Today in History: Grace Kelly Passes Away (1982)


On this day, nearly three decades ago, the world mourned over the death of Grace Kelly from injuries she suffered after a grisly car accident. Let us go back in time and celebrate the colorful life of the beautiful Hollywood actress and real-life princess.

Grace Kelly in High Society (1956), her last Hollywood Film. Photo via Wikipedia

Born Grace Patricia Kelly, the American actress was born in 1929 to an athlete father and a model mother in Philadelphia. Kelly had dreams of getting into theater and started acting and modeling in her community at a young age. Pursuing this dream, she auditioned into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York for an education in theater. Soon, she starred in some television programs and films, the most notable being Mogambo (1953), Dial M for Murder (1954), The Country Girl (1954), and High Society (1956), her last film.

After her marriage to Prince Rainier III, Grace Kelly became the Princess consort of Monaco, styled as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco. Photos via A Girl's Guide to Home Life and Fashionbride

Of course, who would forget her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, dubbed by the press as the “Wedding of the Century?” Kelly met the sovereign of Monaco in April 1955 when she headed the US delegation during the Cannes Film Festival. After a year-long courtship, Prince Rainier III proposed to Kelly, and she accepted. The beautiful Hollywood star shone even brighter on her wedding day, looking stunning in her elegant lace wedding gown designed by MGM’s Helen Rose. However, she left behind the Hollywood stardom after marrying the prince on April 1956.

On September 13, 1982, the princess was driving along a mountain road with Stephanie, her youngest daughter, when she suffered a stroke. The attack caused her to lose control over her car, causing it to plummet down the mountainside. Although she was still alive when she and her daughter were rescued from the accident site, Princess Grace was unconscious and severely injured. The next day, one of the most beautiful faces ever to grace Hollywood and Monaco passed away at the Monaco Hospital (now Princess Grace Hospital Centre), without ever regaining consciousness. She was 52.

Now, let’s say a little prayer for the lovely Princess Grace as we take a look back at some highlights of her life as a reel-celebrity and real-life royalty:

First Photo: Kelly with Frank Sinatra in High Society; Second Photo: Kelly holding her Oscar award in March 1955; Third Photo: Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace after their civil wedding ceremony; Fourth Photo: The Royal Couple during their religious wedding ceremony; Fifth Photo: Princess Grace taking a photo during a Monte Carlo swimming competition in 1972; Sixth Photo: Princess Grace’s photograph on her 10th wedding anniversary. Seventh Photo: Princess Grace in February 1982. Photos via Nina Petronzio's Blog, Fashionbride, Faux New Yorker, Creative Salvage, and LIFE Photo Archive.

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Sources and additional readings:
Grace Kelly -- Wikipedia
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written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-09-14 in #lifestyle #actress #lomography #grace-kelly #princess #analogue-lifestyle #today-in-history #hollywood #royalty #death #history #monaco


  1. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    A true fashion icon.

  2. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    A true classic beauty - inside and out.

  3. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    I agree, she was always so beautiful!

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