Sitting in an old classroom, during a film class I will never forget the first time I saw Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, her performance throughout the film was just delightful and completely captivating. I could tell that Ms. Kelly was a passionate woman and that there was something truly special about her, who went to live a real life fairytale by marrying the Prince of Monaco. In popular culture Grace was featured in Billy Joel’s 1981 hit, “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Reading High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly written by biographer Donald Spoto opened my eyes to what her life was really like, which was not as glamorous and pleasant as I expected it to be. She had a strict upbringing; her parents were not fond of her tenderness and expected her to be an athlete, just like her father John Kelly, who was an Olympic Gold medalist. They did not understand her interest in the arts and did not take too her seriously. Her parents were perplexed by Kelly’s massive success as an actress and model, because they were not expecting someone as fragile and introverted as Grace to become a star. While attending the 1955 Cannes Film Festival she met the wealthiest bachelor in the world Prince Rainier. She took a couple of pictures with the Prince for Paris Match a weekly French Magazine. Then soon became engaged to him in December of 1955, only seven months after meeting him. Her family did not approve of their engagement especially her father, who did not care about royalty he addressed Prince Rainier bluntly: “Royalty doesn't mean anything to us. I hope you wont run around the way some princes do, because if you do, you’ll lose a mighty fine girl” (Spoto, 224). Her parents wanted Grace to marry in hometown of Philadelphia, because it
would be “Un-American” if it were elsewhere. Rainer explained to them that it was not going to be an ordinary marriage because Grace would become Princess of Monaco, wife head of state, and would assume responsibilities to...
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