Grace Kelly

“To have complete satisfaction with flowers, you must have time to spend with them. I talk to flowers and they talk to me.”

Grace Kelly, American actor and Princess of Monaco, 1929-1982

One of the greatest female stars of classical Hollywood cinema, Grace Kelly appeared in 60 television shows and 11 films, including, most famously, a trio of Alfred Hitchcock movies, including Dial M for Murder, in which she was cast as an “icy blonde.” She wore this dress, an Edith Heald design cut from $4000 of French satin, on the cover of Life magazine and to collect her Academy Award for The Country Girl in 1955. At a photoshoot at the Cannes Film Festival, Kelly happened to meet Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and less than a year later, at age 26, they would marry. As Princess Consort of Monaco, she cut short her acting career, and indeed the Prince banned her movies from being shown in the Principality.

She found other passions, in charitable work and flowers—she founded the Garden Club of Monaco and taught floral arrangement. Her pressed flower art pieces were shown in Paris and became a series of stamps in the 1970s. French luxury brand Hermès named one of its most famous purses the “Kelly” bag, and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Geneva has a sublime Grace Kelly suite, that reflects the Princess’ timeless style. The Ritz-Carlton has also partnered with French perfume house Krigler, whose #12 fragrance, with rose, violet, and lily of the valley, was Kelly’s signature scent.

Tragically, Kelly would die after a terrible automobile accident on the Grand Corniche when she suffered a stroke at the wheel and her car plunged 40 feet off an embankment. She was just 52. Her favourite flower was the rose, and Prince Rainier established a public rose garden on the Côte D’Azure in her memory which grows more than 4,000 roses. 


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