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Parallel Princesses: Grace and Diana

Two new movies bring two beloved royals to life on the big screen (and they’re played by best friends Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts)


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Left: Grace Kelly in 1954. Right: Princess Diana in 1996.

1954: Grace Kelly in a publicity still from the movie "Rear Window." 1996: Princess Diana dressed to impress at a benefit ball in Australia. — Moviepix/Getty Images and Julian Parker/UK Press/Getty Images

c. 1953: Grace Kelly, Hollywood star. — AP Images

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Grace exuded a cool elegance, prim, polished and poised — the sort of look that Betty Draper aspires to on TV's Mad Men.

French-born American fashion designer Oleg Cassini, Grace's onetime fiancé, is credited with shaping her signature style: circle skirts, nipped-in waists, sleek sleeveless gowns, furs, pearls, elegant capri pants and the Hermes handbag that still bears her name.

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1986: Diana, the People's Princess. — Getty Images

Diana's schoolgirl chic soon evolved into a sophisticated yet still youthful sense of style, even when donning a matching suit and hat for her royal duties and appearances.

In the 1980s, Diana was fond of gowns that featured the big-shouldered look favored by the cast of TV's Dynasty. But by the '90s, her leaner, more mature figure benefited from sleek, one-shoulder formal wear.

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