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Grace Kelly: The American Princess (1987)

A biography of American actress Grace Kelly from her early days as an aspiring actress to her death as Princess of Monaco.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Herself (plays baseball) (archive footage)
... Narrator (voice)
Jean Dalrymple ... Herself
... Herself - Roommate
... Himself (co-star)
... Herself (co-star)
Jay Kanter ... Himself (agent)
... Himself - Producer
Nadia LaCoste ... Herself
Lizanne Le Vine ... Herself (sister)
Earl Ma ... Himself
... Himself - Director
Judy Balaban ... Herself (as Judy Balaban Quine)
... Himself
John Strauss ... Himself


An affectionately nostalgic look at the life and career of American icon Grace Kelly, the product of a Philadelphia family who became a film actress in the early 50s. Her meteoric rise resulted in roles opposite Hollywood's elite leading men and culminated in a 1954 Oscar for "The Country Girl." Whole filming Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "To Catch a Thief" with Cary grant on the Riviera, she met and fell in love with Prince Ranier of Monaco and worldwide icon until her tragic death in 1982. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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1987 (USA)  »

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Grace Kelly: The American Princess - An Intimate Portrait  »

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James Stewart: She made as good a princess as she was a movie actress... even better.
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becoming a real princess
26 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

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.

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