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This Hollywood Legends documentary features home movies, stills, film clips,
modeling ads and commercials, and lots of newsreels of Grace Kelly's
engagement, marriage, and life and death in Monaco after she left Hollywood.
The possibility of her return to make Marnie is mentioned, as is footage from the 1954 Academy Awards where she was given the Best Actress Oscar, though not the controversy over her being chosen over Judy Garland that year. We see footage from a live TV show The Rich Boy, a clip from the documentary The Children of Theater Street, hear her speaking French, and are told of a running practical joke she had over a tomahawk with Alec Guinness. The coverage of her death is relatively brief.
What is pointed out is how short her Hollywood career was, how the poise she had from her wealthy background helped her cope with the demands made on her playing The Princess, and it is claimed that the playfulness she exhibited in High Society, her last film, was due to the fact that she knew it was her last because she was engaged.
Grace Kelly: The American Princess (1987)
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
Another very good and highly entertaining documentary with this one focusing on the life and career of Grace Kelly who would end up winning an Oscar, taking Hollywood by storm and becoming a real life Princess. James Stewart, Louis Jourdan, Katy Jurado, Stanley Kramer, Delbert Mann and many others are on hand offering up their thoughts on Kelly as an actress and how she handled the pressure of being a Princess.
If you're a fan of Kelly then you should really enjoy this documentary as it contains clips from her movies, many newsreels as well as interviews with those who knew her the best. There's a lot of great footage on display here but the highlight are certainly the interviews and especially those with Stewart and Kramer.
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