PHOTOS: The Life of Philadelphia’s Princess, Grace Kelly

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Jessica Haran
Grace Kelly was born at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia on Nov. 12, 1929.
Grace Kelly's father, John B. Kelly, Sr. was a well-known rower who won three Olympic medals in skulling. He was once nominated as mayor of Philadelphia, then served on the Fairmount Park Commission. Philadelphia's iconic Kelly Drive is named after him.
Grace Kelly's brother, John B. Kelly, Jr., was also a sculling champion. Here, Grace and her sister Elizabeth help their brother before he scored a diamond sculls heat victory at the Henley Royal Regatta.
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Grace, Elizabeth and John, Jr. grew up in the Kelly home in East Falls. Grace was the youngest of the three.
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Despite her parents' initial disapproval, Grace Kelly pursued a successful career as an actress. In 1954 she played the inquisitive heroine of the crime drama "Rear Window," directed by Alfred Hitchcock, for which she won the New York Film Critics' award.
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It was her role in "The Country Girl" that brought Kelly an Academy Award for best actress. She's pictured here at the 1954 Oscars with Marlon Brando, who won best actor for his role in "On the Waterfront."
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On Jan. 5, 1956, Prince Rainier of Monaco proposed to Kelly in her childhood Philadelphia home. The newly betrothed actress showed her engagement ring of interlocking diamonds and rubies to her mother, Margaret Kelly, during an interview following the announcement. Kelly's father John is shown smiling his approval at right.
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Later that day, the couple visited the Philadelphia Country Club and were photographed leaving.
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Grace Kelly's "Wedding of the Century" to Prince Rainier was held in the Monaco Cathedral on April 19, 1956. Princess Grace's dress was designed by MGM's Academy Award-winning costume designer Helen Rose.
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Princess Grace and Prince Rainier had three children. This is the first official photograph Prince Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre of Monaco, son and heir of Prince Rainier III, in the arms of his mother Princess Grace, in Monaco, March 17, 1958. Prince Albert had been born three days earlier.
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Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Princess Grace, holding Princess Stephanie, posed ahead of their 10th wedding anniversary with their children on the palace steps in Monaco in April, 1966. At left and in the foreground is Prince Albert, the second oldest; at center is Princess Caroline.
Princess Grace Kelly attended a fundraising concert at Goldsmiths Hall on March 15, 1981 with Lady Diana Spencer, who would later become The Princess of Wales. This event was Diana's first official event with Prince Charles following their engagement.
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Prince Rainier III of Monaco, Princess Caroline and Grace Kelly attended the graduation of Prince Albert from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts in May of 1981.
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Grace Kelly addresses the media during an April 1980 press conference.
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Grace Kelly died on Sept. 14, 1982. One day earlier, she had suffered a stroke while driving and crashed off a 120-foot cliff in Monaco. Kelly's funeral was held at the Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco on Sept. 18, 1942.
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