[[caption-width-right:300:"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 ''Film/{{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 ''Film/TheCountryGirl''. 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.

!!Associated Tropes:

* UsefulNotes/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''.
* {{Ojou}}: A Western example of this trope: she was born into a wealthy family and became regarded as Hollywood royalty before marrying a prince and becoming actual royalty.
* PrettyInMink: Wore some furs in her films when playing a {{Socialite}}. And in a film about her, the actress playing her was likely going to wear a fur coat or wrap.
* ProperLady: Her "typical" on-screen persona, in a nutshell, [[ZigZaggedTrope though she often crosses over into]] SpiritedYoungLady.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: In ''Film/RearWindow'' she had a number of dresses, which was commented on in her first scene in the film.
* WealthyPhilanthropist: She was known for her philanthropic work after she married Prince Rainier and was forced to give up acting. She was friends with Josephine Baker and helped her get back on her feet when she was destitute.
* 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.
!!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 [[TextualCelebrityResemblance 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 costume and hair departments intentionally modeled Betty's general look on her.
* In the biopic ''Grace of Monaco'', she is played by Creator/NicoleKidman.