I like how the Toronto International Film Festival rolls. Not only are they showcasing the most extensive collection of Princess Grace of Monaco memorabilia (who was the stunningly talented Grace Kelly before she was married), they have just announced that members of the Monegasque Princely family will be attending the grand opening festivities.
OK, that is pretty damn cool.
Oh Look! A Press Release:
GRACE KELLY EXHIBITION
Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène of Monaco scheduled to attend grand opening event on November 2
Toronto – Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF, and Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox, announced today that members of the Monegasque Princely family will join in the grand opening festivities for Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess. On November 2, 2011, Their Serene Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Monaco will visit TIFF Bell Lightbox to officially open the exhibition and attend a private reception. The exhibition opens to the public on November 4, 2011.
“It is an honour to welcome members of The Monegasque Princely family to TIFF Bell Lightbox. Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess is a tribute to the life and style of one of the world’s most beloved stars and to have Prince Albert and Princess Charlène open the exhibition is a great privilege,” said Handling.
Additional information on the event will be available in the coming weeks.
Exhibition Information Running to January 22, 2012, Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess features rarely-displayed items and artifacts ranging from Grace Kelly’s days as a leading lady in Hollywood to a princess of one of Europe’s oldest royal families. The exhibition features many of her original dresses, a special exhibit around an exact replica of her iconic wedding gown, her signature “Kelly bag” and tiara, along with photos from her childhood scrapbooks and high school yearbooks, letters signed “Affectionately, Hitch,” telegrams from Prince Rainier and her Academy Award® statuette for The Country Girl. Kelly’s personal home movies—shot on Super 8, and featuring her famous friends and family—provide visitors with an extremely rare glimpse into her personal life. Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess is based on the Grimaldi Forum’s “The Grace Kelly Years” exhibition in Monaco, and the Victoria and Albert Museum’s “Grace Kelly: Style Icon” exhibition in London. TIFF Bell Lightbox is the only venue in North America to host elements from these landmark shows and to complement the exhibition with dedicated film programmes.
Launching in conjunction with the exhibition on November 4, TIFF Cinematheques’s film series Icy Fire: The Hitchcock Blonde is a fascinating exploration of the great director’s obsession with the cool, regal blonde goddesses that Kelly played for him in Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief and Rear Window, and December brings a Grace on Screen programme which surveys Kelly’s brief but spectacularly successful screen career from her first small appearances to her most famous starring roles.
Tickets for the exhibition and film programmes are on sale now. TIFF Members get free access to Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess and can purchase additional tickets at non-member prices in person, by phone and online. Non-member tickets are $15 plus tax (child/student/senior discounts available). Combo exhibition / film discounts are offered on the phone and in person only. Tickets for the exhibition are timed-entry. Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Wednesday – 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday to Saturday – 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday – 12 pm to 6 pm, Monday – closed.
Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess, Icy Fire: The Hitchcock Blonde and Grace on Screen are made possible by Presenting Partner, the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC and BlackBerry, and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto.