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Princess Grace to Star in Hitchcock's "Marnie"

Mar. 19, 1962 - Princess Grace of Monaco, the former Grace Kelly of Philadelphia, will return to motion pictures this summer when she makes a film under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock. In a brief announcement from the palace at Monaco, a spokesman for Prince Rainier said that the picture would be made in the U.S. beginning late this summer and that the Princess would return to Monaco in November. It will be her first motion picture since she was married to Prince Rainier on April 19, 1956. The picture, “Marnie,” will be based on an English suspense novel by Winston Graham. Princess Grace has previously made three films under Mr. Hitchcock’s direction: “Rear Window” (1954), “Dial M for Murder” (1954), and “To Catch a Thief” (1955). According to UPI, friends of the Princess said that she had agreed to make “Marnie” out of friendship for Mr. Hitchcock and had no intention of resuming a regular movie career. Reached on location in Santa Rosa, Calif., where he is filming “The Birds,” Mr. Hitchcock said that he would “greatly enjoy making a movie with Miss Kelly again” and that “she is a wonderful actress.”

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