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Grace Kelly: in her own words

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As Alfred Hitchcock's ultimate blonde, Grace Kelly was renowned for beauty and starring in Dial M for Murder, To Catch A Thief and Rear Window.

The actress was born in 1929 and began her career in Hollywood in 1950 when she was just 20, quitting the business after six years when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Despite her short time on the silver screen, not only did she star in some of Hitchcock's most iconic movies, she was nominated twice for an Oscar, one of which she won for her role in The Country Girl.

At the end of 1955, Kelly got engaged to Prince Rainier III, whom she had met while she was in Cannes the previous April. Upon hearing about her engagement, Hitchcock quipped that he was "very happy that Grace has found herself such a good part".

She married the Prince in 1956 and became the Princess of Monaco.

In the lead up and during the ceremony, which took place in Monaco, there was massive media attention, with many calling it the wedding of the century. Kelly's iconic wedding dress was designed by MGM's Academy Award–winning Helen Rose, and was worked on for six weeks by three dozen seamstresses.

Kelly had three children with the Prince and in 1982 she died in a car crash, aged 52, after she had a stroke while driving.

Now as Grace of Monaco is about to hit the big screen, with Nicole Kidman taking on the title role, we take a look at the stunning beauty's classic quotes along with some of her most iconic images.

(Images: Rex Features)

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "Women's natural role is to be a pillar of the family."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "Getting angry doesn't solve anything."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "Emancipation of women has made them lose their mystery."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "I don't want to be married to someone who feels inferior to my success or because I make more money than he does."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "I don't want to dress up a picture with just my face."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "Other women looked on me as a rival. And it pained me a great deal."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "As an unmarried woman, I was thought to be a danger."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "For a woman, forty is torture, the end."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "If anybody starts using me as scenery, I'll return to New York."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "I don't like yelling and fighting, and I can't quarrel."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "At times I think I actually hate Hollywood. I have many acquaintances there, but few friends."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "I would like to be remembered as someone who accomplished useful deeds, and who was a kind and loving person. I would like to leave the memory of a human being with a correct attitude and who did her best to help others."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "Hollywood amuses me. Holier-than-thou for the public and unholier-than-the-devil in reality."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "My real difficulty was to become a normal person again, after having been a movie actress for so long. For me, at the time I was living in New York and Hollywood, a normal person was someone who made movies."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "When I married Prince Rainier, I married the man and not what he represented or what he was. I fell in love with him without giving a thought to anything else."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "My love of flowers opened a lot of doors for me. I've made many friends because of their passion of flowers and their vast knowledge in this field."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "Fairy tales tell imaginary stories. Me, I'm a living person. I exist. If the story of my life as a real woman were to be told one day, people would at last discover the real being that I am."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "I avoid looking back. I prefer good memories to regrets."

  • Grace Kelly: in her own words

    "I'm basically a feminist. I think that women can do anything they decide to do."