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Nicole Kidman. Picture: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images.

Nicole Kidman is the perfect choice to play Grace Kelly, says a friend of the late princess.

Lynn Wyatt, a close friend of Princess Grace until her death in 1982, says Kidman is beautiful inside and out and has endorsed her in the role of Kelly in upcoming biopic Grace of Monaco.

"There is nobody more gorgeous," Wyatt told People magazine on Monday while at the 30th Anniversary Princess Grace Awards Gala hosted by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA in New York City.

"She's beautiful inside and out, and she's very sweet. She's very nice - and she's caring. I think she would be perfect," Wyatt said

Although Lynn thinks Kidman is fantastic, she misses her friend Grace. "But there was nobody like Princess Grace. I think it's flattering to have somebody play you like that - and of all people, Nicole would be the right one - but I remember I was at the Monte Carlo Beach Club, and she had all her hair up under this big hat, and I said, 'Excuse me, Grace, I'm staring at you.' " she recalled.

"You know, when you're good friends with someone you know them more inside than out, but her cheekbones, and just the way her eyes (looked), everything under that big hat, she was just so beautiful. I just said 'Grace, forgive me, but I'm staring at you.' And she just said, 'Oh, Lynn.'

The first on-set photo of Kidman in her role as Kelly surfaced last week.

The photo from the film set in Monaco showed Kidman very much at ease in her role as the stylish princess.

Wearing a classic 60s twin-set ensemble and a simple pearl necklace and pearl earrings, the Oscar-winning actress bared a striking resemblance to Kelly.

Set in 1962, the film tells the story of Kelly's involvement with Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle dispute over tax laws in the early 1960s.

Kelly married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, to become Princess consort of Monaco in April 1956.

She died died in a car crash in 1982.

Grace of Monaco isn't due for release until 2014.

The West Australian

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