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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)


Left: Princess Grace of Monaco, 1982. Right: Princess Diana on her 36th birthday, 1997.

June 16, 1982: Princess Grace, 52, three months before her death. July 1, 1997: Princess Diana, on her 36th birthday, two months before her death. — AFP/Getty Images and Justin Goff/UK Press/Getty Images

Death

After suffering a stroke, Princess Grace drove off a winding road leading from France to Monaco and her car fell down a steep mountainside on Sept. 13, 1982. Daughter Stephanie, a passenger in the car, escaped with relatively minor injuries, but her mother never gained consciousness and died the next day at age 52.

While being pursued by paparazzi, Diana, along with companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul, suffered fatal injuries after a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997. She was 36.

Special song

Kelly and costar Bing Crosby introduced the popular Cole Porter tune "True Love" ("While I give to you and you give to me/ True love, true love") in the movie musical High Society. The song reached No. 4 on the charts and resulted in a gold record.

Elton John performed new lyrics to "Candle in the Wind," his 1973 hit about Marilyn Monroe, as a funeral tribute to Diana. The opening line was changed to "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts."

Susan Wloszczyna writes about culture and entertainment.

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