Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Grace Kelly

Princess Grace, 1956

The American actress-turned-Princess Grace Kelly was born on November 12, 1929. Kelly retired from acting at age 26 to marry Rainier Prince Rainier III in April, 1956. She was photographed by Karsh in September of that year. He wrote: “The animated movie star welcomed me to her New York apartment in blue jeans, with her hair in curlers! Newly engaged to Rainier, the Prince of Monaco, she was in the throes of preparing for her departure for her new life far from the Hollywood sound stages. A few moments later, after running a comb through her hair and quickly changing her clothes, the beautiful woman, and future Serene Highness, emerged.”

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