Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929--September 13, 1982) was born in Philadelphia. She was the third child of Jack Kelly, a self-made millionaire and an Olympic gold medal-winning oarsman.
After graduating high school, an interest in acting led her to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. From there, in 1949, the 20-year-old Kelly made her Broadway debut in August Strindberg's 'The Father,' followed by stints in live television dramas.
In 1952, after a successful audition, MGM snapped her up for a seven-year contract, giving her the opportunity to work with famous names like Alfred Hitchcock and Gary Cooper. It wasn't long before Grace won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1954 for her performance in 'The Country Girl,' the same she made two of her biggest hits with Hitchcock--'Rear Window' and 'Dial M for Murder.' These star turns cemented her status as one of the most famous and highest-paid actresses in the world.
But everything changed in 1955 when Kelly met Prince Rainier III, the 32 year-old heir to the principality of Monaco. They fell in love quickly, and in April 1956, they were married. She severed her ties with Hollywood for good and went on to have three children with Rainier.
Kelly spent the rest of her life redefining Monaco's image, from a relatively unknown region to a glamorous vacation destination--her journey from queen of the screen to real-life princess was complete.
On September 13, 1982, Kelly was killed in a car crash--she was just 52. Because of Kelly's kind spirit and popularity, her funeral in Monaco was a global event, a testament to the enduring icon she's become.