The third week of September has been a pretty big one in Hollywood history: from iconic television show premiering to the unexpected death of a Hollywood princess, this week truly has it all. Let’s take a look at the moments that shook Hollywood.
September 14, 1982: Grace Kelly dies.
Grace Kelly was killed in a car accident after having suffered a stroke in Monaco at the age of 52. Princess Grace starred in 11 films and won an Academy Award for Best Actress before retiring to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. She spent the rest of her life dedicated to her three children, Princess Caroline, Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie and her philanthropy work.
September 14, 1985: The Golden Girls premieres.
Receiving critical acclaim throughout its 7 season run, The Golden Girls has gone on to receive legendary status. Starring Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, the sitcom follows the friendship of the four women who live together in their home in Miami, Florida. The show received 68 Emmy Nominations and won 11 of them. 35 years after its premiere, the show is still shown right around the world.
September 18, 1951: A Streetcar Named Desire premieres.
Based on the play by Tennessee Williams of the same name, the film adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire was released on this day in 1951. Starring Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, this movie made Marlon Brando, who was virtually unknown at this point, a leading Hollywood star. It received 12 Academy Award nominations, winning 4 including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The United States National Film Registry recognised the film as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” in 1999 and was selected for preservation.