Ladd also recognized a similarity between her early career and Kelly's, helping to recreate the character realistically on screen.
“Going to acting classes, making commercials to get by, and taking small parts to gain experience while struggling for that big role, are all things I could identify with,” noted Ladd.
When broadcast in February, 1983, critics responded well to “The Grace Kelly Story.” But the best tribute came from Monaco.
“The word we got back was that in his bereavement, the prince would watch it over and over and thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Ladd. “We couldn’t ask for higher praise.”
Today, Ladd and Russell remain busy acting, writing, and producing. Russell recently published his first novel, “Scribe” (see www.scribewriter.com), while Ladd’s independent film “The Perfect Wave,” is due to be released in the U.S. on July 11 (see www.cherylladd.com).
While Kidman’s “Grace of Monaco” has yet to be released in the U.S., Ladd’s “The Grace Kelly Story” was re-released as simply “Grace Kelly” on DVD in 2012. Since May, it has been available through Amazon by HD digital download on all player streaming platforms.
Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., and has written features, columns, and interviews for over 400 magazines and newspapers.