The truth about not-so-amazing Grace
What is the fuss about Grace Kelly? That may seem a strange question to ask given Kelly’s status as “screen legend”, “fashion icon”, “one of the most beautiful women in the world”, and “fairy tale princess”. Kelly (whose first film with Alfred Hitchcock, Dial M for Murder, has just been re-released) is the subject of a new biopic starring Nicole Kidman. Since her death in 1982, her lustre hasn’t diminished in the slightest.
The Country Girl (1954) is her least characteristic, most downbeat film and she is strangely cast in it. Still in her mid twenties, she played the wife of an alcoholic middle-aged actor (Bing Crosby.) Her character Georgie Elgin wears spectacles and cardigans.
She reads Dreiser and Balzac novels. Stuck in a cramped one-room flat with her self-pitying husband, Georgie is a very long way from the high society that we associate with Kelly.
The theatre director (William Holden) who gives Frank a job blames Georgie for filling him with guilt and making him utterly dependent on her. Kelly beat off formidable opposition (Judy Garland in A Star Is Born, Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones) to win her Oscar.
She gives a strong performance that rekindles memories of Ingrid Bergman as similarly long-suffering heroines in films such as Stromboli and Voyage to Italy.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Independent on SaturdaySimilar Stories