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- October 08, 2007
- Vol. 68
- No. 15
Treasures of a Princess
Twenty-Five Years After Her Death, Sotheby's Offers a Rare Glimpse of Grace Kelly's Fashions, Photos and Never-Before-Seen Mementos
HER OSCAR GOWN
"This is not the most spectacular dress that's ever gone to the Oscars," says fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave. "But it's the most emulated dress. Hollywood's A-list blondes are still copying this look more than 50 years later. It's a classic."
Kelly so loved this Helen Rose gown from 1956's High Society, "it was given to her as part of her bridal trousseau," says Cosgrave. "She wore it again on her honeymoon."
As Princess of Monaco, Grace "wore French designers," says Cosgrave, as with this Givenchy suit. "Great couture functioned for her like a uniform."
The future star saved ticket stubs, scripts from her earliest plays (at just 12 years old) and an invitation to the field hockey team banquet. "She was a very good athlete," says Lehman. And later, a killer foosball player. "She used to kick everybody's butt."
ON THE SET ...
OF REAR WINDOW
After years of "audition after audition and more rejection notices than she could keep in a box," says Lehman, Kelly clicked with an important director: Alfred Hitchcock, who directed her in three films (Rear Window, Dial M for Murder and To Catch a Thief). Kelly was popular on the Rear Window set, making friends with costar James Stewart (left, horsing around with a Great Dane), with whom she stayed in touch even after she retired from acting. "They were very good friends," says Lehman. "He used to be at the palace all the time. She loved witty conversation and good jokes."
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