Grace Kelly, who later became Princess of Monaco, was an American actress who gained recognition for her performance in the film 'Mogambo' (1953), for which she won a 'Golden Globe Award' and an 'Academy Award' nomination in 1954. She subsequently won an 'Oscar' for her deglamorized performance in the lead role of Georgie Elgin in the drama film 'The Country Girl' (1954).
Starting her acting career despite her parents' initial disapproval, she impressed director Henry Hathaway with her theatre performances and earned a minor role in 'Fourteen Hours' (1951). Her first major film role was in 'High Noon' in 1952. In 1954, she starred in two mystery thriller films directed by Alfred Hitchcock: 'Dial M for Murder' (1954) opposite Ray Milland and 'Rear Window' (1954) opposite James Stewart. The same year, she also appeared in 'Green Fire' and 'The Bridges at Toko-Ri'. In 1955, she starred opposite Cary Grant in her final Hitchcock movie, 'To Catch a Thief'. Her final films before retirement were 'The Swan' and 'High Society'. When she left acting in 1956 after her marriage to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, her short filmography included only eleven films, most of which were critically and commercially successful.