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Grace Kelly and Gene Kelly meet in Monaco, January ,1961.
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Princess Grace and Gene Kelly, 1961.

Credit: Image Donated by Corbis-Bettmann

Throughout the twentieth century, film stars, both on and off the screen, embodied Americans' dreams of a magical world of celebrity and riches. In January, 1961, Grace Kelly, the celebrated Philadelphia beauty who had left a career in Hollywood to marry Prince Rainer of Monaco, greeted fellow Pennsylvanian Gene Kelly the day before he was to perform with the Monte Carlo Opera.

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