The (rich) girl from Philly becomes royalty
Grace Kelly Nov 12, 1929 - Sept 14, 1982
Grace, Princess of Monaco (Grace Patricia Kelly) was born in Philadelphia into the family of an American self-made millionaire. She was a film actress and wife of Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Grace Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions and over forty episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s, Golden Age of Television. She became a 'movie star' on October 1953, with the release of Mogambo. Her movie star status was confirmed in 1954 with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination as well as leading roles in five films, including an Academy Award winning performance in The Country Girl. She retired from acting at 26 to enter upon her duties in Monaco. She and Prince Rainier had three children:Caroline, Albert, and Stéphanie. She was the Princess Consort of Monaco from 1956 until her death in 1982 at age of 52. She also maintaining dual US and Monégasque citizenships.
Princess Grace died when she lost control of her automobile and crashed after suffering a stroke. Her daughter, Princess Stéphanie, was in the car with her, and survived the accident.