Princess Grace

Nicole Kidman was stirring feathers as Princess Grace in Cannes this week. It reminded me that one of Priscilla’s lovers in Occupied France, the Belgian racing ace Emile Cornet, became Princess Grace’s press secretary after war, causing an international hullabaloo in March 1962 when he broke the news that Grace was to return to the screen to star in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Marnie”. Cornet had to rescind the announcement almost immediately after conservative Monaguesques, led by Prince Rainier’s mother, discovered that in the most controversial sequence the outwardly frigid bride was to be assaulted on honeymoon by her husband (Sean Connery). They objected to their princess demeaning herself by playing the role of a cool and beautiful blonde rape victim who was a forger, a kleptomaniac and a liar, and whose sexual problems stretched back to her dysfunctional childhood.

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