Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth Grimaldi was born on February 1, 1965 into the royal family of Monaco. Being the daughter of movie legend Grace Kelly and prince Rainier III, Stéphanie was no stranger to fame. But being a princess wasn’t enough, she wanted to become a pop star as well.
In March of 1986, Stéphanie released her debut single “Ouragan”, which became a number one hit in France. The euro disco track was also released in an English version, “Irresistible”, which became a hit in both Germany and Austria.
Later that summer, Stéphanie’s debut album “Besoin” was released, produced by Yves Roze. In some countries it was titled “Live Your Life” and included English versions of some of the French songs. The album sold well in Europe and reached number six in both the French and Swedish album charts.
The next single taken from the album was “Flash”, which became a number four hit in France. The English version, titled “One Love To Give”, was a number one hit in Sweden and reached number ten in Germany.
The success continued in 1987 when Stéphanie released three more singles from the “Besoin” album: The ballad “Fleurs Du Mal (À Paul)”, the UNICEF charity single “Young Ones Everywhere” and finally “Live Your Life”, which was remixed for its single release and peaked at number nine in Norway.
The same year, Stéphanie left Europe for Los Angeles where she started working on her second album, simply titled “Stéphanie”. However, it wasn’t released until 1991. The new album had a more mature pop-rock sound and Stéphanie had co-written most of the songs together with Ron Bloom.
The first single off the album was “Winds Of Chance”. Sadly, both the single and the album was a critical and commercial failure. “You Don’t Die From Love” was released as the second and final single, but didn’t chart. It was later rerecorded by Belinda Carlisle as “The Air You Breathe”, B-side to her single “Little Black Book”.
The same year, credited as Mystery Girl, Stéphanie recorded the track “In The Closet” with Michael Jackson. The track was included on Jackson’s “Dangerous” album and released as a single in 1992, which became a hit.
Sadly, Stéphanie retired from the music industry after that, with exception of the 2006 charity single “L’or De Nos Vies”, credited to the Fight Aids music collective.
© Dennis Alexis Hellstöm