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TIFF announces new Grace Kelly exhibit for the fall

Grace Kelly in the mid-1950s (Image: Photofest)

The TIFF Bell Lightbox is quickly making good on its promise of being the go-to destination for all things film in Toronto—in the last year, it’s launched the 100 Essential Cinema program and its gallery has hosted a Tim Burton exhibit, special commissions from Canadian filmmakers Guy Maddin and Atom Egoyan and a must-see Fellini exhibit (currently on display). Now, TIFF has announced a new exhibit that might just satisfy the royal obsession that seems to be omnipresent these days: Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess.

The show will run from Nov. 4, 2011 to Jan. 22, 2012, and it will feature many of Kelly’s original dresses (as well as a replica of her 1956 wedding dress), her signature tiara, childhood mementos and home movies, as well as personal letters from Alfred Hitchcock and her husband Prince Rainier III of Monaco. While we’re excited to view the original Kelly bag in person, we’re also keen on TIFF’s accompanying two-part film series focusing on iconic blondes of the Hollywood Golden Age. Part one is called Icy Fire: The Hitchcock Blonde, and it will feature several of Kelly’s career-making movies, like Dial M for Murder and Rear Window, as well as non-Kelly classics like Vertigo, North by Northwest and The Birds.

TIFF scores coup with Grace Kelly exhibit [Toronto Star]