On this date GEORGE EDWARD KELLY was born in Philadelphia. Although better known as the uncle of the future Princess Grace of Monaco, Kelly was a successful Broadway playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor.Kelly won the Pulitzer Prize in 1925 for his play Craig’s Wife. The play served as the basis for the 1950 Joan Crawford film Harriet Craig.
Notable actors who appeared in works by Kelly include Alison Skipworth, Josephine Hull, Lee Tracy, Tallulah Bankhead, Spring Byington, Joan Blondell, Ina Claire and Rosalind Russell.George maintained a fifty-five-year relationship with his lover William Weagley up until his death. Weagley was seemingly passed off often as George’s valet. Although Weagley was not invited to the funeral, he managed to sneak inside and sat in a back pew, where he wept.