Other film stars had become tinpot marquises or married dubious princes; Grace Kelly grabbed a real one, or at least as real a version as could have at the time been imagined marrying a film star (it was, after all, an era that could simply not have conceived that the Queen of Spain might someday be a divorced former newsreader, granddaughter of a taxi driver). It's startling to realize that she gave up the life she had made for herself at only 26, her films - just shy of a dozen - made over just five years.
She certainly kept up her part of the deal, flawlessly enacting the part of a devoted, gracious, beloved Princess Consort for some 26 years. And if at all ended messily, and suddenly, and sadly, here in 1966 - just ten years into her life in the South of France - she has no idea.
Today she would have been 85.