Grace Kelly left Hollywood stardom to become a princess when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco – but life hasn’t always been a fairy tale.
Oscar-winning blonde Alfred Hitchcock rose to royalty in 1956 at the age of 26 – ending her film career forever. And while many believed the star had embarked on a new life of more glitz and glamor, Jay Jorgensen said Kelly experienced the loneliness behind the palace gates.
The author previously wrote a visual biography of the 1950s screen icon titled “Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl,” which features over 400 photographs.
“The only thing she was talking about was the weather,” Jorgensen recently told Closer Weekly. “She looks like she [wanted privacy] a little [with her husband] and I just wanted to be alone with him for a while. “
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According to Jorgensen, Kelly and Rainier visited Ireland – his family’s ancestral home – in 1961. In 1976, they purchased 35 acres, along with the remaining foundation stones that marked the location of a cottage and had planned to build a holiday home there.
Jorgensen said Kelly did not foresee the loneliness that would come from leaving her home in the United States to embark on a whole new life of duty and dedication in Monaco. At the time, she spoke only English while everyone spoke in French.
However, she “tapped into her inner strength” and dedicated herself to marriage and motherhood as a royal.
“When Grace got married, she did so on her city’s terms,” Jorgensen said. “She waited for the man who was essentially her equal and then became a fairly modern princess. “
In 1962, Hitchcock invited Kelly to star in “Marnie”. However, Jorgensen told the media outlet that Monegasque public opinion had prevented her from accepting the offer.
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“Rainier agreed, but Grace decided that due to the uproar it shouldn’t be done,” he said.
But before her death in 1982 from a car accident at age 52, Kelly found an outlet for her acting. She continued to raise awareness of the importance of the arts and supported many American performing and film artists. Among Kelly’s many arts-related projects were the restoration of a theater in Monte Carlo, as well as stage tours of Europe and the United States, in which she read poetry.
“She would be doing these tours to raise money for charity,” Jorgensen told the outlet. “If she had lived, there’s a good chance she would have done a lot more and we eventually saw her in a movie. “
In 2019, Kelly’s son Prince Albert told Fox News he had always “felt a sense of responsibility” to protect his late mother.
The 63-year-old said the Princess Grace Foundation-USA was one of the many ways he was upholding the legacy of the beloved Matriarch.
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“It’s very simple – she had this desire to help young artists, young emerging artists, in the performing arts,” he explained. “This is exactly what we [do]. She did not have time to create the foundation during her lifetime. She was busy with other charities and other foundations. There is also a Princess Grace-Monaco Foundation, which helps the dance school and other artists, mainly in painting and sculpture. “
As Kelly gave up her Hollywood career to become a princess, Albert revealed that she never forgot her American roots. In fact, she was always keen to help budding artists find their place.
“The performing arts in this country, I think she was very keen to create an entity that would help because young artists have a hard time trying… to find work when they get out of school and try to find some kind of recognition, ”Albert said.
“It’s amazing how she touched the lives of so many people,” he said. “Not only of her generation, but also of the younger generations now… many of them still know her through her films or through photographs or through various actions that she has been able to do over the years with various charities. . “