1956: Grace Kelly Marries Prince Rainier of Monaco

By | April 16, 2020

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Following their church wedding on April 19, 1956, the real Princess Grace and Prince Ranier wave from a palace window. Filed 1/11/1983. UPI/CORBIS-BETTMANN. BPA 2# 5454

In 1956, Hollywood princess Grace Kelly became a real-deal princess by marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Kelly starred in classic films like High Noon (1952), Mogambo (1953) and High Society (1956), and was one of Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite muses, co-starring in Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954), and To Catch A Thief (1955). As Princess of Monaco, Kelly led a fairly quiet life until it came to a tragic end in 1982. The beloved princess may have left us too soon but she won’t be forgotten.

Before She Was A Princes She Was Hollywood Royalty

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Kelly with James Stewart in 'Rear Widow.' Source: Paramount Pictures

It’s an understatement to say that Grace Kelly was famous well before she became a princess. She began acting at an early age when she made her Broadway debut at the age of 19. It wasn’t long before she was acting on television and earning her first film role in 1951’s Fourteen Hours. Over the next five years she went onto star in movies like Mogambo, Dial M for Murder, and High Society, and with only a few years in the industry she was a legitimate superstar. Kelly may not have the lengthy filmography of some actors but the films in which she appears are outstanding.