Saturday, April 19, 2014

Oliver poodle fit for princess new pet

Fit for a Princess: The new pet Grace Kelly brought to Monaco

What do our pets mean to us?  In 1956 Grace Kelly arrived in Monaco for her wedding. As her prince escorted her off the ship she was cradling a black poodle in her arms. The dog was an engagement gift from friend and To Catch A Thief co-star Cary Grant. Loving the pets of the person you love can be wonderful.

Grace Kelly was married on April 19, 1956. Their civil wedding was the day before on April 18th.

You see Grace Kelly holding the poodle. 

Cary and his wife had a poodle named April. Grace had played with their poodle at their Palm Springs home. 

"Of her costars Kelly's relationship with (Cary) Grant was one of the most enduring. He and his wife Betsy gifted Grace with her beloved pet poodle, Oliver shortly before she set sail for her wedding. We'll assume that Grace Kelly named Oliver, but don't know that.

"They were there for key moments in Grace's life: her wedding, the ball held for Princess Caroline's wedding in 1978, Grace and Ranier's twenty-fifth wedding anniversary and Grace's funeral."
-- from What Would Grace Do?: How to Live Life in Style Like the Princess of Hollywood (paper or ebook) by Gina McKinnon 

In a 1934 newsreel Hollywood on Parade, Cary Grant goes to meet Virginia Cherrill, who would become his wife. Grant has a dog with him, it's probably Archibald. [They're about 2:20 into the film]

The book, Chaplin's girl: the life and loves of Virginia Cherrill is getting some good reviews.

Archibald was the name Cary Grant chose for his pet sealyham. Grant's real (former) name had been a long-time joke for him and the public. It is said that the dog ran out the door while Grant was carrying Virginia Cherrill over the threshold in 1934. He took large ads in the papers with the dog's name.  A sealyham is a rare Welsh breed of small to medium-sized terrier, usually white, that originated in Wales as a working dog.

In June, 1942, shortly before his marriage to Barbara Hutton, he legally changed his name from Archibald Leach to Cary Grant and became an American citizen.

There are humorous inside-joke type mentions of his birth-name in films Gunga Din and in His Girl Friday, he says, "The last man to say that to me was Archie Leach, just a week before he cut his throat."

Later in his life Mr. Grant and his wife Barbara had cats named Sausage and EQ. The book tells a story of when Quincy Jones came over to the house and laughed when he heard EQ's name. 

This cat had two different colored eyes. Grant told Jones that he didn't even know what the cat's name stood for. Jones told him that in recording music, EQ stands for equalization, but then he laughed and said, "Man, that cat hasn't even got two eyes the same color!"

Jones had composed, orchestrated, and conducted the music for Cary Grant's last film, Walk, Don't Run (1966). He also composed the film score for The Slender Thread (1965) with Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft.

Funny note: On Season four of the Spike TV show Ink Master, there's a contestant, a tattoo artist who goes by the nickname Sausage. His name is Walter Frank. Once in a while I think it may be a good idea to get a cat tattoo from this guy. He's a very good tattoo artist, btw. They had X-Men's Hugh Jackman on this season.

Cary Grant's beautiful daughter, Jennifer is grown up now. In her book, Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant, which is a sort of homage to her dad, she mentions her own dog.  "My dog, Oliver, is named after our mutual nickname, Ollie. In a Cockney accent we could greet each other with,  'ello Ollie! 'ow ya' doin', Ollie? Oliver and baby Cary will look at us sideways, and then my father will never leave again." 

The book is it's fun and refreshing. It's interesting from a fan perspective and it's also well written. A lot of daughters will be able to relate.

Grace Kelly Packing for Wedding to Prince Rainer of Monaco.
Her pet poodle, Oliver looks on....

There are several photo posters of Actress Grace Kelly around the time of her wedding, before and after
photographer, Lisa Larsen :: Buy vintage photo poster

Poster would be a fantastic choice for the wall of a fashionista, clothing/jewelry designer, stylist or photographer....
Different sizes and frame types are available Premium photographic print, an upgrade to the standard photographic print, feature high-gloss premium photographic paper. The result is a unique silver pearlescent finish with visual impact and depth. 

Is a love of animals passed on from generation to generation or are we born with the ability to love and have empathy for other creatures? Either way, encouraging our kids to treat animals with love, kindness and respect is important.

On August 31, 2013, Prince Andrea Casiraghi, second in line to the throne of Monaco, wed Tatiana Santo Domingo. By all accounts there was not a crown in sight. The prince is the grandchild of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco. 

The couple's puppy was a guest and appeared in several of the wedding photos. 

Years earlier, when Grace Kelly went to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco, she received a poodle named Oliver from her friend Cary Grant. The two had recently made the Alfred Hitchcock film, To Catch A Thief. Miss Kelly's pet dogs were among the passengers to accompany her on the ship to Monaco.

Grace Kelly was known to be a dog lover. Oliver the poodle was seen in newsreels and photos. She either did or used to also have at least a Great Dane and a Weimaraner. 

Tatiana, the bride-to-be, celebrated her upcoming wedding on a luxury yacht. She and her bridesmaids wore white and had garlands of flowers in their hair.

"In her classic bohemian style, the bride wore a simple Missoni gown with three-quarter length sleeves and a demure V-neck, raffia- and silk thread-emroidered bodice and a full-length circle skirt with a macrame effect supported by two layers of silk organza. 

"Finishing off her hippy chick look she wore a floral wreath on her head, similar to the one she wore for her hen-do last week."
-- excerpt from Brides Magazine

Video: 50 Years after wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer of Monaco
Beautiful footage -- including Oliver the Poodle
You see Grace Kelly holding the poodle while she is getting off of the ship. Prince Rainier takes the end of Oliver's leash as they get into the car.

1956 Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds
Wedding Dress Photos Original Print Ad Advertising
"The studio presented these stars their wedding dresses:" Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell, Arlene Dahl.

Lovely ladies and animal stars made several Hollywood hits. 
Notably Elizabeth Taylor with her Lassie movies.

Elizabeth Taylor and Lassie 8x10"

Elizabeth Taylor was in Lassie Come Home (1943) and The Courage of Lassie (1946)

Grace Kelly's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6329 Hollywood Blvd.
Her star is near those of Eve Arden, C. Aubrey Smith, Ann Rutherford, Rosemary Clooney, Desi Arnaz and Gordon MacRae

For equal time
Grace Kelly with a kitten
8X10 Photo

Elizabeth Taylor's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6336 Hollywood Blvd.
Her star is near those of Richard Burton and Darryl Zanuck,
Marjorie Rambeau, Arturo Toscanini, Irene Hervey, Kim Novak, Dorothy Lamour, Lillian Roth

Lassie's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6368 Hollywood Blvd.
Lassie's star is near those of Anne Bancroft and Robert Goulet, Paul Henreid, Chris Farley, Andy Devine, Rodney Dangerfield, Jack Benny and Rich Little

To Catch a Thief - Cary Grant Grace Kelly Movie Poster

2015 marks the 60th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief. Will there be a tribute or celebration in your area?

On the Riviera, in the summer of 2013, approximately $136,000,000 of jewels was stolen from The Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, France. The hotel was where Hitchcock had filmed scenes for To Catch a Thief where Cary Grant played a cat burglar.

Some information from:

Evenings With Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best  By Nancy Nelson

The Man From Dream City, by Pauline Kael, New Yorker Magazine, July 1975

Related Pages of Interest:

Grace Kelly Costume Mattel Barbie : To Catch a Prince
Capture those special days in their lives with a beautiful doll in a wedding dress done to the smallest detail and other outfits matched to what she wore including the pearl necklace given to her as an engagement gift from the prince to the Manual of Catholic Devotions prayer book that she carried with her.

Pets in Weddings, Portraits, Dog Ring Bearers, A Cat or Dog Bridesmaid : Dogs in Weddings
Pets in our wedding parties, Cats, dogs other pets walking down the aisle, Making your wedding personal. More people, we read about the celebrities are having our pets if not in the ceremony iteself, in the portraits and photos and at some part of the wedding festivities.

Animals on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Animals on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: Famous Dogs, Character Costumes : Muppets, Godzilla, more.

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