Icons of the Century
Kelly’s classic, aristocratic beauty and cool demeanor rocketed her to stardom in the 1950s after a string of hits including “High Noon,” “Mogambo” and “The Country Girl,” for which she won an Oscar in 1954.
She was the template for the Hitchcock blonde, appearing in “Rear Window,” “To Catch a Thief” and “Dial M for Murder.” Destined for even greater stardom, she shot tuner “High Society” and “The Swan” in 1956.
But that year Kelly met Prince Ranier of Monaco at the Cannes Film Festival, fell in love and left Hollywood forever to become Princess Grace. Her star power translated into the world of royalty. She captured the imagination of the public with her fairytale wedding, and earned the love and respect of her adopted principality with her charity work and patronage of the arts.
The world mourned her death in a car accident in 1982.