1967: Kelly graces Hudson party

Actress-turned-royalty honors Burnett

From the Army Archerd Archive

Aug. 14, 1967

GOOD MORNING: Grace Kelly did a slow, but regal take when the voice behind her warned, “Don’t make this a late night because you have to be on the set very early.” Then she turned , broke into hysterics, found the voice belonged to Jack Haley Jr. exec producer of her upcoming spec, “Monte Carlo, C’Est La Rose.” As for a feature film, she’ll probably not make one … The invitation to Grace and Prince Rainier was from Rock Hudson to attend his Saturday party honoring Carol Burnett on her return home — and of course the start of her series … Miss B., undoubtedly the world’s greatest film fan herself, gaped at the name mob (350) at Hudson’s house and gasped, “I haven’t seen so many stars since I ushered the premiere of ‘Captain Horatio Hornblower’.”… Grace and her Prince chatted amiably with all. Among Grace’s old friends was Ernie Borgnine who received his Oscar from her at the ’55 awards which was her final public appearance before heading to Monaco for the wedding (in 1956). Borgnine recalled his earlier Monaco visit. “You told me I’d win (the Oscar),” he laughed, “and also to bet on number 27!” … (2007 update: Ernie recalls the Rock Hudson party — and Grace. He costarred with Hudson in “Ice Station Zebra,” Howard Hughes’ favorite film. Borgnine says when Grace saw him at the party, she asked him, “Do you still have that little trinket (the Oscar) I gave you in 1956?” Borgnine continues working non-stop and will next be seen in Hallmark’s holiday family fare, “A Grandpa For Christmas,” a Western, “Aces and Eights.” a comedy, “Another Harvest Moon,” and some “Sponge Bob” segs. Borgnine celebrated his 90th birthday on Jan. 24 and says he looks forward to an even busier 91st year in 2008.)

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