Actresses of the 50s and 60s

Grace Kelly photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld 1955

In 1929, American on August 13, 2017 at 11:06 am

Grace Kelly (1929 – 1982). Whether playing the heiress in “To Catch a Thief” or the Quaker pacifist in “High Noon” or the amusedly detached career girl – a term still in vogue when “Rear Window” was made – Grace Kelly carried herself with straight back and clipped-voice self-assurance.

Yet just beneath the frosty exterior lay a sensuality and warmth that cracked the formidable reserve. It was this delicate balance of contrasts that helped give her legendary status – a remarkable achievement for an actress whose career encompassed only 11 films.

She made more of that small portfolio than actors who lasted in Hollywood many more decades. Twice she was nominated for an Academy Award, and once she won it, for her 1954 performance in “The Country Girl.” There was a certain irony in the fact that the Oscar came, not for her portrayal of yet another detached beauty but of a frumpy harridan, desperate in her unhappy marriage.

By then the range of her talent was obvious, and Miss Kelly was constantly in demand for a variety of screen roles. But just as swiftly as her film career blossomed, it came to an abrupt end in 1956 when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco, the tiny principality on the French Riviera. NY Times.



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