Channel 5 : 9pm, 27th March 2021
The Grace Kelly story, of the beautiful actress who rose to stardom and became a fifties fashion icon, who then shocked the world when she left Hollywood to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco, is well known. But less well-known is the story of her missing millions. When Grace tragically died, she appeared to have assets of just $10,000 and a ramshackle cottage in Ireland.
Financial guru Gemma Godfrey has looked after the fortunes of the super-wealthy and investigated hidden assets for some of the world’s biggest companies. In this film, she’s on the hunt for Grace Kelly’s missing millions.
The story reveals Grace’s privileged financial upbringing & the difficult relationship with her father; her struggle for self-sufficiency in New York where modelling funded her true love: acting. We reveal her head for business when negotiating her own contracts with studio bosses but also expose the story of sexual double standards, the gender pay-gap & the effect on Grace’s fortunes. As a Princess she had to pay her own dowry then found herself trapped in a gilded cage – worth millions to Monaco yet earning little for herself. And then after her death, we discover how the Grace Kelly name and image continues to generate millions…and who benefits.
For the first time, and with unique access to Kelly family wills and archives, Gemma sifts through documents and crunches the numbers to find out the millions made, the millions lost and where the fortune eventually went.
“A bleak tale of financial mismanagement”
The Sunday Times
“As a working actress Grace Kelly was very canny about her contracts, so what happened to her wealth, asks the finance sleuth Gemma Godfrey”
“An illuminating new documentary…intriguing stuff”
“In a new Channel 5 documentary, forensic accountant Gemma Godfrey delves into the iconic star’s finances, before and after marriage, and tots up the wealth she missed out on”
The Radio Times
“An exciting hunt for the actress-turned-princess’s missing millions”
“Prepare to be outraged by this new documentary about Grace Kelly’s life”
“A very different & untold story of her life”
“The beauty about money is that you can’t hide it, there will be a trail”