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Grace Kelly on TV: How Her Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 01:48 PM

Hollywood starlet Grace Kelly is best known for her roles in films such as “To Catch a Thief” and Hitchcock’s “Dial M for Murder.” But before Kelly was a star, she dabbled in TV.

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From 1952 to 1956, Kelly was a Hollywood star appearing in several roles. But her entire career wasn’t spent in movies. Kelly’s film career was brief, as she appeared in only 11 roles. But her life acting went beyond the big screen. Here are some examples of Kelly’s work outside of film.

1. "The Web"(1950)

According to TV.com, Kelly at the beginning of her career worked alongside Paul Newman and Eve Marie Saint in a show called “The Web.” Kelly’s talent was recognized and her big screen career took off.

2. "Kraft’s Television Theatre" (1948 to 1954)
Kelly appeared on television six times as a guest star in Kraft’s Television Theatre. Kraft’s productions were part of a live anthology drama series and were the first weekly commercial network program.

3. "The Wedding in Monaco" (1956)
In 1956, the Hollywood star became Princess Grace of Monaco, a move that ended her film career. Kelly’s wedding, however, made her a star once again. More than 30 million people watched the event on television, according to Frank's Reel Reviews. The wedding was made into a documentary called “The Wedding in Monaco.”

4. Academy Awards (1954-56)
Kelly may have retired from film, but she did appear in the limelight from time to time after her marriage, making guest appearances. She hosted the Academy awards three years consecutively from 1954 to 1956. She also appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1958.

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5. Other TV and Miscellaneous Appearances
In 1973 Kelly made her first appearance (as herself) on “The Mike Douglas Show.” She would return three more times to the show. Then in 1976, Kelly joined the board of the director’s at Twentieth Century Fox. This was her attempt to remain active in the film industry, despite the feelings her husband’s family had against it, according to Frank's Reel Reviews.

In 1977 Kelly starred alongside Gary Cooper and Clark Gable in the television show “The Hollywood Greats. “

Kelly died in 1982 from injuries she received in a car crash, but her legacy lives on. In 1993, Kelly’s memory revived, this time by the U.S. Postal Service. She was the first actress to appear on a postage stamp.

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