Grace Kelly's Grandniece Is Reprising the Princess's First Professional Acting Role
- Grace Kelly's first professional role was in a play called The Torch-Bearers, back in 1949.
- Kelly's grandniece, Ginna Le Vine, is reprising the role at the very same theater.
Before she starred in the likes of Rear Window and To Catch a Thief, a 19-year-old Grace Kelly made her professional acting debut in The Torch-Bearers, a play written by her uncle George Kelly. Now, a full 70 years later, Grace's grandniece Ginna Le Vine is reprising her leading role in the production.
Le Vine, an actress who's appeared in the TV show Blue Bloods, will play Florence McCrickett in two performances of The Torch-Bearers: March 11 at New York City's Westside Theatre, and March 13 at Pennsylvania's Bucks County Playhouse. The latter theater is where Grace Kelly played the role.
Grace Kelly, circa 1945.
"The Playhouse launched the careers of an extraordinary group of actors—none more iconic than Grace Kelly," Alexander Fraser, the play’s producing director, told the Burlington County Times. "We’re thrilled to bring George Kelly’s hilarious take on amateur theatricals back to the Playhouse, and continue our tradition of having a Kelly onstage in a Kelly play."
For her part, Le Vine is likely happy to reprise the late Princess of Monaco's role—although she clarified to Town & Country in 2016 that she's not keen on riding Kelly's coattails. "I want to earn everything I get, and I want to work toward my own career," she said. "That said, I'm not ashamed. Grace is a part of my family. It's just a fact of who I am."
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.