Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Birthday, Grace Kelly

What is it that gives Grace Kelly that enduring mystique and appeal? She seems to personify eternal beauty and natural poise, and inspires the same sort of devotion and fascination people also have for Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana. Decades after her death, people still want to read about her and gaze at her picture.

Grace Kelly was born in Philadelphia on November 12, 1929.  Her career as an  actress spanned only six years, yet she won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award.  Grace  retired from acting at the age of 26 to assume her duties as Princess of Monaco, upon her marriage to Prince Rainier. She died tragically in a car crash on September 14th, 1982, at the age of 52.

Grace and Rainier had three children, Caroline, Albert, and Stephanie. Albert, the current ruler of Monaco, is engaged to Charlene Wittstock from South Africa, so perhaps we'll see another marriage commemoration cover in Monaco again soon.

Here are some pictures from the May 27, 1958 issue of Look magazine.  It was a large magazine, so unfortunately it doesn't fit nicely into my scanner.


  1. It's that beautiful woman, died young in unfortunate circumstances thing isn't it. Even though Marilyn never married the proverbial prince, she did the kind of Hollywood equivalent : baseball star, playwright ...

  2. Grace displayed an amazing grace, many people thought. :)

  3. Um diese Hochzeitspostkarte beneide ich dich wirklich.
    Grace Kelly war schon eine außergewöhnliche Frau, ich habe erst kürzlich ihre Biographie gelesen.

  4. My goodness, I hadn't remembered she died so young.



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