Old Hollywood

Desi longs to be glamorous like the actresses in her favorite old movies. Read more about some the stars/starlets she mentions in PRINCESS FOR HIRE.

Elizabeth Taylor

Ingrid Bergman

“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get”

Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman pulled off the acting trifecta–she won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for Best Actress. Her most notable role is that of Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942) opposite Humphrey Bogart. She also displayed some serious girl power (sword action!) in Joan of Arc (1948) and played a lost, Russian princess in Anatasia (1956). Ingrid was known as hard-worker and spoke five languages. Though her career was clouded by a romantic scandal with director and second husband, Roberto Rossellini, she continued to produce quality work until her death in 1982.

Grace Kelly

“The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.”

For Grace Kelly, her life became her movies and her movies became her life.  She was born into an upper class family in Philadelphia and worked as a model before becoming a movie actress.  She played a model in Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart and also appropriately played the part of Tracy Lord, a young Philadelphia woman from an upper class family in High Society. Grace Kelly won an Academy Award for her performance in Country Girl, and starred in Hitchcock classics like To Catch a Thief and Dial M for Murder. Shortly after playing a European princess in The Swan, she left the movies for Monaco, where she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and became a princess near the French Riviera.

Princess Grace founded AMADE, an organization with ties to UNICEF that fights for the protection of the human rights of the world’s children.  Though she  and her husband have passed away, their daughters, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, continue their royal heritage.  Their son, Prince Albert the second, now rules in Monaco.

Audrey Hepburn

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

Playing a princess came naturally to Audrey Hepburn. Her mother was a Dutch baroness. She spoke 5 languages and worked hard to reach her dream of being a professional ballet dancer. Instead, she became an Oscar winning actress known for her charm, talent, & kindness. Born in Belgium, she also grew up in Holland and England, the country of her banker father. She starred in many wonderful movies, including Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s & My Fair Lady.

Besides making a difference as an actress, she donated her last years working as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, a worldwide charity for childen.

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