Beautiful, talented, and more than meets the eye, Grace Kelly entranced audiences and then the political world for many years. When she died in 1982, 100 million people watched her funeral. These days, the people would be more interested in her acting career than her political one. Hollywood, however, is going to pay a tribute not to the actress, but to the princess.
Kelly’s ascent to stardom was swift and relentless. Once she played the leading lady to Gary Cooper in High Noon (1952), she was unstoppable – especially as she caught the eye of the great Alfred Hitchcock. She starred in three of his films: Dial ‘M’ for Murder, Rear Window (both 1954), and To Catch a Thief (1955).
Nominated for one Oscar (Best Supporting Actress 1953, Mogambo) and winning another (Best Actress 1954, The Country Girl), she was completely relentless. Her audience loved her, the studios loved her. And in 1955, Prince Rainer of Monaco began to love her even more.
They were married in a spectacle to rival that of William and Kate; every Hollywood star of note at the time was in attendance. Kelly went on to complete one more movie (High Society, 1956) before retiring from acting and taking on her greatest role of wife and princess for good. There were strict rules to follow, and Grace performed admirably. She bore three children and in 1964 founded the Princess Grace Foundation, which identifies and assists young artists by awarding grants to help them along.
Kelly led a full life, but Hollywood chose six months of it in particular. Namely, the six months in which Kelly managed to save Monaco from a coup. During a heated argument with France regarding tax laws, Monaco was in serious danger of falling into a war. Kelly slipped behind the scenes of it all and saved the country.
No word on casting or a director yet, but the script is written by Arash Amel, a rising screenwriter who has just finished penning the Aaron Eckhart thriller The Expatriate.