Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
(m. 1995, div. 1996)
Adans Lopez Peres
(m. 2003, div. 2004)
|Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth|
|House||House of Grimaldi|
|Father||Rainier III, Prince of Monaco|
1 February 1965 |
Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, Countess of Polignac (Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth Grimaldi; born 1 February 1965) is the youngest child of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and actress Grace Kelly, and the sister of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and Caroline, Princess of Hanover. Currently the seventh in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne, she has been a singer, swimwear designer and fashion model.
Early life and education
Stéphanie was born to Rainier III and Grace Kelly on 1 February 1965. She is the youngest of their three children, after Caroline and Albert II. Stéphanie was named after her great-great-great-great-grandmother Stéphanie de Beauharnais. Her godparents are her maternal uncle John B. Kelly, Jr. and paternal cousin Elisabeth-Anne de Massy. Her mother, who described Stéphanie as a "warm, bright, amusing, intelligent and capable girl" and a "good athlete", lovingly called her "wild child" (French: enfant terrible).
On 13 September 1982, while returning home from their farm in Rocagel, France, Stéphanie and her mother had a car accident. Grace died the next day, on 14 September, while Stéphanie sustained a hairline fracture of a neck vertebra. Although the official version was that Grace suffered a stroke while driving, it was rumoured that Stéphanie, who had to miss her mother's funeral due to her recovery, was the one actually driving. Stéphanie herself refused to speak publicly about her mother's death until she gave an exclusive interview to Hello in 2002. In that interview, Stephanie discussed the trauma of being beside her mother at the time of the accident. She said, "Not only did I go through the horrible trauma of losing my mother at a very young age, but I was beside her at the moment of the accident. Nobody can imagine how much I've suffered, and still suffer." She also denied the rumors that she was the one driving the car at the time of the accident and not her mother, saying that those rumors were what finally compelled her to speak out. 
Stéphanie is fluent in French, Monegasque, English and Italian. She was educated at the Dames de Saint-Maur in Monaco, and then at the Dupanloup in Paris, France. Stéphanie received her baccalauréat in 1982. During her school years, she studied classic dance and piano, and also competed in gymnastics and horse riding.
In 1983, after her physical recovery from the accident which killed her mother, Stéphanie started an apprentice programme at Christian Dior under the direction of head designer Marc Bohan. The following year, she debuted as a model on the biannual haute couture special published by Spanish magazine ¡Hola!, a venture that she repeated in 1990. In 1985, Stéphanie covered German Vogue and the American edition of Vanity Fair. She also became the spokesperson of the Swiss beauty line La Prairie, for which she was photographed by Horst, and she appeared on the cover of French Vogue, photographed by the late Helmut Newton, in September 1986.
In 1986, Stéphanie launched a swimwear line Pool Position with Alix de la Comble, whom she had met during her internship at Dior. The fashion show to present the line, held at the Sporting Club in Monaco and attended by Prince Rainier III, Prince Albert and Princess Caroline, was a major event covered by the worldwide media. In 1989, Stéphanie launched her own self-titled perfume.
In February 1986, Stéphanie self-produced and released her first single with the French label Carrere, under the production of Yves Roze. The song "Ouragan" and its English version "Irresistible" were both international hits, reportedly selling more than 2 million copies. "Ouragan" is one of the best-selling singles in France of all time. The full album Besoin, released as Stéphanie in some countries, sold more than 1.5million units, with 100.000 in France only. The single "Flash", as well as its English version "One Love to Give", also achieved success throughout Europe. In January 1987, Stéphanie released the single "Young Ones Everywhere" to benefit UNICEF.
The same year, Stéphanie moved to Los Angeles to record a new album. However, it took her five years to release it. The album Stéphanie, released in 1991, met with disappointing sales and negative reviews, despite the promotional tour that included the performance in The Oprah Winfrey Show. Also in 1991, Stéphanie recorded "In the Closet" with Michael Jackson for his album Dangerous, and then ended her music career. The song reached the top ten in the United States but Stephanie was credited on the single under the alias "Mystery Girl" and it wasn't until a few years later that her involvement in the song was revealed. She made a brief return to singing in 2006, when she recorded "L'Or de nos vies", a charity single, along with her foundation Fight AIDS.
Philanthropy and patronages
Monegasque Princely Family
Stéphanie is the president of several associations, including Monaco Youth Center and Princess Stéphanie Activity Center, and is an honorary board member of the Princess Grace Foundation – United States. She has also been the patron of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, which she regularly attends, and the World Association of Children's Friends (AMADE), which was founded in 1963 by her mother Grace, Princess of Monaco. Since 1985, Stéphanie has been the president of the Monte-Carlo Magic Grand Prix and the International Festival of Amateur Theatre.
In 2003, Stéphanie created her own Women Face the AIDS Association, which became Fight AIDS Monaco in 2004, in order to support people living with HIV and to combat the social stigma attached to the disease. Since 2006, Stéphanie has been a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) ambassador. The same year, along with the group of singers, she released a charitable single "L'Or de nos vies". On 26 June 2010, Stéphanie inaugurated, in the presence of Prince Albert, the House of Life (French: Maison de Vie) in Carpentras, Vaucluse, France, which offers both psychological and material aid to persons living with either HIV and AIDS and their families. Stéphanie has organized numerous events, such as auction sales, concerts and galas, to support her foundation.
The couple had two children:
Stéphanie gave birth to her third child:
- Camille Marie Kelly Gottlieb, on 15 July 1998 at the Princess Grace Hospital Centre in Monte Carlo, Monaco
Although she did not identify the father's name on the birth certificate, it has been rumoured Camille's father is Jean Raymond Gottlieb. As her parents never married, Camille is not included in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne.
In 2001, Stéphanie began a relationship with married elephant trainer Franco Knie and moved, along with her three children, into Knie's circus caravan. However, that relationship came to an end in 2002, and Stéphanie and her family returned to Monaco. On 10 September 2003, Stéphanie married Portuguese acrobat Adans Lopez Peres, a member of Knie's circus ensemble. The marriage ended in divorce in November 2004.
|"One Love to Give"||—||—||10||—||1||—||—|
|1987||"Fleur du mal (à Paul)"||16||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Live Your Life"||—||—||—||—||—||9||—|
|1991||"Winds of Chance"||—||—||54||—||—||—||—|
|2006||"L'Or de nos vies" (with Fight AIDS)||5||43||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992||"In the Closet" (Michael Jackson feat. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco)||6||1||1||8||5||23||14||15||9||9||9||10||2||29||25|
Titles, styles and honours
Titles and styles
- 1 February 1965 – present Her Serene Highness Princess Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth of Monaco, Countess of Polignac
|Ancestors of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco|
- "H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie". Prince's Palace of Monaco. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- Hauptfuhrer, Fred (5 April 1982). "Aging Gracefully". People. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Princess Stephanie breaks her silence on the accident that killed her mother". Hello. 11 October 2002. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "The youngest Grimaldi girl". Hello. 1 February 2005. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- Diliberto, Gioia (19 November 1984). "High Intrigue and Haute Couture: the Tainted Troubled Times of Monaco's Princess Stephanie". People. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Princess Stephanie: Her Model's Portfolio". People. 15 April 1985. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Thanks to a Curious 'Family Friend,' Princess Stephanie's in the Swim—and Daddy's in Deep Water". People. 30 September 1985. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Latest news and profile of Princess Stephanie of Monaco". Hello. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- Wass, Andy (5 December 2008). "Mag Hag: Princess Stephanie of Monaco for Vogue Paris". fashionindie.com. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Royalty as Cover Models: Princess Stephanie of Monaco Does Vogue". trendhunter.com. December 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Les meilleures ventes tout temps de 45 T. / Singles". Infodisc.fr (in French). Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Les Certifications depuis 1973, database" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- Hiltbrand, David (9 September 1991). "Picks and Pans Review: Stephanie". People. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Monaco's Princess Stephanie". The Oprah Winfrey Show. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "UNAIDS Special Representative HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco leads creative AIDS fundraising activities". Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. 7 December 2006. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
- "Estefanía de Mónaco y su hija Pauline Ducruet se reúnen con la gran familia del circo". ¡Hola! (in Spanish). 18 January 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
- "Estefanía de Mónaco y Charlene Wittstock, dos mujeres unidas por una misma causa". ¡Hola! (in Spanish). 18 July 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
- "HSH Princess Stephanie, Chairperson of Fight Aids Monaco (FAM), lays the cornerstone of La Maison de Vie in Carpentras". Prince's Palace of Monaco. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
- "World Aids Day – Auction Sale on behalf of Fight Aids Monaco (F.A.M.)". Prince's Palace of Monaco. 1 December 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
- "Fight Aids Monaco (F.A.M.) Summer Gala featuring Christophe Maé in concert". Prince's Palace of Monaco. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
- "Jungle Fight celebrated its second anniversary". Prince's Palace of Monaco. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
- Diliberto, Gioia (7 February 1983). "After Tragedy, a Healing Love". People. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Stephanie Wards Off the Autumn Chill with a Batch of Beaus". People. 6 February 2012.
- Green, Michelle (15 June 1992). "A Princess Reborn". People. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- Barron, James (3 July 1995). "Chronicle". New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Princess Stephanie's pretty daughter Pauline takes centre stage at circus fest". Hello. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Mum's the Word". People. 13 April 1998. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- Hall, Alan (15 August 2003). "Trailer park princess". Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Prinses Stéphanie van Monaco opnieuw getrouwd". Gazet van Antwerpen (in Dutch). 16 September 2003. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "The turbulent love life and marriages of Albert's sisters". Hello. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Andrea Casiraghi". Wikipedia She is rumoured to have sought guidance from Yadavindra Chopra, a spiritual guru from India. (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- Diliberto, Gioia (25 June 1984). "A New Beginning for Monaco's Princess". People. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- Princely family website, Official biography (French) of Princess Stephanie
- Princess Stéphanie of Monaco at the Internet Movie Database
- Princess Stéphanie of Monaco at the Prince's Palace of Monaco
Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
Cadet branch of the House of PolignacBorn: 1 February 1965
|Lines of succession|
Princess Alexandra of Hanover
|Line of succession to the Monegasque Throne||Succeeded by