ACTRESS.HITCHCOCK’S MUSE.PRINCESS OF MONACO.
At the age of 17, Grace Kelly announced to her family that she wanted to be an actress. When the future actress and Princess of Monaco came of age, she moved to the Barbizón Hotel, in Manhattan (New York) to study Dramatic Arts. All this, despite having a deeply conservative Catholic family who persistently opposed her desire to become an actress.
However, her strength of character is evident, as no one could stop her achieving her goal. Her childhood dream was too strong, and she left for New York to make it come true. She worked as a model and on Broadway, and did several commercials, among other jobs… But her greatest success was with Gary Cooper in “High Noon”.
Then came titles such as “Mogambo” with Clark Gable, and of course, we mustn’t forget that she was one of the favourite muses of the great master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock…
These were the beginnings of this woman’s fascinating life, a life full of lights and shadows. But unlike her films, Grace’s life did not have a happy ending. A fatal accident brought a tragic end to the life of an exceptional woman, at the age of just 52.
There have been many different versions about her death… But let’s focus on her fascinating life as an actress and Princess of Monaco, and on the captivating, volatile and contradictory personality of one of the most beautiful, elegant women in the world.
The actress not only conquered Hollywood with her great charisma – with only 11 films, and an Oscar for the Best Actress – she also won Rainier over instantly, as they got married just 13 months after meeting at a gala held in New York. Everything in record time!
She would define herself as “… a sentimental, romantic Princess by nature”. The definition was fitting with her physique and the image that she projected of herself: that of a woman who was somewhat demure, educated and discreet. But we now know that Grace was above all a very passionate, strong woman. Some of her romances corroborate her eventful sentimental life.
The actress not only conquered Hollywood with her great charisma with only 11 films, and an Oscar for the Best Actress.
She wasn’t fragile, she was a versatile woman who instantly captured the hearts of all who knew her with one look and her delicate demeanour. It could be said that HER SUCCESS was the result of the perfect blend of considerable talent, a healthy dose of ambition and a bit of luck. She was one of Hitchcock’s BLONDES… One of his enigmatic, aloof, mysterious leading ladies. His muse.
The great master of suspense chose her for a reason, and he was especially fond of her, so much so, that he even tempted her with a new movie after her wedding, when she had already become the Princess of Monaco, many years after giving up her professional career in Hollywood. However, Monaco made it very clear that the only tasks expected of her were to focus on her family life, promote the Principality as an in ternational tourist destination, attend events, and play her role as Princess.
Despite having so many new responsibilities, she always longed to return to the world of cinema. Years later, she herself admitted that in spite of her lavish wedding, the luxurious lifestyle she had, the glamour, the impressive parties she continued to attend, etc, the role of Princess, and in particular her adaptation, had been a very difficult period for her as well as for Prince Rainier.
But that was her life, the timeless story of princesses, the fairy tale… Hollywood studios, unrepeatable parties, magnificent palaces. To talk about her, we must talk about the Côte d’Azur, European royal families, power and magnetism, glamour, elegance, splendid jewels. And of course… to talk about Grace Kelly, we must talk about Marbella, because those who had the unique occasion to meet her when the couple settled in one of Marbella’s most exclusive hotels with most history, the renowned Marbella Club Hotel, could surely share some mental images with us for our upcoming editions…