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Grace
     

Grace

by Robert Lacey
 

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Before she became a princess, Grace Kelly was a legend, a fabled movie star whose aloof & aristocratic bearing belied a deep sensuality within. This balanced portrait of a complex, deeply conflicted actress, wife, & mother who dared to make her dreams come true. He gained access to Graces friends & colleagues to tell the story of her private life, from her early days

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Before she became a princess, Grace Kelly was a legend, a fabled movie star whose aloof & aristocratic bearing belied a deep sensuality within. This balanced portrait of a complex, deeply conflicted actress, wife, & mother who dared to make her dreams come true. He gained access to Graces friends & colleagues to tell the story of her private life, from her early days in Philadelphia, to being a movie star, to her marriage to Prince Rainier. Grace was deeply mourned when she died in a car accident in Sep. 1982. Lacey provides revealing new details about the accident & the circumstances surrounding her medical care & death. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lacey's biography charts Grace Kelly's secret and tempestuous life behind the scenes of her rise to Hollywood stardom and becoming Princess of Monaco. (Jan.)
Library Journal
After Hollywood stardom in the Fifties, Grace Kelly, daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia businessman, retired while still glamorous to become Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco. Her death in a 1982 automobile accident has never been explained. The fairy tale that was-or seemed to be-Kelly's life has already served as the basis of several popular biographies; the only well-written, critical biography available is James Spada's Grace: The Secret Lives of a Princess (LJ 5/1/87). Historian and journalist Lacey (Ford: The Men and the Machine, LJ 9/1/86) owes much to Spada, but Lacey's own prestige as a writer has shaken loose many new interviewees around the world. The serious work that results is rich in anecdote yet captures the broad story of an outwardly controlled "ice princess" whose promiscuous habits were the natural result of the affection withheld by the men she loved. Public libraries should expect demand.-Joyce Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
Booknews
Lacey (Ford, the Men and the Machine) gives us a sympathetic bio in which he attempts to sell an image of the tragic Grace Kelly. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Brad Hooper
A very respectable, responsible biography of Grace Kelly by an equally honorable British biographer, author of, most notably, "Majesty: Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor" (1977) and "Ford: The Men and the Machine" (1987). Kelly was a living legend, but Lacey makes her real without really diminishing her effect and effectiveness. The facts have been presented many times before, including those about her childhood in a very competitive family from suburban Philadelphia, her early entry into acting, her relatively fluid transition into television and movies, her immediate stardom, and of course, her headline-making marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco. But Lacey does far more than recite known facts. He digs deeper, and his picture is one far more realistic than the impossibly wholesome depiction that Hollywood and the princely court of Monaco wanted us to accept. As an actress, Kelly "conducted her private life with extraordinary recklessness." Her marriage to the prince was far from idyllic (and her original reasons for marrying him were fairly complicated). She was a distinguished individual who contributed not only to the history of cinema, but also to the fortunes of tiny Monaco; however, she was no fairy-tale princess--thank goodness!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425151259
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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