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Old 01-03-2004, 07:38 PM
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A Lady, First

CHAPTER ONE

A LUNCHEON WITH PRINCESS GRACE

MAY 24, 1961

In the 1960s, Princess Grace held almost the same fascination for the public as Jacqueline Kennedy. Both of these beautiful first ladies led seemingly fairy-tale lives; both had married handsome older men; both had named a daughter Caroline. So naturally the White House staff was buzzing with excitement when we learned the former movie star and her dashing prince would be the guests of honor at a small, informal luncheon with the Kennedys and a few guests.

The setting would be rather different from Princess Grace's first meeting with JFK which had been in a hospital room. In the fall of 1954, Grace Kelly had met Jackie at a New York dinner party. The then Senator Kennedy was in the hospital recovering from painful back surgery, and Jackie had persuaded the classically beautiful actress to accompany her and her sister to the hospital to help cheer him up. They asked her to pretend she was the new night nurse, and after much coaxing, she agreed.

Grace shyly entered his room and introduced herself. JFK, of course, recognized her at once. It had long been rumored that Jack Kennedy and Grace Kelly had nurtured crushes on each other. Knowing the President, he probably enjoyed his wife's natural reaction of jealousy to Grace, and knowing Jackie, I suspect that she got Grace into a nurse's uniform so the actress would not look nearly as smashing as she did in her French designer original.

In a 1965 interview with Paul Gallico for the archives of the Kennedy Library, Princess Grace remembered the hospital prank and also recalled the White House luncheon fondly, particularly one conversation with the President:

"He turned to me suddenly and asked: 'Is that a Givenchy you're wearing?' The astonishing thing was that day, that particular dress just happened to be one.

"I said, 'How clever of you, Mr. President! How ever did you know?'

"'Oh,' he replied, 'I'm getting pretty good at it - now that fashion is becoming more important than politics and the press is paying more attention to Jackie's clothes than to my speeches.'"

(Personally, I think this was a lucky guess on JFK's part, since he knew nothing about haute couture except to complain about its cost!)

Joining the Prince and Princess at the luncheon were several other guests, including Mr. and Mrs. Fred Coe. A well-known director and producer, Fred Coe had been the President's television advisor during the campaign and had given Grace Kelly a starring role in her first TV drama. During a tour of the house after the meal, both the producer and the former actress were intrigued by the Lincoln Room, since the television play had been about the young Lincoln.

I thought everything about the luncheon had gone extremely well until I saw the President in the hallway after the royal couple had left. Throughout the preparations, I had jokingly referred to Prince Rainier as "Prince Reindeer" in all my conversations with the President, and in my memos, too. When he caught up to me, the President was laughing. He said, "For heaven's sake, Tish, don't do that to me again."

"What?"

"Repeatedly call someone like Prince Rainier 'Prince Reindeer,' because at one point at today's lunch I turned to him and addressed him as Prince Reindeer!"

Behind the famous smile, there was a touch of anger, and I didn't blame him. I still had a lot to learn.

Prince Rainer and Princess Grace of Monaco stand in a doorway, flanked by President and Jacqueline Kennedy.
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Old 01-04-2004, 01:59 PM
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Absolutely wonderful pics of Princess Grace and Grace Kelly. She is one of the most beautiful women in history!
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That report is from Brazilian newspaper, I translated but I am not sure tha everything is correct, excuse me if I made some mistake! I don't like those "bolinhos" but she loved!

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The princess and the "bolinhos de bacalhau"*
Aristocratic and beautiful, Grace Kelly adored the meal and she repeated it several times*
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* * Model of beauty, elegance and class for an entire generation of women, Grace Kelly died in an automobile accident; there is not more than 20 years, moving the world. Officially, the vehicle was driven by the Hollywood's ex-actress and then princess from Monaco. It was affirmed that she had a sudden evil, lost the direction and fell down in a cliff with the old Rover of the family. But rumors never confirmed placed in the steering wheel her youngest daughter, Stéphanie, that would drive drunk. The accident happened in the morning of September 13 in 1982. Grace was taken unconscious to the hospital. She had broken the femur and the head. Didn't resist to the wounds and expired 32 hours after, she was with 52 years. Stéphanie, that was 17 years old, just suffered excoriations and survived.
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* * Some said that the place was the same where, almost three decades before, Grace and Gary Grant rotated, in 1954, one of the famous scenes of the film "To Catch A Thief". Others told a different history. They guaranteed that in that local Grace would have sighted the principality for the first time and asked the screenwriter John Hayes, with the false British accent incorporated in the adult age, she had been born in United States: " What beautiful gardens are those "?* 
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* * The fact is that, one year after "To Catch A Thief", movie entirely set at Côte D'Azur, she met the prince Rainier Grimaldi III, supreme ruler from Monaco, he was with 32 years old and needed to marry.* 
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* * If he didn't have heirs, his small and old principality, with just 1,4 square kilometer of area and controlled since 1297 by the Grimaldi's dynasty, it would be incorporated France, in the protectorate condition. Gary Grant demanded the cupid paper, but other people were entitled responsible for the initial encounter. Grace was in Europe to attend the Festival du Cannes. Thanks to her elegance and aristocratic load, she was already considered in the movies a type of princess.* 
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* * Rainier, dazzled with the beauty and the intelligence of Hollywood's actress, invited her to visit his palace. Grace accepted. It was a brief encounter, but definitive. Little time later he asked she in marriage.* 
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* * The nuptial ceremony, accomplished in April 19, 1956, lasted three hours. A television program, with 31 minutes of duration, allowed that 3 million people attended it in the whole world. Grace used a wedding gown that had consumed 110 meters of white silk and surrender. It exhibited a veil interposed of pearls. The necklace and the earrings were also of pearls. The press treated the engaged couple as born people one for the other, as protagonists of a stimulant fairy tale. When returning of the nuptial’s' trip, the bride hadn’t time to familiarity with her new attributions - princess's duties made she say good-bye of her artistic life -, because she was pregnant.* 
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* * The first of the three children was Caroline (1957). Follow by Albert (1958) and the youngest, Stéphanie (1965). The domestic peacefulness lasted until the children turned adolescents. Caroline was unquiet. Albert caused less problems to his parents. In compensation, rebellious Stéphanie provoked them sharps headaches. Mother's task demanded a lot from Grace, but she always found time to help Rainier to govern Monaco, that her husband had inherited of his grandfather in 1949, financial problems. Among other providences, it recuperated the tradition of the "Red Cross Ball", in benefit of Red Cross, attracting ex-colleagues from Hollywood and persons of the high world society. The press didn't stop of speaking about the principality. The deluxe tourism multiplied; the game nationalized in 1957, with the state encampation of the concessionary company, controlled by the Greek trapper Aristóteles Onassis, became a respectable source of income; the financial crisis disappeared. But Grace resembled bored of residing there.* 
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*  Alleging accompanying Carolina, which studied in Paris, she moved to French capital, where she and her husband acquired from a recently-died banker a small palace. They bought it with everything, including the option of maintaining the employees. In that moment, entered in scene the steward Antônio Clara, a Portuguese born in Canas de Senhorim, a small place close to Viseu, in the area of Beiras, that was in the house 12 years ago and will be our indirect source on a subject that his bosses always avoided to speak: the preferences of the Grimaldi's family on table. Competent professional, soon conquered the trust of the princess. He became the most powerful employee.* 
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* * He worked with Grace and Rainier for three years, until moved to Lisbon, where he opened a restaurant and granted a precious deposition to the Portuguese gastronomic writer Manuel Guimarães (À Mesa com a História - something like To the table with the history -* Colares Editora, Sintra, 2000), that we will use to proceed.* 
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* * A bricklayer former-servant's daughter, whose talent for the business promoted to a millionaire manager, Grace lived until the 18 years in Philadelphia, her native city and capital of Pennsylvania. Born in a "cradle of gold", she learned how to savor the best foods of the area of her State, especially the soups - not by chance, Campbell's, pioneer of the marketing in great scale of the canned soups, appeared in the neighbor State of New Jersey--and to appreciate anothers typical revenues, to the base of tomatoes, mushrooms and crabs. In 1947, warting the plans of the family, that didn't look upon with favor a family girl to turn actress, she moved for New York. There she familiarized with the Jewish, Chinese and Italian kitchens. She liked to eat, but it avoided excesses, to maintain the silhouette.* 
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* * When Antônio Clara started to work for the Grimaldis, the princess controlled the menu of the residence of Paris personally, although she never entered in the kitchen. She gave orders to the steward and he transmitted them to the chef.* 
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* * Was in the phase of the franc-italian cookery. The meal always began with a "consommé" or a soup that Rainier invariably refused. The resistance plates were fish or filé mignon, prepared in several ways, roast beef or meatballs with potato puree, bolognese spaghetti or an patty of vegetables that Grace loved. In each place in the table there was a menu in French. The princess disliked waste. She demanded that the food was enough, but not excessive. Someday, she called Antônio Clara a little before the lunchtime and she demanded "to surrender " the meatballs that would come from the kitchen, because an unexpected visit had arrived. When the steward went serve to table, he came across with Frank Sinatra.
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* * Satisfied with Antônio Clara's acting, Grace allowed that him and the woman, both residents in the small palace, received Portuguese friends' visits freely. The most important of the group was priest Neves,* that acted at a parish in Paris. Catholic apprentices, the princess liked the connection between the steward and the priest. The priest talked with the princess on subjects of faith, but it was in a temporary emergency that he helped her. Grace had set time in the hairdresser, placed in Place Vendôme, close to perfected jewelry stores, banks and of the luxurious Hotel Ritz. But her driver had a problem and he didn't appear. She didn't have doubts: embarked in the priest's old Volkswagen, that left in speed and she was punctual in the commitment.

* * Certain day the steward asked - and he obtained enthusiastic authorization - for the chef to elaborate, under his orientation, a Portuguese classic lunch. It was also it allowed to present a deprived of menu's meal for the first time.* 
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* * The Grimaldis sat down to the table without know what they would eat. When the plates went arriving the novelties were revealed. Grace always commented the meals, when they finished. She was clear and frank. After the Portuguese lunch, she said that she and her family had accomplished a profitable gastronomic trip. For more curious than it seems, she adored the "bolinhos de bacalhau".* 
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* * So much that the chef prepared other times the revenue.* 
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* * Antônio Clara described Grace as a common housewife, worried with the domestic budget, interested in the family, happy with the husband, energetic and at the same time affectionate with the children. But today we knew that her life was not a fairy tale. Endowed with great personality, until childhood she determined to correspond the expectations of the other ones and to maintain the appearances. She adored the coexistence with powerful ones and it pursued the success with obsession. When unmarried woman, only dated important men: Don Richardson, teacher of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and actors Gary Cooper and Clark Gable.* 
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* * When she won the better actress's Oscar, in 1954, with the film "The Country Girl", she entered in ecstasy. She had identical reaction when becoming the favorite blonde of Alfred Hitchcok and made, in the same decade, three masterpieces of the master of the suspense: "Dial M For Murder", "Rear Window" and the already mentioned "To Catch A Thief". The marriage with Rainier increased the charm of the true royalty. But the problems with the children became Grace in an unhappy person, woman originating from of a traditionally Catholic family of the called American Central Atlantic. Loved by the 32 thousand inhabitants from Monaco, she didn't only conquer the glory of the altars because Vatican was "made itself of deaf" to the beatification requests guided by her subjects.
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Old 01-04-2004, 07:16 PM
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Great article! :) It was certainly nice reading something we didn't know from Princess Grace.
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Great article! It was certainly nice reading something we didn't know from Princess Grace.
Hi Monaco70s, I'm happy that you liked! It's very interesting to know her gastronomic preferences, hehehehe. Did you ever ate those "bolinhos"? I don't know the name in english, "cod biscuit"? Does it exist?
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Yeah it is interesting to know what she liked. I don't think I have ever eaten the bolihnos :(
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IBL - GRACE KELLY - PRINCESS GRACE OF MONACO AT THE CARLTON HOTEL IN CANNES, FRANCE
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Eek, bolinho de bacalhau. I hate those. :P My mom loves them though, a lot of people do around here.

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Old 01-13-2004, 07:45 PM
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Grace with reddish brown hair
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Old 01-17-2004, 03:38 PM
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Grace With Pretty Blond Curls

Enjoying The French Riviera

Ms. Kelly

Some members sent me personal messages (days ago) and I just want to let you know that I haven't forgotten you. Today, was the first day, I checked my e-mail. So, I will try to answer your messages as soon as possible. I'm truly sorry about this!

Grace and Caroline in 1958
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Caroline, Grace, and Albert in 1976
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Originally posted by Jean@Jan 12th, 2004 - 7:19 pm
Eek, bolinho de bacalhau. I hate those. :P My mom loves them though, a lot of people do around here.

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BTW, Hatsumomo, from what newspaper is it?
From "O Estado de São Paulo"
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Old 01-18-2004, 08:49 PM
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Ah nice. :) Thanks for the info.
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A reminder to please not post images directly to the forum as it drains our bandwidth. We'd like to enjoy LTR uninterrupted this month. Post images as links instead.

Thank you.

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Old 02-04-2004, 07:55 PM
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Sorry Alexandria....Here's the web address: http://www.cover.es/fotoweb/es/default.htm
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I love that picture I believe it's also on Corbis, right?? Caroline was 19 in the picture!! Great sites montecarlo!
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19??? She started smoking that young....Grace and Rainier shouldn't have allowed her to do that.
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Oh no, Grace's wedding gown looks awful! Why is it in the Philadelphia Museum of Art? It should be in Monaco.

http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/con...ts/best/5.shtml
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I just bought a book called ONCE UPON A TIME, it's about Princess Grace and Prince Rainer, and there are some fabulous pictures in there. Will scan when I've got the time. :)
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what great photos Julia....
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My dad did something for the military and in the course of his work I met many heads of state. I met Princess Grace when I was five years old. I told her she was a pretty lady and could I paint her? So she got me some paints and canvases and I painted her picture she oohd and ahhd over it like it was a work of art.Ive always remembered how nice Princess Grace was. I met the whole family and I remember Princess Grace as being very nice and very down to earth. so thats my little gem
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