinale
    • Joan Collins
    • Jean Cocteau
    • Salvador Dalí
    • Catherine Deneuve
    • Marlene Dietrich
    • Karin Dor
    • Françoise Dorléac
    • Anita Ekberg
    • Jane Fonda
    • James Garner
    • William Holden
    • Rock Hudson
    • Christine Kaufmann
    • Grace Kelly
    • Hildegard Knef
    • Daliah Lavi
    • Gina Lollobrigida
    • Sophia Loren
    • Antonella Lualdi
    • Silvana Mangano
    • Jayne Mansfield
    • Lee Marvin
    • Marcello Mastroianni
    • Micki Marlo
    • Marilyn Monroe
    • Jeanne Moreau
    • Michèle Morgan
    • Ruth Niehaus
    • Kim Novak
    • Uschi Obermaier
    • Gregory Peck
    • Anthony Perkins
    • Diana Ross
    • Eva Marie Saint
    • Maria Schell
    • Romy Schneider
    • Jean Seberg
    • Elke Sommer
    • Alexandra Stewart
    • Susan Strasberg
    • Sharon Tate
    • Elizabeth Taylor
    • Nadja Tiller
    • Alida Valli
    • Marie Versini
    • Monica Vitti

    Directors, other entertainment luminaries:

    Franz Antel, Michelangelo Antonioni, Felix Basch, Paul Bogart, Marlon Brando, Michael Cacoyannis, Don Chaffey, Anatoli Choukrai, Henri-Georges Clouzot

    Jean Cocteau, Michael Curtiz, Paul Czinner, Salvador Dali, Gordon Davidson, Philippe De Broca, Vittorio De Sica, Cecil B. DeMille, Bernard Deschamps

    Edward Dmytryk, Michael Douglas, Federico Fellini, Walter Felsenstein, Richard Fleischer, John Ford, John Frankenheimer, Marty Fried, Jack Garfein, Pietro Germi

    Jean-Luc Godard, Lee Grant, Horst Hächler, Ernst Häusserman, Jim Henson, Geoffrey Holder, Ken Hughes, Helmuth Käutner, Elia Kazan, Diane Keaton

    Fritz Kortner, Henry Koster, John Krish, Akira Kurosawa, Lotte Lehman, Mervyn LeRoy, Bobbie Lewis, Jerry Lewis, Harold Lloyd, Ernst Lubitsch, Sidney Lumet

    Joseph Mankiewicz, Paul Mann, Franz Marischka, Rudy Mate, Paul Newman, Tom O'Horgan, G. W. Pabst, Daniel Petrie, Erwin Piscator, Sidney Poitier, Roman Polanski

    Robert Porterfield, Otto Preminger, Alain Resnais, Jean Louis Richard, Roberto Rossellini, George Schaeffer, Oscar Fritz Schuh, Frank Silvera, George Stevens

    Lee Strasberg, Giorgio Strehler, George Tabori, J. Lee Thompson, François Truffaut, Roger Vadim, Agnès Varda, Luchino Visconti, Alfred Vohrer, Erich Von Stroheim

    Andréas Voutsinas, Andy Warhol, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Franco Zeffirelli

    Film Assignments:

    Jules et Truffaut

    Bijoutiers du Clair de Vadim

    The Vice and the Vadim

    Fearless Vampire Polanski

    Yesterday, Today and De Sica

    Une Femme Est Une Goddard

    Anne Stevens

    Guys and Mankiewicz

    Horse Ford

    Majority of Leroy

    Walk on the Wild Dmytryk

    Wild in the Spear

    The Day the Fish Came Cocayannis

    The Lumet

    La Clouzot

    La Loi Pabst

    Baby Kazan

    The 13 Most Beautiful Warhol

    The Three Bogart

    Francis of Curtiz

    The Perry


    The Man Who Had Power Over

    The Spy With The Cold




    (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American actress of Irish and German heritage 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 1950, at the age of 20, 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. She retired from acting at 26 to enter upon her duties in Monaco. She and Prince Rainier had three children: Caroline, Albert, and Stéphanie. She also retained her American roots, maintaining dual US and Monégasque citizenships. She died on September 14, 1982, two months before her 53rd birthday, when she lost control of her automobile and crashed after suffering a stroke. Her daughter Princess Stéphanie, who was in the car with her, survived the accident. In June 1999, the American Film Institute ranked her #13 in their list of top female stars of American cinema. A native of Philadelphia, Grace Kelly was born to John Brendan "Jack" Kelly (October 4, 1889–June 20, 1960), and his wife, Margaret Katherine Majer (b. Schloss Helmsdorf, Germany, December 13, 1898–January 6, 1990). The newborn was named in memory of her father's sister, who had died at a young age. She was raised Catholic by her German-Irish Democrat parents. Before her marriage, Majer studied physical education at Temple University and later became the first woman to head the Physical Education Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Jack Kelly was a local hero as a triple Olympic-gold-medal-winning sculler, and became wealthy as his construction company became the largest such enterprise on the East Coast. Registering as a Democrat, he obtained the party's nomination for mayor in the 1935 election and lost by the closest margin for any Democrat in the city's electoral history. In later years, he served on the Fairmount Park Commission and, during World War II, was appointed by President Roosevelt as National Director of Physical Fitness.

    When Grace was born, the Kellys already had two children, Margaret Katherine, known as Peggy (June 13, 1925–November 23, 1991) and John Brendan, Jr., known as Kell (May 24, 1927–May 2, 1985). Another daughter, Elizabeth Anne, known as Lizanne (June 25, 1933–November 24, 2009), was born three and a half years after Grace.

    At Margaret's baptism in 1925, Jack Kelly's mother, Mary Costello Kelly, expressed her disappointment that the baby was not named Grace in memory of her last daughter who died young. Upon his mother's death the following year, Jack Kelly resolved that his next daughter would bear the name and, three years later, with the arrival of Grace Patricia in November 1929, his late mother's wish was honored.

    Following in his father's athletic footsteps, John Jr. won in 1947 the James E. Sullivan Award as the country's top amateur athlete. Also, similar to his father's gold medals in rowing at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics, he competed in the sport at the 1948, 1952 and the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne where, on November 27, seven months after his sister's Monaco wedding, he won a bronze medal, which he gave to her as a gift of the occasion. He also served as a city councilman and Philadelphia's Kelly Drive is named for him.

    Two of Grace Kelly's uncles were prominent in the arts; her father's eldest brother, Walter C. Kelly (1873–1939), was a vaudeville star whose nationally known act, The Virginia Judge, was filmed as a 1930 MGM short and a 1935 Paramount feature, and another older brother, George Kelly (1887–1974), estranged from the family due to his homosexuality, became renowned in the 1920s as a dramatist, screenwriter and director with a hit comedy-drama, The Show Off, in 1924–25, and was awarded the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his next play, Craig's Wife.

    While attending Ravenhill Academy, a prestigious Catholic girls' school, Kelly modelled fashions at local social events with her mother and sisters. In 1942, at the age of twelve, she played a lead in Don't Feed the Animals, a play produced by the East Falls Old Academy Players. During high school, she acted and danced, graduating in May 1947 from Stevens School, a small private institution in a mansion on Walnut Lane in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood of Germantown. Her graduation yearbook listed her favorite actress as Ingrid Bergman and her favorite actor as Joseph Cotten. Written in the "Stevens' Prophecy" section was, “Miss Grace P. Kelly - a famous star of stage and screen.”

    Because of low mathematics scores, Kelly was rejected by Bennington College in July 1947. To the dismay of her parents—despite his brothers' occupations, her father viewed acting as "a slim cut above streetwalker"—Kelly decided to pursue her dreams of a career in the theater. For an audition into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York she used a scene from her uncle's 1923 play The Torch-Bearers. Although the school had already selected its semester quota, Kelly obtained an interview with the school's admission officer, Emile Diestel, and was admitted due to her uncle George. Living in Manhattan's Barbizon Hotel for Women, a prestigious establishment which barred men from entering after 10 p.m., and working as a model to support her studies, Kelly began her first term the following October. A diligent student, she would use a tape recorder to practise and perfect her speech. Her early acting pursuits led her to the stage, most notably a Broadway debut in Strindberg’s The Father alongside Raymond Massey. At 19, her graduation performance was as Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story.

    Television producer Delbert Mann cast Kelly as Bethel Merriday, an adaptation of the Sinclair Lewis novel of the same name, in her first of nearly sixty live television programs. Success on television eventually brought her a role in a major motion picture. Kelly made her film debut in a small role in the 1951 film Fourteen Hours. She was noticed during a visit to the set by Gary Cooper, who subsequently starred with her in High Noon. Cooper was charmed by Kelly and said that she was "different from all these actresses we've been seeing so much of." However, her performance in Fourteen Hours was not noticed by critics, and did not lead to her receiving other film acting roles. She continued her work in the theater and on television, although she lacked "vocal horsepower" and would likely not have had a lengthy stage career. Kelly was performing in Colorado’s Elitch Gardens when she received a telegram from Hollywood producer Stanley Kramer, offering her a co-starring role opposite Gary Cooper in High Noon.

    Kelly's role as Linda Nordley in MGM's production of Mogambo garnered her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Although High Noon increased Kelly's prominence in Hollywood, director John Ford noticed her by seeing a 1950 screen test which showed, he said, that Kelly had "breeding, quality and class". Gene Tierney was initially cast in the role, but due to emotional problems dropped out at the last minute, and the studio flew Kelly to Los Angeles to audition in September 1952. She won the role, along with a 7-year contract at the relatively low salary of $850 a week. Kelly signed the deal under two conditions: First that, one out of every two years, she have time off to work in the theater and second, that she be able to live in New York City, at the now-landmarked Manhattan House, at 200 E. 66th Street. Just two months later, in November, the cast arrived in Nairobi to begin production. She later told Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper, "Mogambo had three things that interested me. John Ford, Clark Gable, and a trip to Africa with expenses paid. If Mogambo had been made in Arizona, I wouldn't have done it." The filming timetable afforded her opportunity to indulge in types of activities that undoubtably would not have been broadcast to the likes of Hedda Hopper or her reading public. Kelly and Mogambo co-star Ava Gardner enjoyed a break in the production schedule to journey to Rome and spent time there "brothel-hopping."

    After the success of Mogambo, Kelly starred in a TV play The Way of an Eagle, with Jean-Pierre Aumont before being cast in the film adaptation of Frederick Knott's Broadway hit Dial M for Murder. Director Alfred Hitchcock also saw the 1950 screen test[2] and would become one of Kelly's last mentors. He took full advantage of Kelly's virginal beauty on-camera. In a scene in which her character Margot Wendice is nearly murdered, a struggle breaks out between her and her would-be-killer Tony Dawson as she kicks her legs and flails her arms attempting to fight off her killer. Dial M for Murder opened in theaters in May 1954 to both positive reviews and box-office triumph.

    Kelly began filming scenes for her next film, The Bridges at Toko-Ri, in January 1954 with William Holden. The role of Nancy, the wife of naval officer Harry (Holden), proved to be a minor but pivotal part of the story. Released in January 1955, The New Yorker wrote of Kelly and Holden's unbridled on-screen chemistry, taking note of Kelly's performance of the part "with quiet confidence."

    In committing to the role of Lisa Fremont in Rear Window, Kelly unhesitatingly turned down the opportunity to star alongside Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, which won her replacement, Eva Marie Saint, an Academy Award. "All through the making of Dial M for Murder, he [Hitchcock] sat and talked to me about Rear Window all the time, even before we had discussed my being in it." Much like the shooting of Dial M for Murder, Kelly and Hitchcock shared a close bond of humor and admiration. Sometimes, however, minor strife would emerge on set concerning the wardrobe:

    At the rehearsal for the scene in Rear Window when I wore a sheer nightgown, Hitchcock called for Edith Head. He came over here and said, 'Look, the bosom is not right, we're going to have to put something in there.' He was very sweet about it; he didn't want to upset me, so he spoke quietly to Edith. When we went into my dressing room and Edith said, 'Mr. Hitchcock is worried because there's a false pleat here. He wants me to put in falsies.' Well, I said, 'You can't put falsies in this, it's going to show and I'm not going to wear them.' And she said, 'What are we going to do?' So we quickly took it up here, made some adjustments there, and I just did what I could and stood as straight as possible - without falsies. When I walked out onto the set Hitchcock looked at me and at Edith and said, 'See what a difference they make?'

    Kelly's new co-star, James Stewart, was highly enthusiastic about working with her. The role of Lisa Fremont, a wealthy Manhattan socialite and model, was unlike any of the previous women which she had played. For the very first time, she was an independent career woman. Stewart played a speculative photographer with a broken leg, bound to a wheelchair and so reduced to curiously observing the happenings outside his window. Kelly is not seen until twenty-two minutes into the movie. Just as he had done earlier, Hitchcock provided the camera with a slow-sequenced silhouette of Kelly, along with a close-up of the two stars kissing and finally lingering closely on her profile. With the film's opening in October 1954, Kelly was again praised. Variety's film critic remarked on the casting, commenting about the "earthy quality to the relationship between Stewart and Miss Kelly. Both do a fine job of the picture's acting demands."

    Kelly won the role of Bing Crosby's long-suffering wife, Georgie Elgin, in The Country Girl, after a pregnant Jennifer Jones bowed out. Already familiar with the play, Kelly was desperate for the part. This meant that, to MGM's dismay, she would have to be loaned out to Paramount. Kelly threatened the studio that she would pack her bags and leave for New York for good. The vanquished studio caved in, and the part was hers.

    The film also paired Kelly again with William Holden. The wife of a washed-up alcoholic singer, played by Crosby, Kelly's character is emotionally torn between two lovers. Holden willfully begs Kelly to leave her husband and be with him. A piece of frail tenderness manages to cloak itself inside of her, even after having been demonized by Crosby, describing "a pathetic hint of frailty in a wonderful glowing man. That appeals a lot to us. It did to me. I was so young. His weaknesses seemed touching and sweet, they made me love him more."

    As a result of her performance in The Country Girl, Kelly was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her main competitor for the prize was Judy Garland's much heralded comeback performance in A Star Is Born; playing not only the part of an up and coming actress-singer, but also ironically, the wife of an alcoholic movie star. Although Kelly won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best actress for her performances in her three big movie roles of 1954 (Rear Window, Dial M For Murder, and The Country Girl), she and Garland both received Golden Globe Awards for their respective performances.

    By the following March, the race between Kelly and Garland for the Oscar was very close. On the night of the Academy Awards telecast, March 30, 1955, Garland was unable to attend because she was in the hospital having just given birth to her son, Joseph Luft. However, she was rumored to be the odds-on favorite, and NBC Television cameras were set up in her hospital room so that if she was announced as the winner, Garland could make her acceptance speech live from her hospital bed. However, when William Holden announced Kelly as the winner, the technicians immediately dismantled the cameras without saying one word to Garland. Garland was reported not to have been very gracious about Kelly's win, saying in later years, "I didn't appreciate Grace Kelly taking off her makeup and walking away with my Oscar."

    In April 1954, Kelly flew to Colombia for a 10-day shoot on her next project, Green Fire, with Stewart Granger. Kelly plays Catherine Knowland, a coffee plantation owner. In Granger's autobiography he writes of his distaste for the film's script, while Kelly later confided to Hedda Hopper, "It wasn't pleasant. We worked at a pathetic village - miserable huts and dirty. Part of the crew got shipwrecked ... It was awful." Green Fire was a critical and box-office failure.

    After the back-to-back filming of Rear Window, Toko-Ri, Country Girl and Green Fire, Kelly flew to France, along with department store heir Bernard "Barney" Strauss, to begin work on her third and last film for Alfred Hitchcock, To Catch a Thief. Kelly and her co-star, Cary Grant, developed a mutual admiration. The two cherished their time together for the rest of their lives. Years later, when asked to name his all-time favorite actress, Grant replied without hesitation: "Well, with all due respect to dear Ingrid Bergman, I much preferred Grace. She had serenity." The fireworks scene has been the subject of much commentary, as Hitchcock subliminally peppers an undertone of sexual innuendo during the sequence.

    Kelly headed the US delegation at the Cannes Film Festival in April 1955. While there, she was invited to participate in a photo session at the Palace of Monaco with Prince Rainier III, the sovereign of the principality. After a series of delays and complications, Kelly met the prince in Monaco.

    Upon returning to America, Kelly began work on The Swan, in which she coincidentally portrayed a princess. Meanwhile, she was privately beginning a correspondence with Rainier. In December, Rainier came to America on a trip officially designated as a tour, although it was speculated that Rainier was actively seeking a wife. A 1918 treaty with France stated that if Rainier did not produce an heir, Monaco would revert to France as a result of the Monaco Succession Crisis of 1918. At a press conference in the United States, Rainier was asked if he was pursuing a wife, to which he answered, "No." A second question was posed, asking, "If you were pursuing a wife, what kind would you like?" Rainier smiled and answered, "I don't know — the best." Rainier met Kelly and her family, and after three days, the prince proposed. Kelly accepted and the families began preparing for what the press called "The Wedding of the Century." Kelly and her family had to provide Prince Rainier with dowry of $2,000,000 USD in order for the marriage to go ahead. The religious wedding was set for April 19, 1956. News of the engagement was a sensation even though it meant the possible end to Kelly's film career. Industry professionals realized that it would have been impractical for her to continue acting and wished her well, and Kelly was uninterested in remaining an actress as she aged. Alfred Hitchcock had quipped that he was "very happy that Grace has found herself such a good part."

    Preparations for the wedding were elaborate. The Palace of Monaco was painted and redecorated throughout. On April 4, 1956, leaving from Pier 84 in New York Harbor, Kelly, with her family, bridesmaids, poodle, and over eighty pieces of luggage boarded the ocean liner SS Constitution for the French Riviera. Some 400 reporters applied to sail, though most were turned away. Thousands of fans sent the party off for the eight-day voyage. In Monaco, more than 20,000 people lined the streets to greet the future princess consort.

    That same year, MGM released Kelly's last film, the musical comedy High Society (based on the studio's 1940 comedy Philadelphia Story). One highlight of the film was Kelly's duet with Bing Crosby, singing "True Love," with words and music by Cole Porter.

    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 bridesmaid's gowns were designed by Joe Allen Hong at Neiman Marcus after Lawrence Marcus visited Monaco. 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.

    As Princess of Monaco, she founded AMADE Mondiale, a Monaco-based non-profit organization eventually recognized by the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization. According to UNESCO's website, AMADE promotes and protects the "moral and physical integrity" and "spiritual well-being of children throughout the world, without distinction of race, nationality or religion and in a spirit of complete political independence." Her daughter Princess Caroline carries the torch for AMADE today in her role as President.

    Princess Grace gave birth to the couple's first child, Princess Caroline, nine months and four days after the wedding. Twenty-one guns announced the event, a national holiday was called, gambling ceased, and free champagne flowed throughout the principality. A little over a year later, 101 guns announced the birth of their second child, Prince Albert. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace had three children:

    • Caroline Louise Marguerite, Princess of Hanover, born January 23, 1957, and now heiress presumptive to the throne of Monaco
    • Albert II, Prince of Monaco, born March 14, 1958, current ruler of the Principality of Monaco
    • Princess Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth, born February 1, 1965.

    After the wedding, Prince Rainier banned the screening of Kelly's films. Hitchcock offered Kelly the lead in his film Marnie in 1962. She was eager, but public outcry in Monaco against her involvement in a film that portrayed her as a kleptomaniac made her reconsider and ultimately reject the project. Director Herbert Ross attempted to lure Princess Grace for his 1977 film The Turning Point, but Prince Rainier quashed the idea. Later that year, Kelly returned to the arts in a series of poetry readings on stage and the narration of the documentary The Children of Theater Street. She also narrated ABC's made-for-television film The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966).

    As princess, Kelly was active in improving the arts institutions of Monaco, and eventually the Princess Grace Foundation was formed to support local artisans. She was one of the first celebrities to support and speak on behalf of La Leche League, an organization that advocates breastfeeding; she planned a yearly Christmas party for local orphans, and dedicated a Garden Club that reflected her love of flowers.

    Kelly was also a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1960.

    In 1981, the Prince and Princess celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

    Kelly was the object of the tabloids and gossip throughout her life. Her love life was a particular focus of speculation. Stories of affairs circulated from her first major role in motion pictures and eventually included the names of almost every major actor at the time. It is likely that many of the stories are exaggerated, although she had an affair with William Holden, and possibly with Clark Gable.

    During the making of Dial M for Murder, her co-star Ray Milland probably seduced her. Milland was 22 years older than she. Milland was married to Muriel Milland for thirty years, and the couple had a son. Milland assured Kelly that he had left his wife, which she would later find out to have been a lie. Muriel Milland was one of the most popular wives in Hollywood and had the support of many friends, including gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. After Muriel Milland found out about the alleged affair, Kelly was branded a homewrecker. After Kelly gave a press interview explaining her side of the story the town seemed to lose interest in the scandal. It was never proven that Kelly actually succumbed to Milland's advances; in fact, her friends at the time, such as Rita Gam, believed she had little interest in him.

    Russian fashion designer Oleg Cassini, having just seen Mogambo earlier that evening, encountered Grace Kelly having dinner at Le Veau d'Or. Formerly married to actress Gene Tierney, the original choice to play Mogambo's Linda Nordley, Cassini was raised in Florence and had a cultured air with an abundance of charm and courtliness. He became just as captivated by Kelly in person as he had been while watching her in the film and soon piqued her curiosity by sending her a daily bouquet of red roses. His persistence paid off when she accepted his invitation to lunch, with the provision that her eldest sister, Peggy, join them. Although Kelly and Cassini almost married, their relationship ended with her parents' refusal to accept a divorced non-Catholic as a future son-in-law.

    When she was a princess, Prince Rainier laid down a list of strict rules when it came to the encounters with the Princess at the palace, which included, no autographs, no photographs, no audio recording devices, and nobody was allowed to leave the room for anything, unless, and until, the Princess left the room first, so that she would avoid being trapped by a mob of fans. This observation was reported in 1963. Whether either had extramarital affairs is unclear, but the couple had become closer before Kelly's death.

    In a 1960s interview, Kelly explained how she had grown to accept the scrutiny as a part of being in the public eye, but expressed concern for her children’s exposure to such relentless scandalmongering. After her death, celebrity biographers chronicled the rumors with renewed enthusiasm.

    In 1951, the newly famous Kelly took a bold stand against a racist incident involving Black American expatriate singer/dancer Josephine Baker, when Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club in New York refused Baker as a customer. Kelly, who was dining at the club when this happened, was so disgusted that she rushed over to Baker (whom she had never met), took her by the arm, and stormed out with her entire party, vowing never to return (and she never did). The two women became close friends after that night. A significant testament to their close friendship was made evident when Baker was near bankruptcy, and was offered a villa and financial assistance by Kelly (who by that time had become The Princess of Monaco) and her husband Rainier III of Monaco. The princess also encouraged Baker to return to performing and financed Baker's triumphant comeback in 1975, attending the opening night's performance. When Baker died, the Princess secured her burial in Monaco.

    On September 13, 1982, while driving with her daughter Stéphanie to Monaco from their country home on the French side of the border, Princess Grace suffered a stroke, which caused her to drive her Rover P6 off the serpentine road down a mountainside. The accident site is located at 43°43′35′N 7°24′10′E. Grace was pulled alive from the wreckage, but had suffered serious injuries and was unconscious. She died the following day at the Monaco Hospital (renamed Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace — "The Princess Grace Hospital Centre" in English—in 1985), having never regained consciousness. It was initially reported that Princess Stéphanie suffered only minor bruising, although it later emerged that she had suffered a serious cervical fracture.

    Grace was buried in the Grimaldi family vault on September 18, 1982, after a requiem mass in Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco. The 400 guests at the service included representatives of foreign governments and of present and past European royal houses. Diana, Princess of Wales represented the British royal family. Cary Grant was among the members of the film community in attendance. Nearly 100 million people worldwide watched her funeral. Prince Rainier, who did not remarry, was buried alongside her following his death in 2005.

    The Princess Grace Foundation, Monaco was founded in 1964 with the aim of helping those with special needs for whom no provision was made within the ordinary social services. In 1983, following Princess Grace's death, Caroline, Princess of Hanover assumed the duties of President of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. Albert II, Prince of Monaco is Vice-President.

    The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) was established following the death of Princess Grace of Monaco to continue the work that she had done, anonymously, during her lifetime, assisting emerging theater, dance and film artists in America. Incorporated in 1982, PGF-USA is headquartered in New York and is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, publicly supported organization. The Princess Grace Awards, a program of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, has awarded nearly 500 artists at more than 100 institutions in the U.S. with more than $7 million to date. The Princess Grace Foundation-USA also holds the exclusive rights to, and facilitates the licensing of, Princess Grace of Monaco's name and likeness throughout the world. Princess Grace Foundation-USA

    On June 18, 1984, Prince Rainier inaugurated a public rose garden in Monaco in Princess Grace's memory because of her passion for the flower.

    In 1993, Princess Grace became the first U.S. actress to appear on a U.S. postage stamp.

    In 2003, 83 years after Olympic Gold Medalist John Kelly, Sr. was refused entry to the most prestigious rowing event in the world, the Henley Royal Regatta renamed the Women's Quadruple Sculls after his daughter, "Princess Grace Challenge Cup". Princess Grace was invited to present the prizes at the Henley Royal Regatta in 1981 as a peace offering by the Henley Stewards to put a long conflict (61 years) between the Kelly family and Stewards to rest. Her brother, John Kelly, Jr., won the Diamond Sculls at Henley in 1947 and 1949 as well as a Bronze Medal in the single sculls at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. In 2004 her son, Prince Albert, presented the prizes at the Henley Royal Regatta.

    On April 1, 2006, The Philadelphia Museum of Art presented an exhibition entitled, Fit for a Princess: Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress, that ran through May 21, 2006. The exhibition was in honor of the 50th anniversary of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier's wedding.

    To commemorate the 25th anniversary of her death €2 commemorative coins were issued on July 1, 2007 with the "national" side bearing the image of Princess Grace. In Monaco (at the Grimaldi Forum) and the United States (at Sotheby's) a large Princess Grace exhibition, coordinated by the Princely Family, called "Grace, Princess of Monaco: A Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Grace Kelly", celebrated her life and her contribution to the arts through her Foundation.

    In October 2009, a plaque was placed on the "Rodeo Drive Walk of Style" in recognition of Princess Grace's contributions to style and fashion.

    In November 2009, to commemorate what would have been her 80th birthday TCM named her as star of the month which saw Prince Albert II pay a special tribute to his mother.

    Titles held by the Princess of Monaco, in chronological order:

    • Miss Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 - April 18, 1956)
    • Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco (April 18, 1956 - September 14, 1982)

    Princess Grace's official style and title was: Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, Duchess of Valentinois, Marchioness of Baux, Countess of Carlades, Baroness of Saint-Lô, 101 times Dame.

    Screen credits Filmography







    Fourteen Hours

    Louise Ann Fuller

    Henry Hathaway

    Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes


    High Noon

    Amy Fowler Kane

    Fred Zinnemann

    Gary Cooper, Katy Jurado, Lloyd Bridges, Thomas Mitchell



    Linda Nordley

    John Ford

    Clark Gable, Ava Gardner


    Dial M for Murder

    Margot Mary Wendice

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Ray Milland, Robert Cummings, John Williams

    Rear Window

    Lisa Carol Fremont

    Alfred Hitchcock

    James Stewart, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr

    The Country Girl

    Georgie Elgin

    George Seaton

    Bing Crosby, William Holden

    Green Fire

    Catherine Knowland

    Andrew Marton

    Stewart Granger

    The Bridges at Toko-Ri

    Nancy Brubaker

    Mark Robson

    William Holden, Fredric March, Mickey Rooney, Earl Holliman


    To Catch a Thief

    Frances Stevens

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Cary Grant


    The Swan

    Princess Alexandra

    Charles Vidor

    Alec Guinness, Louis Jourdan

    High Society

    Tracy Samantha Lord

    Charles Walters

    Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm

    Television appearances and filmography


    TV series and network

    Date of broadcast and episode title

    Episode sequence

    Cast, writer, director and explanatory notes


    Kraft Television Theatre

    November 3, 1948:
    "Old Lady Robbins"

    season 2 episode 7

    Ethel Owen, Grace Kelly


    The Philco Television Playhouse

    January 8, 1950:
    "Bethel Merriday"

    season 2 episode 19

    Grace Kelly as Bethel Merriday, Oliver Thorndike, Warren Stevens, Katherine Meskill, Mary Patton, Frank Stephens, Mary K. Wells
    from novel by Sinclair Lewis
    directed by Delbert Mann

    Ripley's Believe It or Not

    January 11, 1950:
    "The Voice of Obsession"

    season 2 episode 2

    John Hudson, Hildy Parks, Grace Kelly

    Westinghouse Studio One

    January 23, 1950:
    "The Rockingham Tea Set"

    season 2 episode 20

    Starring Louise Allbritton as Celia Arden; Featuring Catherine Willard as Mrs. Arden, Judson Laire as Dr. Waller, Katherine Emmet as Mrs. Gregory; Introducing Grace Kelly as Sara Mappin, Richard McMurray as David Barr; Other players Cecil Scott and Nell Harrison
    —————by Virginia Douglas Dawson
    adapted by Worthington Miner and Matthew E. Harlib
    directed by Franklin Schaffner

    The Philco Television Playhouse

    February 12, 1950:
    "Ann Rutledge"

    season 2 episode 24

    Grace Kelly as Ann Rutledge, Stephen Courtleigh as Abraham Lincoln

    Actors Studio

    March 3, 1950:
    "The Apple Tree"

    season 2 episode 22

    John Merivale, Patricia Kirkland, Grace Kelly
    host: Marc Connelly

    Cads, Scoundrels and Ladies

    April 25, 1950:
    "The Lovesick Robber"

    drama special

    one-time hour-long live presentation replacing The Original Amateur Hour
    Grace Kelly appears in "The Lovesick Robber", one of the comedy-drama one-act plays

    The Play's the Thing

    May 26, 1950:
    "The Token"

    season 1 episode 7

    Mark Roberts, Grace Kelly
    host: Marc Connelly

    The Play's the Thing

    June 9, 1950:
    "The Swan"

    season 1 episode 8

    Grace Kelly as Princess Alexandra [the role she will play again in the 1956 film], George Keane as Nicholas Agi, Alfred Ryder as Prince Albert, Jane Hoffman as Princess Beatrix, Leopoldine Konstantin as Queen Maria Dominika, Dennis Hoey as Father Hyacinth
    from play by Ferenc Molnár
    host: Marc Connelly; directed by David Pressman

    Comedy Theater

    July 9, 1950:
    "Summer Had Better Be Good"

    season 1 episode 1

    Grace Kelly
    —————by Ruth McKenney

    Lights Out

    July 17, 1950: "The Devil to Pay"

    season 2 episode 45

    Jonathan Harris, Grace Kelly, Theodore Marcuse
    directed by William Corrigan

    Big Town

    October 5, 1950: "The Pay-Off"

    season 1 episode 1

    Patrick McVey, Mary K. Wells, Grace Kelly
    directed by David Lowell Rich

    The Clock

    October 20, 1950:

    season 2 episode 4

    Torin Thatcher, Grace Kelly
    from novella by Balzac
    directed by Grey Lockwood

    The Web

    November 1, 1950: "Mirror of Delusion"

    season 1 episode 18

    Hugh Franklin, Anna Lee, Grace Kelly, Mary Stuart
    host: Jonathan Blake

    Somerset Maugham TV Theatre

    November 15, 1950

    season 1 episode 5

    Leo Penn, Grace Kelly
    from story by W. Somerset Maugham
    host: W. Somerset Maugham


    December 19, 1950:
    "The Sergeant and the Doll"

    season 1 episode 13

    Laura Weber, Grace Kelly, James Westerfield
    host: Richard Stark

    The Philco Television Playhouse

    December 31, 1950:
    "Leaf Out of a Book"

    season 3 episode 17

    Vicki Cummings, Lauren Gilbert, Grace Kelly, Claudia Morgan [restaged, again on NBC, with most of the same cast, on Goodyear Television Playhouse, broadcast July 6, 1952]


    The Prudential Family Playhouse

    February 13, 1951:
    "Berkeley Square"

    season 1 episode 10

    Richard Greene as Peter Standish, Grace Kelly as Helen Pettigrew, Rosalind Ivan as Lady Ann Pettigrew, Mary Scott as Kate Pettigrew
    from play by John L. Balderston

    Nash Airflyte Theater

    February 22, 1951:
    "A Kiss for Mr. Lincoln"

    season 1 episode 23

    Richard Greene, Grace Kelly, Bruce Gordon, Sarah Cunningham, Sarah Floyd
    host: William Gaxton
    directed by David Pressman

    Fourteen Hours

    first screening:
    March 6, 1951

    first feature film

    Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Debra Paget, Agnes Moorehead, Robert Keith, Howard Da Silva, Jeffrey Hunter, Martin Gabel, Grace Kelly
    directed by Henry Hathaway

    Armstrong Circle Theatre

    June 5, 1951:
    "Lover's Leap"

    season 1 episode 53

    Leslie Nielsen, Grace Kelly, Don Murphy, Alan Abel, Larry Buchanan, Michael Keith, Charles Mendick

    Armstrong Circle Theatre

    November 27, 1951: "Brand from the Burning"

    season 2 episode 11

    Thomas Coley, Grace Kelly
    host: Nelson Case

    The Philco Television Playhouse

    December 30, 1951: "The Sisters"

    season 4 episode 6

    Leslie Nielsen, Grace Kelly, Dorothy Peterson, Natalie Schafer
    —————by Robert Alan Aurthur
    directed by Gordon Duff


    CBS Television Workshop

    January 13, 1952:
    "Don Quixote"

    season 1 episode 4

    Boris Karloff as Don Quixote, Jimmy Savo as Sancho Panza, Grace Kelly as Dulcinea
    from the Cervantes classic
    directed by Sidney Lumet

    Hallmark Television Playhouse

    January 20, 1952:
    "The Big Build Up"

    season 1 episode 4

    Grace Kelly as Claire, Richard Derr, Vinton Hayworth, Parker McCormick, Harry Mehaffey, Elinor Randel
    from novel by Michael Foster
    host: Sarah Churchill; directed by William Corrigan


    February 5, 1952:
    "Prelude to Death"

    season 2 episode 21

    Grace Kelly, Carmen Mathews
    host: Richard Stark

    The Philco Television Playhouse

    February 10, 1952:
    "Rich Boy"

    season 4 episode 9

    Gene Lyons as Anson Hunter, Grace Kelly as Paula Legendre, Phyllis Kirk as Dolly Karger, Kathleen Comegys as Aunt Edna, Mary Jackson, Henry Hart, Robert McQueeney, Tom Pedi, Geoffrey Lumb, David White, Eric Sinclair
    by Walter Bernstein from short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald; directed by Delbert Mann

    Lux Video Theatre

    February 18, 1952:
    "Life, Liberty and Orrin Dudley"

    season 2 episode 26

    Jackie Cooper as Orrin Dudley, Grace Kelly as Beth
    by John Whedon
    directed by Richard Goode

    Lights Out

    March 17, 1952:
    "The Borgia Lamp"

    season 4 episode 30

    Robert Sterling, Grace Kelly, Hugh Griffith

    Robert Montgomery Presents

    June 2, 1952:
    "Candles for Theresa"

    season 3 episode 31

    Robert Sterling, Grace Kelly
    host: Robert Montgomery

    Kraft Television Theatre

    June 11, 1952: "The Cricket on the Hearth"

    season 5 episode 40

    Russell Hardie as Edward Plummer, Grace Kelly as May Fielding
    of the Dickens classic


    Tuesday, July 1, 1952, 9:30–10pm:
    "Fifty Beautiful Girls"

    season 4 episode 41

    Joseph Anthony, Grace Kelly, Rusty Lane, Robert Keith, Jr.; host: Rex Marshall
    [since this episode and the one below were both broadcast live, research has not yet determined how Grace Kelly could have simultaneously performed in both productions]

    Armstrong Circle Theatre

    Tuesday, July 1, 1952, 9:30–10pm:
    "City Editor"

    season 2 episode 41

    Louise Allbritton, Shepperd Strudwick, Grace Kelly
    host: Joe Ripley
    [since this episode was apparently broadcast simultaneously with the one above, it is inexplicable how Grace Kelly could have appeared on both]

    Goodyear Television Playhouse

    July 6, 1952:
    "Leaf Out of a Book"

    season 1 episode 20

    Lauren Gilbert, Grace Kelly, Claudia Morgan
    [restaged production, again on NBC, with most of the same cast, of December 31, 1950 episode of Philco Television Playhouse]

    High Noon
    (Stanley Kramer Productions)

    first screening:
    July 7, 1952

    second feature film

    Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly
    directed by Fred Zinnemann

    Kraft Television Theatre

    August 29, 1952:
    "The Small Hours"

    season 5 episode 49

    Lauren Gilbert as Henry Mitchell, Katherine Meskill as Laura Mitchell, Grace Kelly as Dorothy Mitchell
    from play by George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath

    Armstrong Circle Theatre

    September 2, 1952:

    season 2 episode 48

    Darren McGavin, Grace Kelly, Barbara Baxley
    host: Joe Ripley
    directed by Garry Simpson

    Westinghouse Studio One

    September 22, 1952:
    "The Kill"

    season 5 episode 1

    Starring Dick Foran as Jeff, Nina Foch as Carrie, Grace Kelly as Freda, Paul Langton as Marsh, Harry Townes as Dave, Don Hanmer as Al, Carl Frank as Link, George Mitchell as Abner, Joe Maross as Nebro, Alan Devitt as Cap Manny, Frank Marth as Bub, James Coots as Sheriff, Arthur Junaleska as Billy, Lynn Loring as Carol
    on The Mountains Have No Shadow by Owen Cameron; written for television by Reginald Rose; directed by Franklin Schaffner

    Lux Video Theatre

    September 29, 1952: "A Message for Janice"

    season 3 episode 6

    Jackie Cooper, Grace Kelly as Janice, George Hall
    —————by S. H. Barnett from story by Walter C. Brown
    directed by Richard Goode


    Lux Video Theatre

    May 14, 1953: "The Betrayer"

    season 3 episode 37

    Robert Preston, Grace Kelly as Meg
    by Charles L. Emmons
    directed by Fielder Cook

    The Philco Television Playhouse

    June 7, 1953:
    "The Way of the Eagle"

    season 5 episode 24

    Jean-Pierre Aumont, Grace Kelly

    Kraft Television Theatre

    June 17, 1953:
    "Boy of Mine"

    season 6 episode 37

    Henry Jones, Grace Kelly, Martin Newman


    first screening:
    October 9, 1953

    third feature film

    Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly
    directed by John Ford

    Toast of the Town

    October 18, 1953

    season 7 episode 6

    nine days after release of Mogambo, Grace Kelly performed on America's top-rated star-driven variety program; in other segments: David Wayne, Ralph Meeker, John Forsythe; host: Ed Sullivan


    Kraft Television Theatre

    January 6, 1954:
    "The Thankful Heart"

    season 7 episode 19

    Florenz Ames, John Stephen
    [nearly seven months after appearing in her previous live TV drama (on the same anthology series) and, on the brink of movie stardom, with full schedule of film starring roles, Grace Kelly here gives her final performance for the Golden Age of Television]

    26th Academy Awards

    March 25, 1954

    second televised Academy Awards

    host in Hollywood: Donald O'Connor
    host in New York: Fredric March
    Grace Kelly as presenter and also nominee for Best Supporting Actress in Mogambo

    The Country Girl

    first screening:
    May 17, 1954

    fourth feature film

    Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden
    directed by George Seaton

    Dial M for Murder

    first screening:
    May 29, 1954

    fifth feature film

    Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings
    directed by Alfred Hitchcock

    Rear Window

    first screening:
    August 1, 1954

    sixth feature film

    James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
    directed by Alfred Hitchcock

    Miss America Pageant

    September 11, 1954

    first Miss America Pageant televised

    host for the pageant: Bob Russell
    commentator for ABC network: John Daly
    co-host for ABC network: Bess Myerson
    Grace Kelly as one of the judges

    The Bridges at Toko-Ri

    Los Angeles preview:
    September 25, 1954

    seventh feature film

    William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March
    directed by Mark Robson

    Green Fire

    first screening:
    December 24, 1954

    eighth feature film

    Stewart Granger, Grace Kelly, Paul Douglas
    directed by Andrew Marton


    Toast of the Town

    January 9, 1955:

    season 8 episode 18

    Grace Kelly's second performance on the top-rated variety program; in other segments: José Greco, Forrest Tucker, Guy Mitchell, James Michener, The Shipstad & Johnson Ice Follies with Werner Groebli, The U.S.O. Hollywood Troupe, The Kermond Brothers, Richard Dwyer, Marie Crimmins; host: Ed Sullivan

    27th Academy Awards

    March 30, 1955

    third televised Academy Awards

    host in Hollywood: Bob Hope
    host in New York: Thelma Ritter
    Grace Kelly as presenter and also nominee (and eventual winner) for Best Actress in The Country Girl

    To Catch a Thief

    first screening:
    August 3, 1955

    ninth feature film

    Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis
    directed by Alfred Hitchcock


    28th Academy Awards

    March 21, 1956

    fourth televised Academy Awards

    host in Hollywood: Jerry Lewis
    co-hosts in Hollywood: Claudette Colbert and Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Grace Kelly as presenter

    The Swan

    first screening:
    April 26, 1956

    tenth feature film

    Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Louis Jourdan
    directed by Charles Vidor

    Wedding in Monaco

    first screening:
    May 17, 1956

    short film

    31-minute widescreen filmed record of the wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier
    directed by Jean Masson

    High Society

    first screening:
    July 17, 1956

    eleventh feature film

    Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra
    directed by Charles Walters

    The Perry Como Show

    September 15, 1956

    season 7 episode 6

    live musical variety program features a segment filmed in the Monaco Royal Palace with Princess Grace and Prince Rainier; in other segments: Irene Dunne, Sal Mineo; host: Perry Como


    The Ed Sullivan Show

    July 6, 1958

    season 11 episode 41

    third appearance of Grace Kelly, now Princess Grace, on the top-rated variety program, which was officially titled Toast of the Town until September 11, 1955; the live show presents a segment filmed in Monaco in which Princess Grace and Prince Rainier describe the two years of their marriage, mention 4-month-old Prince Albert and introduce 18-month-old Princess Caroline; in other segments: William Bendix, Carol Burnett, Esther Williams, Harold Lloyd and Duke Lloyd, Sally Blair, Professor Backwards, The Kirby Stone Four, Robert Q. Lewis, The Moridor Trio, Jumpin Joe Monahan, Wilbert Clark, Joe Cook, Jr., Jacqueline Dubeiffe, Elaine Herndon; host: Ed Sullivan

    • "True Love" (from High Society, duet with Bing Crosby, 1956)
    • L'Oiseau du Nord et L'Oiseau du Soleil, in French and in English (1978)
    • Birds, Beasts & Flowers: A Programme of Poetry, Prose and Music (1980)

    (courtesy of wikipedia)

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