The home of the late actress Grace Kelly, who became Princess of Monaco after a career in movies that included an Oscar in 1955 for Best Actress for her performance in “The Country Girl,” will reopen to the public.
People magazine quotes Monaco’s Prince Albert saying the Philadelphia home of his mother will open “in 2018 — possibly earlier.”
“The refitted 6-bedroom brick colonial — which the prince purchased in the fall — will house regional offices for the Princess Grace Foundation and a U.S. extension of Monaco’s Princess Grace Irish Library,” People reports. “Built in 1935 by Albert’s grandfather John B. Kelly, the three-story family home where Prince Rainier proposed to actress Grace Kelly will also accommodate public visits once renovation is complete.”
Kelly was one of Hollywood’s top actresses in the ’50s, earning her first Academy Award nomination for “Mogambo” in 1954 and appearing in the Alfred Hitchcock classics “Dial M for Murder,” “Rear Window” and “To Catch a Thief” along with the acclaimed 1952 Western “High Noon.”
She left her Hollywood career behind when she married Prince Rainier III in 1956 to begin a new life as Princess of Monaco. She was killed in a car crash in 1982 after reportedly suffering a stroke while driving near Monaco.
Prince Albert said of plans to reopen the restored house, which is located in a residential neighborhood: “While it is a historical landmark, I don’t think that a dedicated museum is the right avenue to take. There will, though, be any number of events which will facilitate public viewing.”
Here’s a scene from “High Society” featuring Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby …