On the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the death of Princess Grace Kelly, discover the role of a photojournalist who worked at Paris Match, in the actress’ meeting with Rainier of Monaco.
This Tuesday September 14 marks the 39th anniversary of Grace Kelly’s death. On this occasion, Gala you propose to know more about the love story of the actress with Rainier of Monaco, died April 6, 2005. As a reminder, the lovebirds were married in 1956. In his book Charlene and those funny ladies from Monaco, published in 2010, historian and journalist Philippe Delorme revealed that Father J. Francis Tucker had a leading role in their meeting, but he is not the only one.
Indeed, this famous priest who was originally from Delawere, in the United States, was “oblate of Saint-François-de-Sales” and that “was appointed by Rome parish priest of Saint-Charles and chaplain of the palace”, would, according to the author of the work, “gave the idea” to Rainier from “to marry one of his young Catholic compatriots”. More than that, the religious would have advised the former sovereign prince of Monaco “to agree to receive the future Princess Grace”. In the end, it will be the photographer Pierre Galante working for the magazine Paris Match, which will then have spiced things up. In May 1955, the American actress attended the eighth edition of the Cannes Film Festival. For his part, the photojournalist and husband of actress Olivia de Havilland had confided to his director Gaston Bonheur that he saw the Prince of Monaco as a couple with the star of the film Window on courtyard.
A simple visit to the Palace of Monaco as a starting point
“Grace is every man’s dream. Rainier every woman’s dream. They are both single. It would be great to bring them together in a picture,” he said to his colleague, while the latter replied, with humor: “If it ever works, ask them if they’re okay with getting married!” Finally, Charles Ballerio, the private secretary of the Prince of Monaco, spoke “shown favorable to a meeting” and a photo shoot organized on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival, May 6, 1955, for Paris Match. the Rainier therefore agreed to give Grace Kelly a tour of his palace., especially in front of the excitement of Father Tucker. It will not take more for the actress and the prince to get to know each other and fall in love with each other, then sharing 26 years of their lives, before the princess was swept away in a car accident.
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