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March 3, 2019

37 Glamorous Photos of Grace Kelly in the 1950s

Grace Kelly was born in 1929 to John Brandon Kelly and Margaret Katherine Majer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a young girl, Kelly began her career by acting in plays and participating in fashion events while attending the Catholic girls’ school Ravenhill Academy. Despite her parents’ initial disapproval, Kelly decided to pursue her dream by enrolling in the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Her success on television finally landed her first film role in “Fourteen Hours.” Kelly’s next major mation picture with Gary Cooper, “High Noon,” though ranked among the best films of all time, was not the one that made her a movie star. It was her performance in the 1953 film “Mogambo” that earned her stardom, along with the first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1955, she eventually won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in “The Country Girl.”

At the height of her fame, Kelly took a fateful trip to the Cannes Film Festival as the head of the United States Delegation Committee in 1955. It was at a magazine shoot in the seaside town that she first met Prince Rainier III. In January 1956, their engagement was announced and their highly publicized wedding ceremony was hold on April 19 of the same year. Kelly was 26 years old when she retired from acting to begin her duties as Princess of Monaco. She died on September 14, 1982 after suffering from a stroke while driving back to Monaco, which led to the fatal crash.

Here, we’re looking back at the life of the icon in the 1950s through 37 glamorous photos…

1953. Grace Kelly on the set of 'Mogambo,' directed by John Ford.

1954. Grace Kelly attended the 26th Academy Awards in an embroided dress and fur coat, posing next to her was Clark Gable.

1954. Grace Kelly backstage.

1954. Grace Kelly wardrobed by Moss Marby in the Hitchcock-directed 'Dial M for Murder.'

1954. Grace Kelly with James Stewart on the set of 'Rear Window,' directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

1954. Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock and James Stewart at the premiere of 'Rear Window.'

1954. Grace Kelly wardrobed for 'The Green Fire,' costume designed by Helen Rose.

1954. Grace Kelly with designer Oleg Cassini at the premiere of 'The Last Time I Saw Paris.'

1955. Best Leading Actress winner Grace Kelly and Best Supporting Actor winner Edmond O'Brien at the 27th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Kelly's ice-blue gown was designed by the legendary Edith Head.

1955. Grace Kelly congratulated on her Best Leading Actress win for 'The Country Girl' by Marlon Brando at the 27th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

1955, May. Grace Kelly wore a red dress and fur stole at a Cannes Film Festival premiere.

1955, May. Grace Kelly posed in a pair of Capri pants at the Cannes Film Festival.

1955. Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Lorraine Day at the New York International Airport.

1955. On-set portrait of Grace Kelly.

1955. Grace Kelly on the set of 'To Catch a Thief,' directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

1956, January 5. Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly posed for photographers at the home of Kelly's parents after the pair's engagement was announced in Philadelphia.

1956. Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly attended a banquet after announcing their engagement in New York. (Photo by Ralph Morse)

1956, February. Grace Kelly won the World Film Favorite Actor (Female) at the 13th Golden Globe Awards.

1956, March. Presenters Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly waited backstage at the RKO Pantages Theatre during the 28th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Allan Grant)

1956. Grace Kelly and director Charles Windsor on the set of 'The Swan.'

1956. Grace Kelly in her famous bathing outfit from the film 'High Society,' directed by Charles Walters.

1956. Grace Kelly wore her diamond engagement ring from Prince Rainier III.

1956, March. Grace Kelly with her pet poodle Oliver in her New York apartment before departing to Monaco.

1956, April 12. Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly greeted each other as she arrived in Monaco. (Photo by Howell Conant)

1956, April 19. Grace Kelly on her wedding day to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Her dress was designed by Helen Rose.

1956, April 19. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III on their wedding day. The Wedding in Monaco was watched by over 30 million viewers on live television.

1956, April 19. Grace Kelly prayed during her wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

1956, November 17. Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace on board of the Constitution before they got off in Cannes. (Photo by Dominique Berretty)

1956. Grace Kelly shielded her pregnant belly by the Hermès 'Sac à dépêches' bag. It was officially renamed the 'Kelly bag' in honour of the Princess in 1977.

1957. Grace Kelly with her mother in the Monaco Palace gardens.

1957, December. Princess Grace and Prince Rainier in the Monaco Palace. She was pregnant with her son at the time.

1958, March 17. Prince Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre of Monaco, son and heir of Prince Rainier III, in the arms of his mother, Princess Grace.

1958, April. The royal couple stood on the balcony of the palace with their daughter Princess Caroline and son Prince Albert II shortly after his birth.

1958, November. The couple smiled for the camera as they arrived at JFK in New York.

1959. Princess Grace and her husband went shopping in London during a visit to the capital.

1959, October. The royal family posed for photographs as they left their hotel in Saulieu, France.



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