Archive: Grace Kelly

Actress, princess, icon, enigma: Understanding Hollywood’s “snow-covered volcano.”

“I was hired to be an actress, not a personality for the press.”

When 18-year-old Grace Kelly convinced her parents to let her move from Philadelphia to New York City to pursue her dream of acting, it was not with their glowing endorsement. “It’s not as if she’s going to Hollywood, after all,” said her mother. “It’ll never amount to anything,” her father agreed dismissively. This was not the first time, nor would it be the last time, that the Kellys underestimated their daughter. Their disapproval was the mortar with which the bricks of her life were laid, and with which Kelly would go on to fashion a literal palace.

In the six years between 1950 and 1956, Kelly starred in 11 movies and became one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons. So much has been said of the Oscar-winning actress, Alfred Hitchcock muse, and eventual Princess of M...


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