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On this Day in Movie History, April 18, 1956: Grace Kelly Marries Prince Rainier

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On this day April 18, 1956, Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982), an American actress, married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, to become Princess consort of Monaco, styled as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, and commonly referred to as Princess Grace.

After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Grace Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions as well as in more than forty episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. In October 1953, with the release of Mogambo, she became a movie star, a status confirmed in 1954 with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination as well as leading roles in five films, including The Country Girl, in which she gave a deglamorized, Academy Award-winning performance. She retired from acting at 26 to enter upon her duties in Monaco. She and Prince Rainier had three children: Caroline, Albert, and Stéphanie. She also retained her American roots, maintaining dual US and Monégasque citizenships.

She died after suffering a stroke on September 14, 1982, when she lost control of her automobile and crashed. Her daughter, Princess Stéphanie, was in the car with her, and survived the accident.

In June 1999, the American Film Institute ranked her No.13 in their list of top female stars of American cinema.

Birthdays
1922 – Barbara Hale (actress: Perry Mason, The Oklahoman, The Defense Never Rests, Airport)

1930 – Clive Revill (actor: The Sea Wolf, The Empire Strikes Back, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes)

1937 – Robert Hooks (actor: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, A Woman Called Moses, Heat Wave, The Execution, Passenger 57, Day of Absence, Where’s Daddy?)

1946 – Hayley Mills (actress: The Parent Trap, The Moon Spinners, Pollyanna; singer: Let’s Get Together)

1947 – Dorothy Lyman (actress: All My Children, Mama�s Family, Camp Cucamonga: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Ruby in Paradise)

1947 – James Woods (actor: The Onion Field, Holocaust, The Way We Were, Night Moves, Against All Odds, Salvador, Casino, Nixon)

1953 – Rick Moranis (actor: Little Giants, The Flintstones, My Blue Heaven, Parenthood, Honey I Shrunk the Kids series, Ghostbusters series, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, Brewster�s Millions, SCTV; writer: Strange Brew)

1956 – John James (actor: Search for Tomorrow, Dynasty, As the World Turns; son of WABC personality Herb Oscar Anderson)

1956 – Eric Roberts (actor: Doctor Who, The Hard Truth, Fugitive Among Us, A Family Matter, Descending Angel, To Heal a Nation, The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Coca-Cola Kid, Star 80, Raggedy Man, King of the Gypsies; brother of actress Julia Roberts)

1961 – Jane Leeves (actress: Frasier, Throb, Miracle on 34th Street, Mr. Write)

1976 – Melissa Joan Hart (actress: Clarissa Explains It All, Twisted Desire, Sabrina the Teenage Witch)

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