Grace Kelly was the feature subject of a recent article (titled “Grace Kelly’s Forever Look”) in Vanity Fair surrounding an exhibition devoted to the Hollywood icon unveiled this Spring by London’s Victoria and Albert museum. The eloquently written piece effectively honors the beautiful star, describing her swift rise in Hollywood, her one of a kind grace, and stunning self possession that continues to inspire modern fashion today.
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The word “disarray,” however, would never find its way into a sentence that included the name Grace Kelly. She was always in control. Always prepared. Always well groomed and well mannered, delightful and kind. And always, eternally it seems, beautiful. Grace was active in a place where it didn’t show: her imagination. Early on, she told her sister Peggy, “One day I’m going to be a princess.”
Those words spoken by Grace Kelly as a child would deem to be prophetic as documented in the comprehensive Janson Media title Grace Kelly: The American Princess from its Hollywood Collection. She came from a wealthy and competitive Philadelphia family, but the life of well-brought up society held little appeal for this acclaimed beauty. She left for New York City and worked hard as a model, stage actor and TV player. Then she was discovered by Hollywood. In less than four years she was acknowledged as one of movie’s most sought after stars, an Academy-Award winner, playing opposite some of the greatest leading men of her time. Suddenly, like a modern-day fairy tale, Grace Kelly turned her back on it all — to become Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco.
Now her story is told in home movies and clips from films like High Noon, Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, To Catch A Thief and High Society. Also seen, touching and revealing glimpses from the magnificent wedding to the tragic end. Actors Jimmy Stewart, Louis Jourdan, Alec Guinness, Katy Jurado, with directors, producers, friends and Grace’s sister, Lizanne, tell of the beautiful star who made the world her stage. Grace Kelly: The American Princess is narrated by Richard Kiley.
Grace Kelly: The American Princess from the Hollywood Collection was produced by Wombat Productions, and is available for all television, DVD, VOD, non-theatric, and new media markets worldwide exclusively through Janson Media.