greyfilm (greyfilm) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Hollywood Royalty (literally)

We throw around terms like "Hollywood royalty," but for a select few celebs that's no figure of speech. Yes, a few famous folks have actually received royal or noble titles during their careers, and they've been on our mind, what with Kate Middleton imminently joining the British royal family and, in a sense, the release of "Your Highness." (lol, wat)

So who can boast a royal status?

Grace Kelly

Obviously, there's Princess Grace, the woman known to film lovers for her work with Alfred Hitchcock, but known to her subjects as Her Serene Highness, the Princess of Monaco. Kelly gave up her film career when she married Prince Rainier III in 1956. Doing so, however, did little to decrease her celebrity worldwide.

Rita Hayworth

Remembered today for her film career, Hayworth's offscreen exploits made big news, especially in 1949, when she married Prince Aly Khan, the son of Sultan Mohammed Shah, Aga Khan III. Hayworth then became Princess Aly Khan. The third of Hayworth's five marriages, this union ended in 1953, with a dispute over whether to raise her daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, as a Muslim or a Catholic.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde is technically an Italian princess - or principessa. In 2003 she married Tao Ruspoli, a prince and filmmaker. Wilde has explained that the title has little effect on her personal life, aside from a being a fun way to make dinner reservations. However, in February Wilde filed for divorce from Ruspoli. She may have to devise a new way to ensure reservations.

Wallis Simpson

Even if you don't know history, seeing "The King's Speech" should have taught you about Simpson, the brash American socialite whose relationship with Prince Edward, heir to the throne of British monarch George V, caused an uproar in World War II-era England. Simpson, who was still married to her second husband when Edward ascended to the throne, never became queen, as Edward abdicated. Eventually, Wallis and Prince Edward did marry, and they became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Queen Noor

Born Lisa Halaby in Washington, D.C., this royal has the distinction of being the only American-born woman to be crowned a queen. She studied architecture and urban planning at Princeton University. Her field of study led to a meeting with the king when she traveled to Jordan to work on the building of the Amman Intercontinental Airport. In 1978 she married King Hussein of Jordan, taking the name Noor al-Hussein. She sat on the Jordanian throne until 1999, when King Hussein died. She has remained active in politics and philanthropy since.

Lee Radziwill

Jackie O's youngest sister and a socialite in her own right, the woman born Caroline Lee Bouvier became a princess in 1959 when she married Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill. During this time she was commonly referred to as "Princess Lee" in the press. Though the couple divorced in 1974, Radziwill has kept the royal surname throughout the rest of her professional life.

Catherine Oxenberg

She's the only celeb on this list born with her royal title, as opposed to marrying to get it. Oxenberg came into the public eye in the U.S. in 1984 when she joined the cast of "Dynasty" to play long-lost Carrington daughter Amanda. However, she was already known in Europe for being a princess and the daughter of Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. Way to class up "Dynasty," Princess Catherine.

A.J. Langer

Oh, Rayanne Graff, who would have guessed? Former "My So-Called Life" star Langer may not be acting much anymore, but she has a good fallback career: as Lady Courtenay. Langer gained the title when she wed Charles Peregrine Courtenay - Lord Courtenay and son of the Earl of Devon - in 2004. "We met in a bar in Vegas," Langer has said. "He didn't know I was an actress. I didn't know he had a castle."

Jamie Lee Curtis

Although born to Hollywood royalty, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis received a noble title when her husband, British comedy legend Christopher Guest, inherited the Barony of Haden-Guest from his father. The two then became Lord and Lady Haden-Guest.

Laura Elena Harring

This Mexican-born actress's greatest role so far has been in the 1999 mindbender "Mulholland Drive." In 1987, she married Count Carl-Eduard von Bismarck-Schönhausen, giving her the title Countess von Bismarck-Schönhausen. Harring later divorced the count but retained her title.

Diane von Fürstenberg

Born in Belgium as Diane Simone Michelle Halfin, this fashion designer married German Prince Egon of Fürstenberg in 1969. Though the marriage produced two children, Prince Alexander and Princess Tatiana, it ended in 1972. Von Fürstenberg is no longer able to use the title of princess, but she kept the last name and arguably made it even more famous by attaching it to her fashion empire.

Barbara Hutton

The socialite known as the "Poor Little Rich Girl" as a result of her vast wealth but dramatic and highly publicized personal life, Hutton married seven times, five times to nobility or royalty. The Woolworth's heiress's first husband, Alexis Mdivani, was a Georgian prince. Then, from 1935 to 1938, Hutton was married to Danish nobleman Count Curt von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Reventlow. From 1947 to 1951, Hutton was married to Prince Igor Troubetzkoy of Russia. And from 1955 to 1959, Hutton was married to Gottfried von Cramm, a baron and tennis star. Finally, she was married to Vietnamese prince Raymond Doan from 1964 to 1966. And in between, she also managed marriages to Cary Grant and Porfirio Rubirosa. Whew!

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