You may have noticed but here at HQ we’re a little obsessed with the glamour of days gone by. This includes the mysterious starlets of early silent films to the bona-fide goddesses of the Hollywood Golden Age. We’ve decided to bring you a little series dedicated to the women who defined an era and continue to epitomise modern elegance.
The original celebrity princess, Grace Kelly kept our eyes glued to the screen as one of Hitchcock’s blondes before turning heads as the wife of Prince Ranier of Monaco.
Beginning her acting career at age 20 in 1950, her stunning beauty and remarkable talent led to starring roles in iconic films such as Dial M For Murder, Rear Window and High Society before a trip to the Cannes Film Festival changed her life forever.
It was in Cannes that the starlet was introduced to Prince Rainer of Monaco, beginning a royal romance for the ages. While she gave up acting after their wedding in 1956, Princess Grace continued to be a beacon of elegance and style until her death in 1982.
Lifelong friends with greats like Frank Sinatra, James Stewart and another cdl icon – Josephine Baker, Kelly is said to have been one of the warmest, friendliest souls on the planet.
In her eulogy, Stewart said of the Princess: “You know, I just love Grace Kelly. Not because she was a princess, not because she was an actress, not because she was my friend, but because she was just about the nicest lady I ever met. Grace brought into my life as she brought into yours, a soft, warm light every time I saw her, and every time I saw her was a holiday of its own. No question, I’ll miss her, we’ll all miss her, God bless you, Princess Grace.”
Classically beautiful and eternally poised, her legacy lives on as we try to emulate even an ounce of her effortless style. Grace Kelly was truly one in a million.
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