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« on: February 05, 2021, 07:36:45 AM »

Those who follow the Monaco family, how was Grace as a princess?
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2021, 03:34:57 PM »

Personally I can say I thought she did a splendid job.  Her Hollywood connections brought a lot of good attention to Monaco; gave it some glamor.   Grace always conducted herself with such style.   I don't think she realized how difficult it would be to give up her career, but she seemed to (eventually) make peace with that.

I can never forget her funeral, how openly devastated her family was.       
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2021, 03:41:10 PM »

I believe eventually she was deeply loved and cherished by the people but at first they were not welcoming at all.  From many books I've read the "perfect" life was a mirage but she played her roll perfectly.  She worked hard, she didn't disappear for months at a time or try to get attention shaving her head and never looked like an unhappy martyr moping in photo's.  She started the Red Cross Ball that raised millions over the years.  At one time it was the international party of the year, no one missed it.

It's said he was never faithful, was controlling and cheap (the lack of good jewelry seems to prove that).  She spoke of loneliness and how isolated she felt but you certainly don't feel it from photo's.  Until she came along Monaco wasn't on the map.  She brought glamor, attention and charm to the "sunny place for shady people"  IMO she made it the "place" to be seen., now it seems a tax dodge for mega rich and the Russian mafia.   

Jackie Kennedy was very jealous of her and their few meeting were cold.  Ironic tie in, her 2nd husband Onassis and his lover Maria Callas were good friends of the Grimaldi's until he tried to take over the casino and things got ugly fast. 

I think in the end they led separate lives.  Sadly I don't think he apprieciated her until she died, his grief was palpable.

She's been gone so long most people know her for her movies.  She didn't make many but they were all classics still played all the time on cable.  You still just can't your eyes off of her.  Her beauty is timeless.   

IMO she was a wonderful princess, hard working, compassionate and committed to her role. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2021, 03:57:06 PM »

I believe eventually she was deeply loved and cherished by the people but at first they were not welcoming at all.  From many books I've read the "perfect" life was a mirage but she played her roll perfectly.  She worked hard, she didn't disappear for months at a time or try to get attention shaving her head and never looked like an unhappy martyr moping in photo's.  She started the Red Cross Ball that raised millions over the years.  At one time it was the international party of the year, no one missed it.

It's said he was never faithful, was controlling and cheap (the lack of good jewelry seems to prove that).  She spoke of loneliness and how isolated she felt but you certainly don't feel it from photo's.  Until she came along Monaco wasn't on the map.  She brought glamor, attention and charm to the "sunny place for shady people"  IMO she made it the "place" to be seen., now it seems a tax dodge for mega rich and the Russian mafia.   

Jackie Kennedy was very jealous of her and their few meeting were cold.  Ironic tie in, her 2nd husband Onassis and his lover Maria Callas were good friends of the Grimaldi's until he tried to take over the casino and things got ugly fast. 

I think in the end they led separate lives.  Sadly I don't think he apprieciated her until she died, his grief was palpable.

She's been gone so long most people know her for her movies.  She didn't make many but they were all classics still played all the time on cable.  You still just can't your eyes off of her.  Her beauty is timeless.   

IMO she was a wonderful princess, hard working, compassionate and committed to her role. 
Thank you this is amazing! So she was also a compassionate woman as well? It seems like it with the Christmas parties for the orphans only. It’s been said that Grace and Diana are both the standards when it comes to being the “perfect” princess(in terms of their role).

Yeah her life wasn’t the fairytale life people think it was. She was deeply unhappy and wanted to act again.
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2021, 05:24:03 PM »

My memory of Grace is that she was flawless in her role as First Lady of Monaco and she supported the ballet and literary prizes and charities and did all those rich lady things that didn't really exist there. She was also a very hands on mother and spoke to her children in English and they are the royals who have flawless accents in English (I will add Queen Margrethe and Prince Joachim to the list). She kept American citizenship and an American bank account and an eye on what was happening in the US. There were stories that she wrote checks on the down low to people and orgs who needed the money. She kept up her Hollywood friendships with people like Jimmy Stewart and Gregory Peck but that is a whole different scene than the tacky stuff nowadays. She was grace personified and I think mostly a what you see is what you get person. Very religious too. Her death shocked and saddened everyone. I don't know anyone in the US who calls her anything but Grace Kelly since she was "ours".
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2021, 06:43:33 PM »

My memory of Grace is that she was flawless in her role as First Lady of Monaco and she supported the ballet and literary prizes and charities and did all those rich lady things that didn't really exist there. She was also a very hands on mother and spoke to her children in English and they are the royals who have flawless accents in English (I will add Queen Margrethe and Prince Joachim to the list). She kept American citizenship and an American bank account and an eye on what was happening in the US. There were stories that she wrote checks on the down low to people and orgs who needed the money. She kept up her Hollywood friendships with people like Jimmy Stewart and Gregory Peck but that is a whole different scene than the tacky stuff nowadays. She was grace personified and I think mostly a what you see is what you get person. Very religious too. Her death shocked and saddened everyone. I don't know anyone in the US who calls her anything but Grace Kelly since she was "ours".
I think she did more than the "rich lady things". She helped the American Red Cross, Orphanages, ect...
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2021, 09:05:26 PM »

That's what I mean. Monaco didn't have the tradition of women's auxiliary and social groups. She set those things up and supported them. And yes that was rich lady stuff back in the day. Ladies of wealth and education who had the time to devote to supporting those institutions.
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2021, 09:33:25 PM »

My memory of Grace is that she was flawless in her role as First Lady of Monaco and she supported the ballet and literary prizes and charities and did all those rich lady things that didn't really exist there. She was also a very hands on mother and spoke to her children in English and they are the royals who have flawless accents in English (I will add Queen Margrethe and Prince Joachim to the list). She kept American citizenship and an American bank account and an eye on what was happening in the US. There were stories that she wrote checks on the down low to people and orgs who needed the money. She kept up her Hollywood friendships with people like Jimmy Stewart and Gregory Peck but that is a whole different scene than the tacky stuff nowadays. She was grace personified and I think mostly a what you see is what you get person. Very religious too. Her death shocked and saddened everyone. I don't know anyone in the US who calls her anything but Grace Kelly since she was "ours".
I'm a huge Jimmy Stewart fan and every account of him is that he was one of the nicest guys in Hollywood.
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2021, 09:56:26 PM »

To me she seemed flawless.  A beautiful woman, inside and out.  The personification of beauty, style, grace, kindness, and class. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2021, 09:58:25 PM »

That's what I mean. Monaco didn't have the tradition of women's auxiliary and social groups. She set those things up and supported them. And yes that was rich lady stuff back in the day. Ladies of wealth and education who had the time to devote to supporting those institutions.
Oh I see and you are right! Her legacy continues to this day!
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2021, 11:14:09 PM »

The most beautiful princess bride in the loveliest dress I have ever seen.
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2021, 03:49:54 AM »

Is there a reason why despite all the great things Caroline has done as first lady of Monaco, Grace still made a bigger impact and larger influence and beloved?
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2021, 04:35:25 AM »

That's an interesting question!

  I'm not sure Caroline inheirited Graces charm and down to earth personality, Grace was loved like family,  we felt we knew her.  She had that musical voice and a happy laugh, the Irish twinkle in her eye, you'd love her as a neighbor.   A classy lady that could tell a great dirty joke, kick off her shoes and help in the kitchen.  Caroline is my age, I've always liked her but she has never hit me as warm and open, just a princess aware of her station.  Just my read, personality wise, Caro is her father's daughter, Al is his mother's son, totally polar opposite personalities.  JMO

I feel Caroline should get credit for holding the family together after Grace died.  Rainier was totally devastated and in no condition to carry any responsibilty, Al has always been weak, Stephanie was badly injured, someone had to get a grip and it was her.  All the plans, decisions, hard choices,  I believe were hers for months if not years.    I'll always believe she would have been a better ruler than Al.  But boy does she have bad taste in men!! 

Bottom line to the question, Grace was a bona fide international film icon, Caroline is just another princess of a country people can't find on the map.
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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2021, 06:40:15 AM »

That's an interesting question!

  I'm not sure Caroline inheirited Graces charm and down to earth personality, Grace was loved like family,  we felt we knew her.  She had that musical voice and a happy laugh, the Irish twinkle in her eye, you'd love her as a neighbor.   A classy lady that could tell a great dirty joke, kick off her shoes and help in the kitchen.  Caroline is my age, I've always liked her but she has never hit me as warm and open, just a princess aware of her station.  Just my read, personality wise, Caro is her father's daughter, Al is his mother's son, totally polar opposite personalities.  JMO

I feel Caroline should get credit for holding the family together after Grace died.  Rainier was totally devastated and in no condition to carry any responsibilty, Al has always been weak, Stephanie was badly injured, someone had to get a grip and it was her.  All the plans, decisions, hard choices,  I believe were hers for months if not years.    I'll always believe she would have been a better ruler than Al.  But boy does she have bad taste in men!! 

Bottom line to the question, Grace was a bona fide international film icon, Caroline is just another princess of a country people can't find on the map.
I love this comment! Even through pictures and videos Grace seemed really friendly and had humility and tried her hardest to do well as Princess of Monaco. I guess its different when you become a royal as opposed to being a royal. Caroline seems imo not as warm but very stoic which isn't bad but I can see why Grace was more loved since she seemed more warm hearted whereas to me Caroline is all about being a princess and a fake HRH.
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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2021, 08:50:48 AM »

My memory of Grace is that she was flawless in her role as First Lady of Monaco and she supported the ballet and literary prizes and charities and did all those rich lady things that didn't really exist there. She was also a very hands on mother and spoke to her children in English and they are the royals who have flawless accents in English (I will add Queen Margrethe and Prince Joachim to the list). She kept American citizenship and an American bank account and an eye on what was happening in the US. There were stories that she wrote checks on the down low to people and orgs who needed the money. She kept up her Hollywood friendships with people like Jimmy Stewart and Gregory Peck but that is a whole different scene than the tacky stuff nowadays. She was grace personified and I think mostly a what you see is what you get person. Very religious too. Her death shocked and saddened everyone. I don't know anyone in the US who calls her anything but Grace Kelly since she was "ours".

You forgot to add that she had affairs with Gary Cooper, William Holden and Ray Milland.....all who were married. After Milland wanted to leave his wife for Grace the press started labeling her a home wrecker.. She also had affairs with Clark Gable and Bing Crosby.
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