Grace Kelly was a world-admired actress who couldn’t seem to not get attention. She was a world-beauty who people would die to be. But besides being a world-admired actress, Grace Kelly was a down to earth princess.
Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 12, 1929. Her mother was Margaret Katherine Majer: 1st coach of the women’s athletic team at the University of Pennsylvania. Her father was John Brendan “Jack” Kelly, a champion sculler who won three Olympic gold medals. Her father was also a self- made millionaire (“Grace Kelly Biography”).
As a child Grace preferred to play by herself. One time she was accidentally locked into a closet for several hours. When she was found, she was happily playing with her dolls. As an adolescent, she was very insecure about her physical appearance. She once said in an interview, “I almost crawled into woodwork, I was so self- conscious” (Kehoe 116).
Grace Kelly expressed a deep love for performing at a young age. In addition to participating in school plays and productions, she often modeled with her mom and sister (“Grace Kelly Biography”).
While attending Steven’s school, a small private high school in Philadelphia, she continued to dream about acting. Her uncle, George Kelly, was the one who encouraged her to pursue a full-time acting career. After high school, Kelly decided to pursue her acting career in New York City, despite her parent’s objections. Kelly then enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, still not listening to her parents (“Grace Kelly Biography”).
After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts at the age of 19, Kelly sought a career on Broadway, but found it tough-going (“Grace Kelly Biography”). Four days after her twentieth birthday, she made her Broadway debut in the Strindberg drama, “The Father” (Kehoe 116). Gary Cooper then discovered her on the set of her first film, Fourteen Years, when she was 22. A year later she was offered a role in Mogambo, a set in Kenya, starring Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. Mogambo marked a huge turning point in Grace Kelly’s acting career. She was nominated for her first Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress (“Grace Kelly Biography”).
She later did movies such as Rear Window (1954), Dial M for Murder (1954), A Star is Born (1954), and To Catch a Thief (1955) (“Grace Kelly Biography”).
Her early romances included Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, better and later known as the Shah of Iran, and Aly Khan, both of whom presented her with some very expensive jewelry and her hand in marriage (Kehoe 116).
In the spring of 1955, Grace Kelly was in the South of France, attending the Cannes Film Festival, and renewing an old affair with the actor Jean - Pierre Aumont. At lunch one afternoon, he persuaded her to meet the Prince of Monaco (Grace Kelly & Prince Rainier” 144). She once quoted, “Pierre Galante asked me if I would to go to...