||When beautiful, blonde Hollywood actress Grace Kelly wed Prince Rainer on April 18, 1956, she brought a whole new level of glamour to the tiny Mediterranean enclave. And although upon her marriage she gave up her successful career, the screen star's beauty, popularity and Tinseltown links were an integral part of the principality's charm and mystique right up to her untimely death in a 1982 car accident.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 12, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was the daughter of a former fashion model mum and a bricklayer. After her father became a millionaire as a building contractor, the budding beauty enjoyed a private education – graduating from high school in 1947 – before studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
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