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Grace Patricia Kelly was born on 12 November 1929, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Daughter Brendan John ‘Jack’ Kelly and his wife, Margaret, Catherine Mayer, named in memory of her father’s sister, who died at a young age. Grace raised by the canons of the Roman Catholic Church. In her pedigree were the Germans and the Irish.
The family lived in the house at 3901 Henry Avenue near the East Falls. Before marrying Margaret Meyer studied physical education at Temple University and later became the first woman to head the Department of Physical Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Jack Kelly was a local hero, who won three gold medals in rowing at the Olympics. Due to the construction business, Jack became a wealthy industrialist on the East Coast. After losing the election for mayor in 1935, in later years, Grace’s father was in the Fairmount Park Commission, and during World War II was appointed national director of physical training from President Roosevelt.
When Grace was born in her family already had two children, Margaret, Catherine, known as Peggy, Brendan and John Jr., Known as the Kell. After three and a half years after the birth of the future princess, 25 June 1933, was born her sister Elizabeth Ann, known as Layzenn.
At baptism Margaret in 1925 Jack’s mother, Mary Kelly Costello, expressed its regret that the child is not named in the memory of her last daughter, who died too early. The following year, after the death of Jack’s mother, it was decided that the next daughter will be named Patricia Grace. Margaret and Jack three years remained faithful to their decision.
In general, the entire family of Kelly lived in a posh mansion, and from an early age Grace could go into high society. But she dreamed of the success of another, different from the one that was offered to her parents. While studying at the prestigious Catholic religious school for girls called Ravenhill Academy, Kelly is six years for the first time came on the scene. The little girl was playing the Virgin Mary in the Christmas theatrical production.
In 1942 she took the lead role in the play ‘Do not feed the animals. ” Grace continued to dance and play in the private Stephens School, from which she graduated in May of 1947. Her favorite actress was Ingrid Bergman and actor – Joseph Cotton. After moving to New York, Kelly, studying acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, combine study with work model.
Numerous tests in various plays turned around for her shots in advertising, while in 1949 it did not manage to break into the coveted Broadway. She played in the play by August Strindberg ‘Father’ with Raymond Massey, and then from 1950 to 1952-th often starred in the TV show. In 1951, the actress was invited to shoot the thriller ‘Fourteen Hours’. Total in its portfolio is not more than a dozen films, but Kelly won the Oscar in 1954, and earned a reputation highest grossing actress of his time.
Once the director Fred Tsinnemanu, she played the role of Amy Fowler Kane in his western ‘High Noon’, working on the same site with Gary Cooper. In 1953, Grace responded to the invitation of John Ford – and starred Linda Nordli in his melodrama ‘Mogambo’, working with Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. For this role, Grace was nominated for an Oscar in the category ‘Best Supporting Actress’.
However, a prize from the American Film Academy, as well as the prize of the critics of New York, went to her for the way Georgie Elgin girlfriend singer-alcoholic, she created the drama of George Seaton ‘Country Girl’ of 1954. Having earned fame actress prefers to be engaged in adventure films, Grace like Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in three of his films. They are the trio two films, thrillers’ Rear Window ‘and’ In the case of murder, dial “M ” is considered one of the best works of Hitchcock.
When Grace starred in the third film of Alfred, the thriller ‘To Catch a Thief “with Cary Grant, is on the French Riviera, Monaco met Prince Rainier III. Their wedding took place on 18 April 1956. Becoming a princess, Kelly said goodbye to his film career. From Rainier III, she gave birth to three children – Caroline Louise Marguerite; Albert II, the reigning Prince of Monaco; Stephanie and Mary Elizabeth.
September 13, 1982, Grace suffered a stroke while sitting behind the wheel ‘Rover P6’, and lost control. The car fell off the sharp turn and fell on the hillside. The car also was her daughter Stephanie, who survived, unlike the mother. Kelly was removed from the rubble still alive, but unconscious and with serious injuries. She died the next day without regaining consciousness, a hospital in Monaco, renamed in 1985 in the Hospital Center of Princess Grace. Initially, it was announced that Stephanie escaped with minor injuries, but then it turned out that she has earned a serious fracture of the neck.
At the funeral service, which was held on September 18, was attended by 400 guests, including Diana, Princess of Wales, and Cary Grant. About 100 million. TV viewers watched the funeral of the actress on their television screens. Rainier III until the day of his death, April 6, 2005, remained a widower and was buried next to Grace.