02/24/2011 04:47 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Grace Kelly Goes To The Oscars (PHOTOS)

Charlize Theron and Halle Berry weren't the first actresses to score Oscar nominations by stripping away their glam personas and digging into ugly roles: In 1954's The Country Girl, the stunningly beautiful Grace Kelly played the bitter, older-than-her-years wife of a washed-up alcoholic actor (Bing Crosby), and greatly impressed the Academy. The following year, the 25-year-old was on the ballot for Best Actress, alongside heavy favorite Judy Garland (A Star Is Born), Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones), Audrey Hepburn (Sabrina), and Jane Wyman (Magnificent Obsession).

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