Grace of Monaco

 

The upcoming biopic of the iconic princess, starring Nicole Kidman.

 Text: George Kapsimalis

 

Born as Grace Patricia Kelly, in 1929 in Philadelphia to John Brendal Kelly and his wife Margaret Majer, Grace joined the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York aiming to pursue a career in acting. Although, at the age of 26, after only appearing on 11 films, Grace ended her movie career when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco on April 19th, 1956, to focus on her royal duties.

 

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Kelly had classic, sophisticated taste and impecable style. With her favorite feminine dresses with tailored tops and calf-skimming skirts nipped at the waist, she contributed to redefine terms like style and class, staying in history for her innate sense of style as one of the most important icons of the last century.

 

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When in 1954, Grace was starring in Hitchcock’s film To Catch a Thief, she first came to meet the products of Hermes and felt instantly in love with them. Two years later, within months of the marriage to Prince Rainier, the Princess of Monaco appeared in LIFE magazine holding a ‘sac à dépêches’ in front of her to hide her pregnancy from a crowd of paparazzi. Since then the bag received great popularity and became known to the world as the Kelly bag, inspiring Hermes to officially rename it in 1977, still remaing a desirable status symbol until today.

 

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The film, that is opened the 2014 Cannes Film Festival playing out of competition, focuses on a period of  Kelly’s life in the early 1960s, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle. A sad princess in ‘crisis of marriage and identity’, longing to return to acting, reveals the woman, underneath her glossy, fairytale cover, her fears and weaknesses.

 

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Watch the full movie trailer below:


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