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Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly

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Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly backstage at the 28th Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1956. Neither Grace Kelly nor Audrey Hepburn were nominees at the event in RKO Pantages Theatre. Grace Kelly presented Best Actor Oscar to Ernest Borgnine for Marty, and Audrey Hepburn presented the Best Picture to the same film. That year, Anna Magnani won the best actress award for The Rose Tattoo, and Jo Van Fleet won the award for best supporting actress for East of Eden.

Grace Kelly had won the best actress Oscar the previous year for her role in The Country Girl, and the year before that Audrey Hepburn had won the Oscar for best actress in Roman Holiday (1954). Although you can feel the tension in the above photograph by Allan Grant, two leading ladies got along perfectly in real life. In a month’s time, Kelly will marry Monaco’s Prince Rainier and become Princess Grace.

Allan Grant (1919-2008) was a Life magazine photographer–the last photographer to photographer Marilyn Monroe before she died on August 5, 1962, and the first to photograph Marina Oswald after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

November 17, 2009 at 11:41 am

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  1. I love Audrey Hepburn and each of her films. They are classic and still hold up well.

    lindahuang

    December 21, 2009 at 7:06 am

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  3. i adore that two of the most beautiful women in the world in there time together with elizabeth taylor

    oia

    May 22, 2010 at 4:58 am

  4. Grace Kelly has to be the only woman in the world who could stand next to Audrey, and make Audrey look gawky by comparison! Audrey is gorgeous, of course, and rightly famous for her elegance, but Grace’s composure was otherworldly.

    Flower

    July 10, 2011 at 2:15 am

    • you’ve got that totally backward… nothing at all was otherwordly about Grace, she was 100% All-American and worldly, exactly what Hollywood loves, whereas Audrey was famous for her ethereal appearance, voice, aura, stance, etc. But I was still very pleasantly surprised to see both together. I would have loved to see Aud and Vivien Leigh, Yvonne DeCarlo, Judy Garland, or maybe Lauren Bacall together.

      Chelsea Exotisch

      July 26, 2011 at 6:53 am

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  6. Grace Kelly was an Oscar – winning actress, and e real-life Princess. She’s the epytome of beauty and grace like her very name.
    Audrey Hepburn is beautiful too, but Grace kelly is by far superior than Audrey. Grace was the Royal Swan, always impeccable, stylish, and and with a very virginal face.
    Absolutely Stunning and enchanting, just like her sensual and beautiful voice.
    I think Grace kelly is really the most ethereal creature ever!She was perfect in every way, this due to a huge charisma and to a great personality.
    Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn are my favourite celebrities, but Grace kelly’s features are much more perfect than Audrey’s.
    Grace Kelly the Greatest Icon style!

    Antonio

    April 18, 2012 at 1:35 am

    • You guys are being so rude. Stop comparing the two and having a little discussion about who is more beautiful. That’s what’s so great about these pictures, they were both stunning, and the epitome of class and elegance. Stop making a competition out of everything and enjoy the photograph. Jeez….

      Julia

      May 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  7. You guys are being so rude. Stop comparing the two and having a little discussion about who is more beautiful. That’s what’s so great about these pictures, they were both stunning, and the epitome of class and elegance. Stop making a competition out of everything and enjoy the photograph. Jeez….

    Julia

    May 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  8. Both women were and still are wonderful role models.

    katydid47

    June 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm

  9. Grace Kelly was classy, style, immaculate beauty and heavenly grace: She had them all. She didn’t need to be invented: Grace simply was.

    George

    July 7, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    • Grace was like a lot of actresses of that era who exuded class, style, immaculate beauty & grace, but Audrey was one of a kind, with a charm & beauty that touched more people. Despite Audrey’s face being less perfect than Grace’s, the images taken of Audrey are superior & are akin to the iconic images taken of James Dean, who was not a perfect looking man by any means 🙂 Also the appeal of Audrey (& why she shot to stardom) was in her ‘gamine’ qualities & the fact that she was so genuinely herself, even in her acting

      Toni

      September 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

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  11. Mercy! Audrey Hepburn did kiss Jean Hersholt on the lips! It reminds me of man who kissed his wife on the lips is the cousin of the founder of Bealls.

    V.E.G.

    January 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

  12. Very Ironically, while Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn was in the 1956 Academy Awards, the victim of Sandy Hook, has the same first names as the first and middle names of Grace Audrey McDonnell! Sandy Hook was opened in 1956 the very year of the Academy Awards!

    V.E.G.

    February 4, 2014 at 6:44 pm

  13. […] The photo, featuring Ellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Meryl Streep, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Lupito Nyong’o and Nyongo’s brother (a.k.a. hipster Urkel), will undoubtedly go down as one of the most iconic multi-celebrity pictures of all time. Although it still doesn’t top my favorite Oscars photo of all time, which is Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly backstage at the 28th Annual Academy Awards in 1956. […]

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  15. Thee most talented and beautiful blonde and brunette in film. #Oscar

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    November 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm


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