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[[caption-width-right:330:"Hollywood Royalty" in the most literal sense.]]

You know [[PrincessPhase that fantasy young girls have about becoming princesses]]? She actually went out and did it.

Grace Patricia Kelly was an American actress and later, the Princess of Monaco. She was born in 1929 in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}. Kelly's on-screen acting career lasted only six years, but in that time she established herself as one of the legendary actresses of Hollywood. Her first important role was in the classic {{Western}} ''Film/HighNoon'' in 1952. In 1953, she appeared in ''Mogambo'' with Creator/ClarkGable. Her next film was ''Film/DialMForMurder'' (1954), a thriller directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock; she became his favorite actress. After that, she worked with Hitchcock again in ''Film/RearWindow'', where she played Creator/JimmyStewart's fashion model girlfriend - probably her most famous role. Then she [[PlayingAgainstType went against her type]] of glamorous, high-class women, and played the long-suffering wife of an alcoholic actor (Music/BingCrosby) in ''The Country Girl''. She won the Oscar for that role. In 1955, she appeared again in a Hitchcock movie, ''Film/ToCatchAThief'' with Creator/CaryGrant. Her next movie was ''The Swan'' in 1956, where she coincidentally portrayed a princess. In the same year, she played her last role in ''Film/HighSociety'', a musical version of ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'' with Bing Crosby and Music/FrankSinatra.

In 1955, she met Prince Rainier of Monaco, and she married him in 1956. Their wedding was turned into a huge media circus. They had three children together (their only son, Albert, is now the prince of Monaco). Kelly died in a car crash in 1982.

She was an icon of style and fashion, and her influence extends to this day.

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!!Associated Tropes:

* AcademyAward: Won for ''The Country Girl''.
* FakeBrit: She originally spoke with Philadelphia dialect, but for her film career, she developed a somewhat British-sounding, high-class accent. She played English women in ''Mogambo'' and ''Dial M for Murder''.
* OperaGloves: She was famous for wearing them, both onscreen and offsreen.
* ProperLady: Her "typical" on-screen persona, in a nutshell, [[ZigZaggedTrope though she often crosses over into]] SpiritedYoungLady.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: At least in ''RearWindow''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Nearly made a return to acting with ''Film/{{Marnie}}'', but the people of Monaco protested against the casting of their princess as a mentally unstable thief.

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!!References in Fiction:

* Music/{{Mika}}'s most famous song is called "Grace Kelly". It also includes a quote from ''The Country Girl''.
* She's mentioned in Music/BillyJoel's "We Didn't Start the Fire".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Treehouse of Horror II", the Simpsons visit Morocco. Homer remarks: "What a dump! [[GlobalIgnorance Why would Princess Grace live in a place like this?]]"
* In Creator/StephenKing's novel ''Literature/BagOfBones'', Mattie Devore is said to look like a young Grace Kelly.
* In ''Series/TheHoneymooners'' episode "Head of the House", when Ralph tells to Norton that they have to cook a meal:
-->'''Norton:''' After all, men are the best chefs, aren't they? Oscar of the Waldorf, Pierre of the Ritz, Grace Kelly's father...
-->'''Ralph:''' What does Grace Kelly's father got to do with it?
-->'''Norton:''' He cooked up a pretty sweet dish!
* In ''Film/DieHard'', Hans Gruber mentions her, when he makes an (incorrect) reference to ''Film/HighNoon'':
-->'''Gruber:''' This time JohnWayne does not walk off into the sunset with Grace Kelly.
-->'''[=McClane=]:''' That was Gary Cooper, asshole.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had a sketch called "Mr. Dibley's Films", where the titular character makes very short and low-cost versions of famous films, and claims that they are original. One of them is a fifteen-second long version of ''Rear Window''. Dibley says that Hitchcock's version was padded out, and was only more successful than his because "he had bloody Grace Kelly".
* ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' has a bit of a crush on her.
* In ''Series/MadMen'', Betty Draper is said to look like Kelly. The show's stylists intentionally modeled Betty's general look on her.
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