Grace Kelly

American actress and Princess consort of Monaco (1929–1982)

Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American actress. She later married Prince Rainier III of Monaco and became Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco. With Prince Rainier, she had 3 children:

Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly MGM photo.jpg
Publicity photograph from c. 1954
Princess consort of Monaco
TenureApril 18, 1956 – September 14, 1982
Born(1929-11-12)November 12, 1929
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedSeptember 14, 1982(1982-09-14) (aged 52)
SpouseRainier III, Prince of Monaco
IssueCaroline, Princess of Hanover
Albert II, Prince of Monaco
Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
Full name
Grace Patricia Kelly
FatherJohn B. Kelly, Sr.
MotherMargaret Katherine Majer
ReligionRoman Catholicism[1]
SignatureGrace Kelly's signature

Grace Kelly was born at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia Her father was an Irish American; her mother was a German American Her movies included three by Alfred Hitchock: Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief. In 1955 she won an Academy Award for The Country Girl. She was the first actress to appear on a postage stamp. She was also mentioned in Billy Joel's song "We didn't start the fire" and in Mika's song "Grace Kelly" (2007). The classic head-cover of a silk scarf crossed under the chin and knotted at the side or nape of the neck is universally known as the "Grace Kelly." This chic look is still copied by many female Hollywood stars when they wish to retain a degree of anonymity in the public eye.

Kelly suffered a stroke which caused her to crash her car.[2]


  1. A Prayer for Monaco. Catholic Online. Published: February 3, 2009.
  2. "1982: Hollywood princess dead". 14 September 1982 – via

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