Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly made just a handful of movies before transforming from a Hollywood princess into a real life one following her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. Let’s take a look back in the photo gallery above of all 11 of her films, ranked worst to best.
Kelly got her start performing onstage and in television before being drafted by Hollywood to appear in Henry Hathaway‘s ripped-from-the-headlines nail-biter “Fourteen Hours” (1951) when she was just 22-years-old. The next year found her starring as the concerned wife to an imperiled town marshal (Gary Cooper) in Fred Zinnemann‘s landmark western “High Noon” (1952).
She got her first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for John Ford‘s adventure yarn “Mogambo” (1953), playing one of two love interests (along with Ava Gardner) to big game hunter Clark Gable. The next year, Kelly upset frontrunner Judy Garland, who made a massive comeback in the second iteration of “A Star Is Born,” to snag the Best Actress prize for her performance in “The Country Girl” (1954). It was one of five films she released that year, proving the Academy has always loved rewarding ingenues with busy work schedules.
Kelly is perhaps best known for her collaborations with master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, starting with “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” (1954) and leading to “Rear Window” (1954) and “To Catch a Thief” (1955). It’s a shame she retired from the screen in 1956, because she’s just the kind of cool, sexy, whip-smart blonde the director loved to headline his films with.
Though she disappeared from the spotlight, several offers came Kelly’s way during her royal reign, including lead roles in Hitchcock’s “Marnie” (1964) and Herbert Ross‘ “The Turning Point” (1977). Her life was cut tragically short at the age of 53 when she suffered a stroke while driving, causing her to lose control of the vehicle and crash. Her daughter, who was in the passenger’s seat, survived.
Tour through our photo gallery at all 11 of Kelly’s films and see if your favorite made it to #1.
– Original text and gallery published in November 2018.