Evening dress designed by Edith Head for Grace Kelly, worn to the premiere of the The Country Girl, and to the 27th Academy Awards, March 30, 1955, at which she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in that film.
Happy birthday to Helen Rose, designer of Grace Kelly’s much-admired 1956 wedding dress. As MGM’s chief costume designer, Rose had a simple but elegant style that suited the actress, whom she costumed for four films. The Academy Award–winning designer preferred soft ivory for bridal gowns and ensured the back—on view at the altar—was a focal point. For the future Princess Grace of Monaco, Rose repeated the delicate lace of the bodice on the train insert and around the circular veil, which also features two tiny appliquéd lace lovebirds just above the edging at the back.
❝ I would like to be remembered as someone who accomplished useful deeds, and who was a kind and loving person. I would like to leave the memory of a human being with a correct attitude and who did her best to help others.❞
She was the perfect beauty, but she had that silent inner strength. Grace was one of the most beautiful women in the world, and she conducted herself beautifully. That’s inspirational.- Lynn Wyatt to Harper’s Bazaar in 2010
Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American actress who, after marrying Prince Rainier III, became Princess of Monaco.
After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions and more than 40 episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. In October 1953, she gained stardom from her performance in the film Mogambo. It won her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination in 1954. She had leading roles in five films, including The Country Girl, for which her deglamorized performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Other films include High Noon (1952) with Gary Cooper, Dial M for Murder (1954) with Ray Milland, Rear Window (1954) with James Stewart and To Catch a Thief (1955) with Cary Grant, and High Society (1956) with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.
Kelly retired from acting at the age of 26 to marry Rainier and begin her duties in Monaco. They had three children: Caroline, Albert, and Stéphanie. She retained her American roots, maintaining dual U.S. and Monégasque citizenship. She died on September 14, 1982, a day after a stroke caused her to crash her car. (x)