40 years have passed since that September 14, 1982 in which the world said goodbye to Grace Kelly, who died in an accident due to an illness which occurred while she was driving her car. An icon of grace, style and elegance, with a story worthy of one of her films: Hollywood star, complete with an Academy Award, until 1956, then Princess of Monaco after her marriage to Prince Rainier. Actress loved by Alfred Hitchcock and included by the American Film Institute in 13th place among the greatest stars in the history of cinema, here are which films we can see her again
14th HOUR (1951) – Grace Kelly’s first small film role was in this film directed by Henry Hathaway. She the actress plays Louise Ann Fuller, a woman who witnesses the rescue of a boy who wants to commit suicide from the roof of a skyscraper and, in the end, decides to reconcile with her husband from whom she was about to divorce.
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NOON OF FIRE (1952) – Despite her secondary role in the 1951 film, Grace Kelly was quickly noticed and chosen the following year to join Gary Cooper in the western. High noon, directed by Fred Zinnemann. Here she plays Amy Fowler Kane, wife of the protagonist, Sheriff Willy Kane: she will be the only one to help him face the threat posed by Frank Miller, a man he arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment five years earlier.
MOGAMBO (1953) – In the John Ford-directed drama set in the Kenyan jungle, Grace Kelly plays Linda Nordley, a woman who finds herself at the center of a love triangle with Victor Marswell (Clark Gable) and Eloise Kelly (Ava Gardner). Her role earned the future Princess of Monaco the 1954 Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, which Donna Reed won for From here to eternity
Princesses of Monaco: all Grace Kelly’s heirs. PHOTO
THE PERFECT CRIME (1954) – It is the film in which the collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock begins, with whom he will shoot two other films. In this thriller, Grace Kelly plays Margot Mary Wendice, wife of former tennis champion Tony Wendice. The man discovers that her wife is cheating on him with a writer of detective novels, and decides to kill her by staging a perfect crime
THE WINDOW ON THE COURTYARD (1954) – In the same year Grace Kelly participates in the film also directed by Alfred Hitchcock and considered one of the great masterpieces in the history of cinema. This is Lisa Carol Fremont, girlfriend of a successful photojournalist (James Stewart) confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg. The bored man observes her neighbors with binoculars, and soon begins to suspect that one of them killed his wife.
THE COUNTRYSIDE GIRL (1954) – It is with this film, directed by George Seaton, that Grace Kelly wins the Oscar for Best Actress in 1955, bypassing the favorite Judy Garland nominated for A star was born. The actress plays Georgie Elgin, the strong-willed wife of Frank Elgin (Bing Crosby), a long-declining singer. Director Bernie Dodd, who tries to revive her husband’s career, first blames her for her failure but then falls in love with her
GREEN FIRE (1954) – From the same year is the adventure film directed by director Andrew Marton, in which Grace Kelly is Catherine Knowland, a woman who runs a coffee plantation in Colombia. Rian X will come to her. Mitchell (Stewart Granger), convinced that in the mountain overlooking the plantation there is a precious vein of beryl
THE BRIDGES OF TOKO-RI (1954) – The film directed by Mark Robson tells of an American pilot who during the Korean War was commissioned to bomb heavily defended bridges, the Toko-Ri bridges. Grace Kelly is Nancy Brubaker, wife of Lieutenant Harry Brubaker (William Holden)
THIEF HUNT (1955) – The following year Grace Kelly returned to Alfred Hitchcock and joined Cary Grant in the role of Frances Stevens, the sophisticated and wealthy daughter of an American oilman on the French Riviera. Amidst the thefts of jewels, parties and daring escapes, the girl’s initial distrust then turns into love
THE SWAN (1956) – In the Charles Vidor-directed film, Grace Kelly plays a princess in love with the man she can’t have, alongside Alec Guinness and Louis Jourdan. A role that borders on reality: in that year the actress is now close to her wedding with Prince Rainier of Monaco, which is celebrated on April 19
HIGH SOCIETY (1956) – Directed by Charles Walters, it is Grace Kelly’s last film before her retirement. With her are two of the greatest stars of American song and cinema of the 1940s and 1950s: Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. The actress plays Tracy Samantha Lord, still loved by ex-husband CK Dexter-Haven (Bing Crosby), about to marry George Kittredge (John Lund) and the object of desire of journalist Mike Connor (Frank Sinatra)
REARRANGED (1982 – INCOMPLETE) – In 1979 Grace Kelly and Ranieri III (together in the photo) they worked on a short film, entitled Rearranged and widespread in the principality, of which in 1982 they tried to make a film thanks also to the contribution of ABC TV. Before more scenes could be filmed, Grace Kelly died and the film was never released. Ranieri III, following the death of his wife, no longer wanted the film, of which scenes had already been shot for over an hour, to be then distributed