Princess Grace left Hollywood on a high note, getting out before she had a chance to see her career falter, avoiding the clichés of grim determination seen in steely stars like Joan Crawford or Bette Davis, the boring domesticity of other fifties stars such as June Allyson, or the tragic fate of a love goddess like Marilyn Monroe. While Kelly won an Oscar for her portrayal as the wife in The Country Girl in 1954 (a controversial choice as she was up against Judy Garland for A Star is Born), her star rose higher in retrospect in tandem with Alfred Hitchcock’s. She appeared in three of his films: Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief in 1955.
Kelly ispresumed to have been Hitch's favorite actress, the archetypal “cool blonde” of his obsession. Donald Spotto (The Dark Side of Genius) reads Vertigo as a key to both Hitchcock’s personality and his obsession with Kelly; the actresses that he employed after her, such as Kim Novak in Vertigo, were rebound-romances for Hitchcock — he replaced her with lookalikes in an attempt to replace his beloved.
Hitchcock’s genius was to reveal the shadows in the iconic images of Cary Grant, James Stewart, and Grace Kelly. (She and Grant are a match of amoral schemers in To Catch a Thief.) Often noted is his reveal of Grace Kelly’s sexuality from under the surface of her cool, proper, glamorous, and even slightly forbidding exterior in both Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. Yet, as noted in many Hollywood tell-all books (such as Oleg Cassini’s), Kelly was noted for being a very sexual woman, reportedly having affairs with William Holden, Oleg Cassini, Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, and others.
As I recall from reading James
Spada’s Grace: The Secret Lives of a
Princess many years ago, most of Grace Kelly's affairs were intense and often doomed
for one reason or another. Moreover,
they played out as behind-the-scenes
With her sun sign in Scorpio, the predominant themes of her life are sex, death, and secrets, and her cool-exterior-with-sexual-undertones typifies a Scorpio personality. She has the ability to perform flawlessly as a public figure, subsuming her ego to serve her obligations to others. Her sexuality is tangible, yet discreet. Her tragic death in a car crash on the Esterel colors everything until the next time you see her in High Society cavorting with Crosby and Sinatra or in High Noon, where she is betrothd to Gary Cooper.
Kelly may have looked like a blond goddess but her
personality roiled with emotions. Kelly’s moon is in Pisces, a sign often
associated with actors and other performers.
Their access to deep human emotions, intuitive natures, and essential
guilelessness make Pisceans attractive to others. The Piscean nature can also be
self-destructive, with forays into addiction and other acts of emotional
suffering. Scorpion secrecy and
discretion can also manifest itself as duplicity, cunning, and even con
artistry; her Pisces moon would have tempered this quality while its tendency
to self-destruction would have been bolstered by the Scorpion ability to look
after herself. She could make shrewd decisions in her own best interest -- her
decision to leave Hollywood while on top is an example.
At her best, the theatrical, open, kind
Pisces side would have been her visible face (the ascendant being the outward
side of a person) with her complex Scorpio nature a facet of her personality
revealed as one got to know her. With many planets in Scorpio, these
characteristics would have been very prominent. With Mercury in Scorpio, her
thoughts, opinions, and communications with others would have been intense,
emotional, and passionate, though perhaps not easily shared. With Mars in
Scorpio, her ambition and energy would also have been led by her emotions—in
other words, she was not really a person of cool detachment, which is probably
why she was so captivating to Hitchcock—but she kept her plans to herself. She probably surprised people with her
decisions because she would not have revealed the motivations behind them; as I
recall, people were shocked by her decision to leave
With a grand
trine of water signs -- Cancer in her ninth house of higher thought, Pisces in her
fifth house of creation and pleasure, and Scorpio in her first house of self -- Grace Kelly's thoughts, feelings, creative life and family life were successfully guided
by the hand of deep, instinctual, complex, and compassionate feelings. With Saturn in Sagittarius, her work and
obligations in life would have been primarily made up of light pleasures,
socializing, and fun, though they would have sometimes felt like burdens to her. Her Saturn indicates serious work and discipline. Her midheaven in Leo assured her of
self-confidence and a healthy ego; she liked to be admired.
However, the key to her captivating
presence—she was not merely beautiful but moved, spoke, and smiled with élan
and power— is indicated by the
placement of Venus in Libra in her twelfth house of her fate and powerful
unconscious forces. This is an archetypal
placement with the feminine planet in the sign of beauty, balance, charm,
romance, marriage, negotiation, and whimsy, and adds the dimension of an
eternal, fated quality of her beauty as well as to her marriage. She not only possessed these qualities, she
is the virtual definition of them: her
name, Princess Grace, is as much a description of a feminine quality as a real
name. Her marriage was seen as a fairy tale ending for the life of a fairy tale
princess. Her years living with protocol and obligations in a castle, high on a
It is often speculated that
-- Stephanie Brown