Apparently, Alfred Hitchcock (upon hearing about Grace's imminent wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco) said: "I'm very happy that Grace has found herself such a good part..."
Grace Kelly was nothing short of the epitome of perfection. These rare unpublished photos of a princess-to-be (courtesy of LIFE), depict some wonderfully candid moments. From an assistant keeping her petticoats from getting muddied as she was leaving the Hollywood studio lot for the last time, to photos of Grace carefully selecting and packing her extensive trousseau before moving to Europe, with her poodle Oliver looking on in bemusement...
|The newly-engaged Grace Kelly|
|The couple, 1956|
The studio gave Grace the twelve costumes she wore in the film High Society... to keep! From tapered trousers to beautiful evening gowns.
|Unidentified seamstress with the veil|
|Finishing touches on the lace and pearl-studded prayer book|
|Gift shopping inside Cartier, New York|
|Bidding farewell to her fans in NYC|
|Grace Kelly stands with her mother, Margaret Majer Kelly|
|Bound for Monaco aboard the S.S. Constitution|
|Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier the day before the wedding|
|At the alter|