The made-for-TV movie, starring Cheryl Ladd, looks at Grace's life from her childhood in Philadelphia until to her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco. It depicts Grace's struggles as a young actress in New York and her struggles to be taking seriously in movies before landing roles in classics such as 'High Noon' and 'Mogambo'.
Cheryl Ladd as Grace at the 1954 Acadamy Awards where she won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a housewife married to an actor trying to save his career following their son's death in 'Country Girl'.
The movie glosses over Grace's brief romance with her 'Mogambo' co-star Clark Gable and French-born American fashion designer Oleg Cassino who she might have married had it not been for her parents' disapproval. Grace's courtship with Prince Rainier is an enjoyable part of the movie with real footage used of Grace arriving in Monaco the day before the wedding.
The most enjoyable aspect of the movie was Grace's relationship with her father John B. Kelly whom, it is said, she always sought approval from. Kelly was a three-time Olympic gold medallist and their relationship was strained at times owing to her father's inability to express his love for his daughter. Lloyd Bridges does an excellent job as John.
The movie is on regularly if you would be interested in watching it on channels such as Sony Movies and is available to buy at Amazon. If you're looking for complete historical accuracy this might not be for you but if you enjoy the story of an American girl who became a Hollywood star and a Princess it's well worth a watch!
We'll be taking a look at Grace's royal life in the near future.