Grace Kelly’s marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco remains a fairy tale for the ages — and Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland was there when it all began
I’m tempted to think it was destiny,” de Havilland tells PEOPLE exclusively
She, along with her then-husband, Pierre Galante, engineered the couple’s introduction.
In the spring of 1955, the Gone with the Wind star (who turns 101 this July and has lived in Paris since October of 1953) was newly wed to Paris-Match editor Galante. On May 4, the couple arrived at the Gare de Lyon in Paris to catch Le Train Bleu connecting Paris with the Mediterranean coast.Grace Kelly was also a passenger, heading to Cannes Film Festival.
De Havilland believes, ‘destiny’ played considerable part. “It was an idea that struck [Pierre] for the first time while dining on the train,” she recalls, “after he learned Grace Kelly was a fellow passenger.” He thought it would be a wonderful story for Paris Match..introducing the actress to the Prince of Monaco !
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