Friday, October 9, 2009

TCM to Honor Princess Grace

Turner Classic Movies has announced plans to honor the late Princess Grace of Monaco on what would have been her 80th birthday. TCM will be showing all of her movies and viewers will be guided through them by TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne who will feature her most outstanding performances every Thursday night in November though the tribute and the showing of her films will run throughout the month. Among the movies to be shown are "The Country Girl", "Dial M for Murder", "High Noon", "Rear Window", "To Catch a Thief", "High Society" and "The Swan". Grace Kelly was born in 1929, worked as a model and in television and movies before her retirement from the silver screen in 1956 to marry HSH Prince Rainier III of Monaco. She served on the board of directors for 20th Century Fox from 1976 to 1981. Princess Grace died the following year. Her son will be contributing to the special tribute, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco has already voiced an on-air tribute piece dedicated to his mother's career in movies which TCM says will run throughout the month. I look forward to this, seeing some of the movies I have not caught before, though I cannot imagine my favorites ("The Country Girl" and "High Society") being displaced by any. Princess Grace, either as an actress or as consort to the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, was a class act and a superb success at all her undertakings.

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