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The women in Monaco don’t like me, and so I have to watch everything I say and everything I do because they’re so critical. Grace Kelly
Monaco is a very special event in its own right, and the atmosphere is quite crazy! As a driver you have to stay calm and relaxed and try to do your job. Romain Grosjean
I had been playing beach volleyball all day, painted my nails red, and threw on a green dress. I thought I looked great at the time, but looking back, I realize that my debut into Monaco society should have been better executed! Princess Charlene of Monaco
Monaco: the miniature nation not much bigger than Hyde Park or the French Riviera where one in three residents are millionaires. Inside Monaco: Playground of the Rich I, BBC 2020
But for many wealthy individuals the major financial benefits remain one of Monaco’s biggest draws … The government doesn’t charge any income tax at all. ibid.
The most exclusive event of the Grand Prix weekend will take place high on a rock above the harbour in the Royal Palace … 700 select individuals will get the opportunity to rub shoulders with the Royals. ibid.
When Grace Kelly arrived to marry Prince Rainier in 1956 the world watched the climax of a fairytale romance. One of the biggest stars of Hollywood was sailing into Monaco to join a real-life prince charming. But behind the scenes the principality had fallen on hard times. ibid.
The first rule of yachting: everything is hidden. ibid. steward of large yacht
The Grand Prix itself is a big money-spinner for the country’s economy. ibid.
Without any revenue from income tax, the principality relies on VAT, charging 20% on every sale. ibid.
‘For me they are like crazy children wanting more and more and more.’ Inside Monaco: Playground of the Rich II, dude
Prince Albert has in effect absolute power over one of the richest countries per head in the world. ibid.
Monaco has one of the most extensive and sophisticated CCTV systems in the world. ibid.
As well as its own tax system Monaco also has its own legal system. ibid.
Yacht Show week is a busy time not only for people selling yachts but also the Monaco companies who help the world’s wealthy with the running of their complex affairs. ibid.
Grace Kelly: Oscar winner and one of the world’s best loved movie stars. Her films watched by millions. Her Hollywood movies have stood the test of time but her screen career lasted just five years. Tabloid rumours pursued Grace Kelly throughout her life. At the height of her fame she surprised everybody, swapping her Hollywood royalty for real royalty. But was Princess Grace the one role she didn’t enjoy playing? Grace of Monaco: Hollywood Princess, Channel 5 2020
It was one of the first truly global media events. An estimated 30 million people tuned in. ibid.
Grace was a but of a rebel but took her craft seriously. ibid.
Dial M for Murder … The Country Girl … One of the youngest Oscar winners when she lifted the trophy … She was the toast of Hollywood … To Catch a Thief … High Society … ibid.
He allegedly wanted a large dowry. ibid.
Princess Grace’s wedding dress seems to have inspired bridal fashions for six decades. ibid.
Rumours circulated of tensions in the marriage. ibid.
She also had a minor car crash … Grace had vowed not to drive again after her previous crash but she took the wheel and followed the route that one of her movie characters had driven more than 25 years earlier. ibid.
Grace Kelly: Hollywood Icon. Her legacy remains, captivating audiences in some of the era’s greatest pictures. While she shone on screen, off screen she was a force to be reckoned with. Grace Kelly: The Hollywood Years, Channel 5 2021
High Noon: Aged just 21, Grace was just 30 years younger than Gary Cooper but she created a convincing on-screen chemistry. ibid.
At 28 years her senior, Gable was the first older man Grace had been involved with. ibid.
Hitchcock was already planning their future collaborations. Grace was one of Hollywood’s most popular stars now with nine films under her belt. ibid.