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1911 - The Russian Ballet| © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
1911 - The Russian Ballet| © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From "Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book

DID YOU KNOW THAT…? Celebrities and famous Monaco guests

The 1920s - Serge de Diaghilev| © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
The 1920s – Serge de Diaghilev| © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book

The Principality of Monaco has always represented elegance and luxury dating back hundreds of years. At the beginning of the 20th century, Monaco was an attraction for Russian nobility. The Principality’s prosperity, and particularly that of the casinos, was in large due to the Russian community. Since 1909 the Principality of Monaco has hosted its world famous “Russian Ballet”. Since then it has been through several rebirths to maintain its notability and with the arrival of Jean-Christophe Maillot in 1993, the Ballets de Monte-Carlo joined the ranks of the World’s most renowned ballet companies.

1919 - Grand Duke Boris of Russia © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
1919 – Grand Duke Boris of Russia
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book
1930 - Grand Duke Dimitri of Russia © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
1930 – Grand Duke Dimitri of Russia
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book
1925 - The Russian Ballet| © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
1925 – The Russian Ballet| © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book

One of the most amazing fascinations of the Principality was glorified by actor and director Eric von Stroheim, who built a perfect replica of the Place du Casino in Hollywood at the Universal Studios in 1922. His attention to detail thoroughly captured the atmosphere of Monte Carlo for the movie Foolish Wives (Folies de femmes).

The Place du Casino in Hollywood in 1922| © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
The Place du Casino in Hollywood in 1922| © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book

The movie stirred up an American fascination with Monte Carlo, thirty years before the legendary royal marriage that linked the two nations in April 1956, which was Monaco‘s own fairy tale.

Since then, Monaco has become the location of choice for many film directors searching for genuinely dreamlike and elegant settings.

Cary Grant at The Place du Casino in 1939 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
Cary Grant at The Place du Casino in 1939
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book
Louis de Funes in Monaco in 1970 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
Louis de Funes in Monaco in 1970
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book
Yves Montand, scene from the movie „Grand Prix in 1966 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
Yves Montand, scene from the movie „Grand Prix in 1966
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book
Roman Polanski, Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco in 1971 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
Roman Polanski, Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco in 1971
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book

The Principality has had a long relationship with the brightest celebrities and sport personalities. The building of the legendary Monte Carlo Country Club was inspired by Suzanne Lenglen, who was the number one ladies’ tennis player in the world in the 1920’s, dominating the sport by having only lost 4 sets during her 7 year career.

Suzanne Lenglen in Monaco in 1921 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
Suzanne Lenglen in Monaco in 1921
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book

And the Principality cares for its celebrity visitors. Josephine Baker was one such recipient, who was a huge star and possibly the world’s first Afro-American celebrity. After great success, she had greater bad-luck and racial issues and by the mid-1960s, Josephine had used up her entire fortune. A period of dark days overwhelmed her and her children, when Brigitte Bardot and Princess Grace personally came to her help. Bardot helped her financially and then Princess Grace invited her to Monaco, helping with funds raised at galas held in the Principality, offering her a home for life.

Josephine Baker in 1932 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
Josephine Baker in 1932
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book

Amongst the most famous and internationally recognized people to be connected to the Principality was Sir Winston Churchill, who loved Monaco and often visited. As early as 1945, he regularly enjoyed staying at the Hôtel de Paris for Monaco’s famous New Year festivities.

Sir Winston Churchill in Monaco in 1958 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
Sir Winston Churchill in Monaco in 1958
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book
Rose Ball with HSH Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace in 1976 © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
Rose Ball with HSH Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace in 1976
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book

Almost every week there is a new and exciting international event in the Principality and so one can always find something for one’s taste. It is fascinating, and one can observe the enormous efforts that the Monaco Government goes to with its various commitments on an international level, making the Principality an important player in global entertainment and corporate business.

1957 - Monaco Red Cross Gala: HSH Rainier III & Princess Grace © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
1957 – Monaco Red Cross Gala: HSH Rainier III & Princess Grace
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book
1982 - Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O‘Neal © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
1982 – Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O‘Neal © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book
1988 - Liza Minnelli © Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM
1988 – Liza Minnelli
© Courtesy of Monte-Carlo SBM. From “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco book with Wine Pairing Guide” book

Published with the consent of the authors of  “Signature Dishes of the Principality of Monaco with Wine Pairing Guide“​ by Bradley Mitton (Author), Zsolt Szemerszky​.

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