The First Meeting Ever of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier - The Edward Quinn Archive
Grace Kelly prior to her first meeting with Prince Rainier at the Palace of Monaco in "The first time I met Grace Kelly and saw what a beautiful girl she was and. Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, – September 14, ) was an American film actress Kelly retired from acting at the age of 26 to marry Rainier, and began her , succumbing to injuries sustained in a traffic collision the day before. .. After a series of delays and complications, she met him at the Prince's. April Grace Kelly before the first meeting with Prince Rainier in the .. Hay Net "Vintage Photo of the Day- Grace Kelly rides in Central Park, USA with her 6 .
Kelly inMargaret focused on being a housewife until all her children were of school age, following which she began actively participating in various civic organizations.
The children were raised in the Roman Catholic faith. Her graduation yearbook listed her favorite actress as Ingrid Bergman and her favorite actor as Joseph Cotten.
Kelly — a famous star of stage and screen". Owing to her low mathematics scores, Kelly was rejected by Bennington College in July John was particularly displeased with her decision; he viewed acting as "a slim cut above streetwalker".
Although the school had already met its semester quota, she obtained an interview with the admission officer, Emile Diestel, and was admitted through the influence of George.
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Her early acting pursuits led her to the stage, and she made her Broadway debut in Strindberg 's The Fatheralongside Raymond Massey. Some of her well-known works as a theater actress were: It became popular all over the United States, with local chapters springing up and attracting many members. Kelly referred to her fan club as "terrifically amusing". He was charmed by her, and said that she was "different from all these sexballs we've been seeing so much of".
However, Kelly's performance in Fourteen Hours was not noticed by critics, and did not lead to her receiving other film acting roles.
She continued her work in the theater and on television,  although she lacked "vocal horsepower", and would likely not have had a lengthy stage career.
She was cast as a "young Quaker bride to Gary Cooper's stoic Marshall", and she wore a "suitably demure vaguely Victorian dress", alongside Gary Cooper, who was 28 years her senior. Alfred Hitchcock described her performance as "rather mousy", and stated that it lacked animation.
He said that it was only in her later films that she "really blossomed" and showed her true star quality. Director John Ford noticed Kelly in a screen test, and his studio flew her out to Los Angeles to audition in September Ford said that Kelly showed "breeding, quality, and class".
Gene Tierney was initially cast in the role, but she had to drop out at the last minute due to personal issues. John Ford, Clark Gableand a trip to Africa, with expenses paid. If Mogambo had been made in ArizonaI wouldn't have done it. The costumes, designed by Helen Rose, were "safari style".
Over the three-month shoot, no feminine looking outfits were used. A break in the filming schedule afforded her and Mogambo co-star Ava Gardner a visit to Rome. In this film, Kelly plays the role of the wealthy wife of a retired professional tennis player.
She was loaned by her studio MGM with whom she had signed a seven-year contract in order to do Mogamboto work on several Hitchcock films, later appearing in Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. The story, based on the novel by James Micheneris about American Navy jet fighters stationed to fight in Asia.
Kelly plays the role of Holden's wife. Her dress designer was Edith Headwith whom she had established a friendly relationship.
The upper-class outfits received a mixed reception from critics; one critic said that "Kelly's flavoring was just plain vanilla". Instead, she committed to the role of Lisa Fremont in Rear Window instead.
Said Kelly, "All through the making of Dial M for Murder, he Hitchcock sat and talked to me about Rear Window all the time, even before we had discussed my being in it. For the first time, she was playing an independent career woman.
Just as he had done earlier, Hitchcock provided the camera with a slow-sequenced silhouette of Kelly, along with a close-up of the two stars kissing, finally lingering closely on her profile. Hitchcock brought her elegance to the fore by changing her dresses many times, including: Variety 's film critic remarked on the casting, commenting on the "earthy quality to the relationship between Stewart and Miss Kelly", as "both do a fine job of the picture's acting demands".
Already familiar with the play, Kelly was highly interested in the part. Kelly was adamant, and threatened the studio, saying that if they did not allow her to do the film, she would pack her bags and leave for New York for good.
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MGM relented, and the part was hers. Kelly also negotiated a more lucrative contract in light of her recent success.Love Story: Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco
Her character becomes torn emotionally between her two lovers, played by Bing Crosby and William Holden. She was again dressed by Edith Head to suit her role in the film. The required civil ceremony took place before the religious ceremony and was performed by the Monaco Minister of Justice, with the vows exchanged in French, and there were only 80 guests in attendance.
Grace wore a dress created by Helen Rose, the MGM studio costume designer, who also made the bridal dress for the religious ceremony which was performed the next day. The dress for the civil ceremony was a pale pink taffeta with an overlay of cream colored Alencon lace designed with a fitted bodice, high collar and a flared skirt which she accessorized with gloves and a hat.
Prince Rainer wore striped trousers, a white vest and a black morning coat. Immediately after the ceremony there was a celebration and the Prince along with his new Princess took the time to shake hands with the 3, citizens of Monaco that were their invited guests. Later that same night, the couple attended an elegant gala which was held in their honor at the Monaco Opera House.
Grace wore a lovely Lanvin ballgown made of white silk organdy with a deep v-neck, high waistline with a full bustle and the dress was hand-embroidered and decorated with pearls, rhinestones and sequins. It took place on April 19, at the St. Nicholas Cathedral and was a high mass celebrated by the Bishop of Monaco with guests in attendance including Cary Grant, David Niven, Ava Gardner and several international heads of state and other diplomats. The church was decorated with floral arrangements of white lilacs, hydrangeas, lilies and snapdragons.
They all wore yellow silk taffeta dresses with a yellow organdy overlay purchased from the Neiman Marcus department store and made by Priscilla Kidder later owner of the successful bridal clothing line of Priscilla of Boston.
To complete the wedding party there were six junior attendants, four girls and two boys, which were all dressed in white. After the ceremony, Prince Rainier and Grace rode from the church through the streets back to the Palace in a cream and black Rolls Royce convertible that was a gift from the people of Monaco.
The Wedding Dress — As a gift to Grace Kelly from the MGM studio, Helen Rose, their costume designer created a beautiful bridal dress for her wedding to Prince Rainier and has remained one of the most famous and iconic wedding dress for decades. The dress used twenty-five yards of silk taffeta, one hundred yards of silk netting, tulle, peau de soie and antique Brussels lace that was over years old.
Additionally, the bodice had a structured under bodice for support and two petticoats were worn underneath to provide fullness to the skirt. A Juliet cap was also made to compliment the dress and worn on the back of the head with three points at the hairline and a circular shape in the back. The headpiece used the same pearl embroidered lace as the bodice and was stretched over a wire frame. It was decorated with seed pearls and small wax orange blossoms. Attached to the headpiece was a circular wedding veil which was waist length in the front and then gradually longer towards the back.
Grace completed her bridal ensemble with shoes custom made by David Evins, a leading American shoe maker that Grace had previously worked with.