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October 15, 2007 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
The world has only so many princesses and Philadelphia produced precisely one. But Grace Kelly, born to a former bricklayer, was of such innate regal bearing and ineffable beauty that she successfully transformed Monaco from an afterthought into a nation with an enduring identity. Twenty-five years after her death at 52 in a car crash, Princess Grace remains one of Monaco's two leading resources (the other being its stature as the world's most glamorous tax haven). To celebrate the former, an extensive two-week celebration of her life begins today in Manhattan, its centerpiece a Sotheby's exhibition of more than 500 personal possessions, including 20 outfits and 65 pieces of jewelry - among them a tiara and her 10.47-carat, emerald-cut diamond engagement ring - plus hats, hairbrushes, home movies, gloves, letters and, naturally, an Hermès Kelly bag. She apparently never threw anything away - the original exhibition in Monaco, which closed last month, contained 2,000 objects.
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September 14, 1992 | by Maria Gallagher, Daily News Staff Writer
The black-and-white image on the cover of September's Good Housekeeping magazine is arresting: an eternally youthful Grace Kelly, hauntingly familiar, captured at the peak of her beauty. The actress who became a princess. Philadelphia's own. Ten years ago today, at the age of 52, she died of a stroke, one day after her car careened off a steep mountain road in the south of France. The accident occurred a scant two miles from the pink palace in Monaco that was home. Another stroke apparently caused the crash.
SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Grace Kelly, our region's most enduring movie star, our only princess, embodied multiple contradictions. She was far more complex than she appeared. Most icons are. On screen, Kelly could project icy and enigmatic reserve, three times serving as an archetypal Alfred Hitchcock cool blonde. In Rear Window , she portrayed one of cinema's great teases, negligee and all. Yet offscreen she was known for her warmth, and for projecting considerable heat - a man-killer with plenty of casualties.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2002 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Never you mind that High Society (1956) is set in Newport, R.I.; on two important levels, it's a Philadelphia story. This frothy, color, musical remake of The Philadelphia Story, that evergreen about the privileged classes exercising their privileges but learning about love from the proles, stars Grace Kelly, pride of East Falls, in the last film she made before becoming Princess of Monaco. The rock she wears on her second finger is the engagement ring given her by the prince. Kelly's costars are Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong, all of whom do quite nicely with Cole Porter songs, including "Now You Has Jazz," "Well, Did You Evah?
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of Philly's classiest, most glamorous former citizens is getting the Lifetime treatment. And it's through no fault of her own. Grace Kelly is the subject of Grace of Monaco , a film starring Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace, directed by Olivier Dahan, who helmed the lovely Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose . Grace of Monaco originally opened last year's Cannes Film Festival. Those are some mighty fine credentials, no? Yet Grace of Monaco won't hit theaters.
NEWS
October 15, 2007 | By Karen Heller INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The world has only so many princesses and Philadelphia produced precisely one. But Grace Kelly, born to a former bricklayer, was of such innate regal bearing and ineffable beauty that she successfully transformed Monaco from an afterthought into a nation with an enduring identity. Twenty-five years after her death at 52 in a car crash, Princess Grace remains one of Monaco's two leading resources (the other being its stature as the world's most glamorous tax haven). To celebrate the former, an extensive two-week celebration of her life begins today in Manhattan, its centerpiece a Sotheby's exhibition of more than 500 personal possessions, including 20 outfits and 65 pieces of jewelry - among them a tiara and her 10.47-carat, emerald-cut diamond engagement ring - plus hats, hairbrushes, home movies, gloves, letters and, naturally, an Herm?s Kelly bag. She apparently never threw anything away - the original exhibition in Monaco, which closed last month, contained 2,000 objects.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly are twin idols of the American imagination. They defined between them the range and shape of desire in the 1950s. More than six decades later, their power as enduring cultural icons has grown so strong we continue to obsess over their lives and careers, their loves and their fears. So it's no surprise that Lifetime, cable TV's dedicated chronicler of the typical woman's wants and dreams, would pay homage to these women with a pair of new biopics.
NEWS
October 30, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
DOYLESTOWN Lawn mowers were buzzing, the windows were being cleaned, and the doors were closed when Jim and Ellen Melson arrived around 9:40 a.m. Monday at the James A. Michener Art Museum. The couple could not wait to head to Doylestown from their home in Carversville, about seven miles away. Monday was the first day the public could see the museum's exhibit on Grace Kelly, the actress, princess, and fashion icon from East Falls, and the Melsons wanted to be among the first visitors.
SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once upon a time a bricklayer's daughter set out from her happy home in Philadelphia to seek her fortune. She became a Hollywood star and then married an honest-to-goodness prince. They had three beautiful children and lived in a grand castle atop a mountain overlooking the sparkling blue sea. Because others were not as fortunate as she, the princess raised money for the Red Cross and poor families, worked for children's rights, and supported the arts. Then one terrible day, while driving along a narrow road in the principality, she lost control of her car and tumbled down the mountainside.
NEWS
November 2, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities descended on the childhood home of Grace Kelly on Thursday and arrested an 81-year-old woman who allegedly hoarded cats in the historic East Falls mansion. Agents from the Pennsylvania SPCA retrieved 14 live cats and a dead one from the three-story house at Henry Avenue and Coulter Street. They also took an old dog from the SUV that Marjorie Bamont drove up in as the agents and Philadelphia police were serving a search warrant. Police later took her to Einstein Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation.
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May 28, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday night, screenwriter Arash Amel gave Twitter a look inside something Hollywood rarely likes to talk about: what it feels like to be part of a disaster. Amel wrote the screenplay for the ill-fated Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco . Those in the know already feel bad for Amel after reading that sentence. For those not: Grace of Monaco , starring Nicole Kidman and directed by La Vie en Rose 's Olivier Dahan, was scheduled for release in fall 2013 and meant for Oscar glory but didn't debut until the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it was booed.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly are twin idols of the American imagination. They defined between them the range and shape of desire in the 1950s. More than six decades later, their power as enduring cultural icons has grown so strong we continue to obsess over their lives and careers, their loves and their fears. So it's no surprise that Lifetime, cable TV's dedicated chronicler of the typical woman's wants and dreams, would pay homage to these women with a pair of new biopics.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of Philly's classiest, most glamorous former citizens is getting the Lifetime treatment. And it's through no fault of her own. Grace Kelly is the subject of Grace of Monaco , a film starring Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace, directed by Olivier Dahan, who helmed the lovely Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose . Grace of Monaco originally opened last year's Cannes Film Festival. Those are some mighty fine credentials, no? Yet Grace of Monaco won't hit theaters.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Henry James "Hank" Moody, the charming, talented, funny, and seriously self-destructive hero of Showtime's Californication , has a rare gift for stringing together English words in pleasing patterns and rhythms. He also has a knack for getting into sticky situations. Usually when a woman - or, more often, several women - are involved. Throw booze on the situation and the barely functional alcoholic author lands himself into real trouble, often dragging his family down with him, including his long-term off-and-on partner Karen van der Beek (Natascha McElhone)
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Harlan Jacobson, For The Inquirer
CANNES, France - Eyebrows go up when a film like Grace of Monaco , which opened the 67th Cannes film festival Wednesday night, starts with the descriptor, "A fictional account inspired by real events. " It's an odd defensive crouch for a movie about an Irish German Catholic girl who ranks as the number-one Philadelphia blowout of all time, trading in life as the daughter of well-heeled contractor Jack Kelly for not one fairy tale, but two: Hollywood star, and princess of all she surveyed in the tiny principality of Monaco, wedged on a rock between France and Italy.
NEWS
April 12, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The owner of Grace Kelly's childhood home pleaded no contest Thursday to animal-cruelty charges for keeping multiple cats and a dog in unsanitary conditions, the Pennsylvania SPCA said Thursday. Marjorie Bamont, 82, was convicted in December of 14 counts of animal cruelty. She did not appear in court and appealed the conviction. Bamont appeared Thursday in Common Pleas Court but pleaded no contest rather than fighting the conviction, said Sarah Eremus, spokeswoman for the PSPCA. Bamont is allowed to keep two cats with regular PSPCA inspections.
NEWS
January 26, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Why we love Patti LaBelle See, Patti LaBelle is all Philly. She says what she's thinking. Here it is, almost Grammy night, and Patti, 69, wants the world to know. She says she's no diva. The word's overused, and besides, "all these little heifers who can't sing are called divas!" Like who? She names no names. We feel she'd have a long list.   Can we be serious for a sec? We hereby join the meme of "Is Justin Bieber the same person as Miley Cyrus ?"! It has to be true.
SPORTS
January 20, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
By 1945, John B. Kelly Sr., himself a three-time Olympic gold-medalist, knew his namesake son was destined to row in the 1948 Summer Games. Wouldn't it be nice, thought Grace Kelly's wealthy father, if the event was in Philadelphia? He and other civic officials quickly patched together a proposal. No more complex than a high-schooler's term paper, it consisted of 20 typewritten pages and some photos. Utilizing venues in and around Fairmount Park, it projected, Philadelphia could pull it off for a few million dollars.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
AN ELDERLY WOMAN who lives in Grace Kelly's childhood home in East Falls said her high-profile attorney told her that she didn't have to show up for her Wednesday court date on 16 animal-cruelty charges. As a result, she was found guilty in absentia of 16 counts of animal cruelty and ordered to pay more than $10,000, the District Attorney's Office announced yesterday. The woman, Marjorie Bamont, 82, didn't even know about the verdict rendered against her until the Daily News informed her yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IF YOU'RE schlepping out to Doylestown to take in the Grace Kelly exhibit at the Michener Art Museum, make sure you leave an hour or so to check out another multimedia historical exhibit there, dedicated to something that is as much a part of the region's pop-culture history as Her Serene Highness. The program's title, "Local Mill Makes Good," may be a little jokey, but its subject and the scores of pieces contained within are nothing less than fascinating. The display, which runs through March 2, tells the story of New Hope's 75-year-old Bucks County Playhouse.
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