Grace Patricia Kelly was an American film actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III.
After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Grace Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions and more than 40 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 an 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 the age of 26 to marry Prince Rainier and enter upon her duties in Monaco. She and Prince Rainier had three children: Caroline, Albert, and Stéphanie. She retained her American roots, maintaining dual U.S. and Monégasque citizenship.
She died on September 14, 1982, after suffering a stroke the previous day which caused her to lose control of her automobile and crash. Her daughter, Princess Stéphanie, was in the car with her and survived the accident.