Exhibit coming to Doylestown looks at life of Grace Kelly

Actress Grace Kelly is shown in this 1956 photo. This is one of the last promotional photos of Grace before she left to wed Prince Rainier in Monaco. Princess Grace of Monaco, died on September 14, 1982 in a car accident. A native of Philadelphia, Grace Kelly's family lived in a house on Henry Avenue in the city's East Falls section.

August 17, 2013 10:46:29 AM PDT
The world thinks of Grace Kelly as a fashion icon, movie star, princess, wife and mother, yet in Philadelphia she's first and foremost remembered as a hometown girl who never forgot her roots.

So organizers of a new exhibit on Kelly's upbringing, Hollywood career and ascent to royalty say it's fitting that the show is making its only U.S. stop in the area where she spent her early years.

"Grace Kelly: Beyond the Icon" opens Oct. 28 at the Michener Art Museum in suburban Doylestown, not far from where Kelly made her professional stage debut at the Bucks County Playhouse in 1949.

On view will be personal photos and correspondence, her 1954 Oscar for "The Country Girl," film clips and home movies, as well as iconic fashions she made famous.