November 12: Today, it’s Grace Kelly’s birthday. She’s one of my very favourite actresses (number 2, more precisely), so I’ll take the occasion to explain how much I appreciate her.
Grace Kelly is maybe the actress that I know the most: her cinema’s career and her personal life. This summer, I read a biography on her and I learn many interesting things. For example, did you know that she loved to cook hamburgers?! Grace Kelly had great qualities, but she also had some imperfections. Yes, she wasn’t perfect. She was a human being and that makes me love her even more. I also saw most of her movies. The only ones that I haven’t seen yet are 14 Hours and Green Fire. I will. I want to see them all. She didn’t have a long cinema’s career, but she had a brilliant one. Already thanks to her third movie, Mogambo, she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. It’s in 1955 that she won the Best Actress Oscar for her stunning performance in the drama The Country Girl directed by George Seaton in 1954. Grace Kelly also became an iconic Hitchcockian blonde by starring in three of the Master of Suspense’s best movies: Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. Even if she won the Oscar for The Country Girl, we have to say that it’s Hitchcock who made her a star, an icon. Grace Kelly’s second film was High Noon. This is my favourite western and she is lovely in it. She has a supporting role, but the movie wouldn’t have been the same without her. We also saw Grace Kelly in The Bridges at Toko-Ri, Green Fire, The Swan (where she played a princess) and in High Society. This last Grace Kelly’s movie reveals a Grace Kelly full of humour and makes us say: “Too sad it was her last movie!” In this video, you will see how funny and lovely she was in this film. 🙂
Grace Kelly is one of the first classic actresses that I discovered. I saw some photos of her and I thought she looked glorious. I know beauty is not everything, but, like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly is an icon, so I felt like I had to see one of her films, just to see if she was a great actress and how her beauty was shown on screen. Well, one day, by coincidence, High Noon was on TV so I watched it with my parent and understood that Grace Kelly was not only beautiful but also talented. She had such a presence. And that’s the case for all her movies. After that, I saw To Catch a Thief. She fascinated me in this one. I had the chance to see this one on big screen, just like Dial M for Murder, The Country Girl, and The Swan. Grace Kelly’s performances are always memorable. My favourite movie of her is Rear Window, but I also LOVE High Noon, To Catch a Thief, Dial M for Murder and High Society.
In 1956, Grace Kelly left Hollywood and married Rainier III, the prince of Monaco, and became the princess of Monaco. Unfortunately, she never made a movie during her life as a princess, but her heart always belonged to the cinema. Was she happy? Was she in love with Rainier? These are difficult questions to answer. Anyway, we know that, as a princess, she did many good things for the triumph of Monaco and was very devoted to her royal role. But that doesn’t prevent the fact that her fans would have loved to see her continue her brilliant acting career.
Grace Kelly left us too soon. She died in 1982, age 52. This was an extremely sad ending for the princess. Today, I bet she is on her little pink cloud in heaven, maybe drinking a tea with William Holden and happy to see that she was never forgotten and never will be. Each time I see a Grace Kelly’s movie, there’s a smile on my face. That explains how I love her and care about her. She is an inspiration for me, a living dream. Happy birthday Grace Kelly! 🙂