Actor Jack Hawkins was born on September 14, 1910 - 18 July 1973) in Middlesex, England. Although he had appeared in several films during the 1930s, it was only after World War II that he began to build a successful career in the cinema and often played stern but sympathetic authority figures in films like Angels One Five, The Cruel Sea, and The Long Arm. From the late 1950s, he mostly appeared in character roles, often in epic films like Ben-Hur, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Lord Jim, Oh, What a Lovely War and Zulu. For The Bridge on the River Kwai, he had to persuade good friend Alec Guinness to take the lead role, which would ultimately win Guinness an Oscar.Hawkins was married to actress Jessica Tandy from 1932 to 1940. A three-pack-a-day smoker, Hawkins began experiencing voice problems in the late 1950s; unknown to the public he had undergone cobalt treatment in 1959 for what was then described as a secondary condition of the larynx, but which was probably cancer. In December 1965, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. His entire larynx was removed in January of the following year; thereafter his performances were dubbed. Following an unsuccessful operation to fit him with an artificial voice box, he died at St Stephen's Hospital, London, on July 18, 1973. He was cremated and interred at the Golders Green Crematorium, London.
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On September 14, 1982, actress Grace Kelly died. She was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Grace Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions as well as in more than forty episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. In October 1953, with the release of Mogambo, she became a movie star, a status confirmed in 1954 with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination as well as leading roles in five films, including The Country Girl, in which she won the Oscar for best actress. On April 18, 1956, she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and became The Princess of Monaco. She retired from acting at 26 to enter upon her duties in Monaco. She died on September 14, 1982, when she lost control of her automobile and crashed after suffering a stroke. Her daughter Princess Stephanie, who was in the car with her, survived the accident. Princess Grace is buried at the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Monte Carlo, Monaco.