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Grace Kelly as Supporting Roles: Four Times Star Shined Without Being Lead Actress

By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:17 PM

Grace Kelly reached fame as an actress, and also in her real-life role as Princess Grace of Monaco.

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Remembered for her cool, elegant beauty, Kelly starred in numerous theatrical productions and in movies. Even when she wasn’t in a leading role, the actress also dazzled audiences. Here are four roles when she wasn’t the star:

Linda Nordley, “Mogambo” (1953)
Film buffs would say it was her 1954 Golden Globe win as Best Supporting Actress in “Mogambo” that propelled her to stardom. She also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her cool looks caught the eye of Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in his 1954 movies “Dial M for Murder” and “Rear Window,” and in 1955’s “To Catch a Thief.”

Louise Fuller, “Fourteen Hours” (1951)
A bit part in this 1951 movie may have set Kelly on the path to “Mogambo” and stardom. The movie was about a suicidal man standing on a ledge of a high-rise for 14 hours. For her film debut, Kelly beat out Anne Bancroft for the part.

As a Model for Old Gold Cigarettes
After high school in Philadelphia, Kelly took off for New York City to pursue an acting career. She started off picking up modeling jobs for cigarette ads and covers of magazines such as Redbook and Cosmopolitan, according to Biography.com. Despite her parents’ concerns and her dad’s belief that acting was “a slim cut above streetwalker,” the website said Kelly pushed for others to see a glimmer of her glamour. She even took less-than-royal jobs, like doing an ad for Lux Toilet Soap, and her first commercial featured her spraying a can of insecticide around a room.

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As Princess Grace
After hitting it off with Prince Rainier III of Monaco at a photo shoot during the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, Kelly was so smitten that when he proposed, she left Hollywood for real royalty. She became Princess Grace of Monaco. They took a seven-week honeymoon cruise around the Mediterranean on the prince’s yacht. Kelly and her prince had three children, and she supported the arts and took an interest in orphans and garden clubs. But her story did not end happily. She died in 1982 in a car crash. In his eulogy, quoted on Legacy.com, actor Jimmy Stewart said her star was always bright, like “a soft, warm light every time I saw her.”

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