1955 was a busy year for Grace Kelly. Not only did Philly’s Princess co-star with Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’sTo Catch a Thief, she also accepted the marriage proposal of Prince Ranier III of Monaco, setting the wheels in motion for her fairy tale-like life has a the Princess of Monaco.
Rewind a moment to another piece of Kelly’s 1955 timeline that’s seemingly from the pages of a storybook: The Castle of la Croix des Gardes, the dreamy French Riviera estate where Hitchcock shot the masquerade scenes in To Catch a Thief.
The 24-acre castle property overlooks the Bay of Cannes, and is available on the open market for the first time in 56 years. You won’t believe the reported asking price.
In honor of the 60th anniversary of TV’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents (which you can binge-watch on Netflix streaming) we take a look at some of the Philadelphians who worked with the legendary director in film or another capacity on television. Hitchcock enjoyed working with many actors over the course of his career, but there is something about the people from Philadelphia that caught his eye. Just as a warning some minor spoilers ahead.
The film stars Nicole Kidman as the Philadelphia-born-and-raised Grace. It’s set in 1962—six years after she was married to Prince Rainier III of Monaco—when princess life starts to dull and she’s hankering to to be a movie star again. Kidman stars alongside Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Paz Vega and Tim Roth, who plays Rainier III.
You can catch it on Monday, May 25th, when it airs on Lifetime at 8 pm. Check out the trailer below, but be warned: The royal family of Monaco panned that, too, saying it “appears to be a farce and confirms the totally fictional nature of this film.”
Let’s take a trip down the rabbit hole that is the Philadelphia Reddit page for a moment.
A user recently posted a video that will simply make you say, what the hell was that? The that is a video slideshow on Youtube that claims to show the (possible) childhood growth chart of American icon and East Falls native Grace Kelly, her siblings and even her dog. To top it off, the whole thing is set to a heavy metal track. Yes, you read that correctly.
Here’s the description via Youtube:
This is inside the Grace Kelly House in Philadelphia!! The back of the door the family used to chart Jack, Liz Anne, Grace, and the dog’s growth through the 1930s and 1940s. This has never been seen by anyone else but my family in a LONG time.
Her childhood home, located a 3901 Henry Avenue in East Falls, was recently at the center of a animal hoarding investigation. In April, owner Marjorie Bamont plead no contest to 14 counts of animal cruelty and was ordered to give up 12 of her cats, a dog and pay a $7,000 fine to the Pennsylvania SPCA.
Eighty-two year old Marjorie Bamont pleaded no contest to 14 counts of animal cruelty Thursday, the Inquirer’s Amy Worden reports. She has to pay $7,000 to the SPCA, give up 12 of her cats and her dog to the Pennsylvania SPCA. She was able to keep two cats. She is barred from owning any more pets for 42 months.
Kelly, in coral-encrusted Givenchy, with Prince Rainier of Monaco, 1965. Photo via Hulton Royals Collection photo archive.
Well, this is pretty cool: Philly’s beloved daughter Grace Kelly snags yet another exhibit in town. (Good news for those of you who missed the three-month exhibition at the Michener Museum this past winter). This particular exhibit is a bit more exclusive: On Saturday, May 10th (yep, that’s the day right before Mother’s Day), Drexel is hosting one of their “Saturday Style Seminars” focused on the impeccable style of Grace Kelly—tipped off with a viewing of that gorgeous coral-encrusted Givenchy couture gown she wore in 1965.
It was around this time last year that 3901 Henry Avenue, Grace Kelly’s childhood home, received a historical state marker. The East Falls house was built by the Princess of Monaco’s father in the late 1920s.
One local who attended the event thought the home should “stay residential” since turning it into a museum would create funding hardships. Another voiced her hopes for the future owners to keep the house well-maintained. “I’d hate to see it change,” she had said.
Unfortunately, that kind-hearted wish has not come true. Almost to the day of the historical marker ceremony, the property is now in the news for all the wrong reasons. Yesterday, Pennsylvania SPCA Law Enforcement officers arrived at the Kelly’s former residence after a tip to their cruelty hotline. Inside, one dead cat and fourteen flea-ridden ones, in various states of health, were found.
That’s me, with Grace Kelly’s grand-niece, Ginna Le Vine.
If you are a magazine editor, as I am, you tend to get invited to lots of stuff. It’s a cool perk of the job. Much of what you are invited to, despite the pretty packaging of various invitations, is not that interesting. But sometimes you luck out, and end up at something where you feel very fancy and very special and very glad you got to go.
Such was the case this past Saturday, when I attended the black-tie gala dinner opening the new exhibit Grace Kelly: Beyond the Icon, at the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown. The exhibit features more than 40 dresses and costumes from the Philadelphia movie star, princess and style icon, along with various other personal and starry ephemera, including her Oscar for 1954’s The Country Girl. (Tickets are selling briskly, so if you want to go, take my advice and buy now—we don’t get this kind of repository of glamour here often.)