High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

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by Donald Spoto
     
 

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Drawing on his unprecedented access to Grace Kelly, bestselling biographer Donald Spoto at last offers an intimate, honest, and authoritative portrait of one of Hollywood’s legendary actresses.


In just seven years–from 1950 through 1956–Grace Kelly embarked on a whirlwind career that included roles in eleven movies. From the principled Amy

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Drawing on his unprecedented access to Grace Kelly, bestselling biographer Donald Spoto at last offers an intimate, honest, and authoritative portrait of one of Hollywood’s legendary actresses.


In just seven years–from 1950 through 1956–Grace Kelly embarked on a whirlwind career that included roles in eleven movies. From the principled Amy Fowler Kane in High Noon to the thrill-seeking Frances Stevens of To Catch a Thief, Grace established herself as one of Hollywood’s most talented actresses and iconic beauties. Her astonishing career lasted until her retirement at age twenty-six, when she withdrew from stage and screen to marry a European monarch and became a modern, working princess and mother.

Based on never-before-published or quoted interviews with Grace and those conducted over many years with her friends and colleagues–from costars James Stewart and Cary Grant to director Alfred Hitchcock–as well as many documents disclosed by her children for the first time, acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the transformation of a convent schoolgirl to New York model, successful television actress, Oscar-winning movie star, and beloved royal.

As the princess requested, Spoto waited twenty-five years after her death to write this biography. Now, with honesty and insight, High Society reveals the truth of Grace Kelly’s personal life, the men she loved, the men she didn’t, and what lay behind the façade of her fairy-tale life.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In bringing noted film historian Spoto's biography of the late actress and monarch to life, George K. Wilson takes a natural, understated, unfussy approach in keeping with Kelly's own performing technique. Given Spoto's background, it comes as no surprise that the material focuses largely on Kelly's professional career, downplaying salacious elements of her celebrity. Wilson, therefore, must confine his displays of emotional fire to a few key points along the journey. Noteworthy characterizations include the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock—who viewed Kelly as his muse—in all of his gruff eccentricity and the brilliant but notoriously tyrannical filmmaker John Ford. Wilson also scores in his portrayal of Kelly's demanding parents, who discouraged her interest in show business. A Harmony hardcover (Reviews, July 13). (Jan.)
Library Journal
Prolific biographer Spoto (Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn) turns his attention to glamorous film star-turned-princess Grace Kelly, a personal friend of the author's who requested he not release her biography until 25 years after her death. Drawing on never-before published interviews with Kelly and her friends and colleagues as well as on documents newly disclosed by her children, Spoto reveals the real Kelly: a woman who, despite being an Oscar-winning actress, was never comfortable in the Hollywood spotlight and often sought release from her depression through affairs with costars including William Holden, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra. Narrator George K. Wilson (The Fatal Strain) holds listeners' attention throughout, from Kelly's unhappy childhood on Philadelphia's "Main Line" to her equally uneasy life as Princess of Monaco. Recommended. [The Harmony: Crown hc was described as "arguably the best general book on Grace Kelly currently available," LJ 8/09.—Ed.]—Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Lompoc, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Veteran celebrity biographer Spoto (Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies, 2008, etc.) capitalizes on his personal friendship with actress and honest-to-goodness princess Grace Kelly (1929-1982) to create an affectionate, informative, though somewhat bland account of the screen icon's life. Kelly was born into a well-established, wealthy Philadelphia family and enjoyed the privileged upbringing typical for a girl of her class, though she suffered from a lifelong sense of alienation from her success-oriented father and her cold, disapproving mother. With her unforgettable patrician good looks, Kelly found instant success as a model and quickly made a name for herself on the Broadway stage, abetted by such influential family members such as her uncle, playwright George Kelly. Hollywood beckoned, and Kelly made a handful of classic films, including The Country Girl (1954), for which she won an Academy Award; the musical High Society (1956), co-starring Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby; and three pictures with the legendary Alfred Hitchcock: Dial M for Murder, Rear Window (both 1954) and To Catch a Thief (1955). Spoto is particularly interested in the relationship between Hitchcock and his muse, a fraught collaboration complicated by the director's possessive, unrequited passion for the beautiful actress. Kelly famously left show business to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco, where she devoted the balance of her short life to raising her children and to matters of state. Spoto identifies Kelly's fresh, affectless acting style as the key to her cinematic appeal, and goes on at length about her aptitude for "high comedy," which evidently consists of polite farce free ofvulgarity or unpleasantness. The author, a meticulous writer, is guilty of placing Kelly on a pedestal, much as her character is damagingly "worshipped" in High Society. Instead of digging for new or surprising insights into her work or persona, Spoto repeatedly praises Kelly's fine spirit and refutes the claims of the actress's rumored promiscuousness. A solid reference and affectionate remembrance, but a rather toothless biography. Agent: Elaine Markson/Elaine Markson Literary Agency
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"[An] honest, refined biography.... Arguably the best general book on Grace Kelly currently available." —Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307462510
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
11/03/2009
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Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
467,522
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One: Off the Main Line

I never really felt pretty, bright or socially adept.—Grace
In the late 1920s, the Hahnemann Medical College, at the corner of Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia, was one of the largest private hospitals in the United States. Unusual luxuries characterized the private rooms: a telephone and radio were installed at every bedside; nurses could be summoned and addressed by call-buttons and two-way speakers; and high-speed elevators whisked visitors to the wards. Although Hahnemann accepted emergency cases from every socioeconomic class, it catered, unofficially but famously, to the demands of the rich from the counties of eastern Pennsylvania.
Early in the morning of Tuesday, November 12, 1929, John B. Kelly escorted his wife, Margaret Majer Kelly, to Hahnemann, where, after an unexceptional labor, she bore her third child and second daughter. On December 1, the Kellys took the baby to St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church, a three-minute, half-mile drive from their home in the upscale neighborhood of Philadelphia known as East Falls. The infant was baptized Grace Patricia, in memory of an aunt who had died young, and (so Grace Kelly believed) “because I was Tuesday’s child”—who, according to Mother Goose, was “full of grace.”

On the banks of the Schuylkill River, East Falls has always been a quiet residential neighborhood, known for its easy commute to downtown Philadelphia. The most respected, established families—Protestants with “old money” like the Drexels, Biddles, Clarks, Cadwaladers and Wideners—lived across the river, in western suburbs along the ?so-?called Main Line, in eighteen communities (among them, Overbrook, Merion, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont and Radnor). The river was very like a social dividing line.

But membership in Philadelphia’s élite depended more on history than geography: one was “in society” only if a family could be traced back to colonial times, before the War of Independence. The class distinctions were so immutable that the Kellys knew they would never be accepted into high society, no matter the extent of their wealth. The Kellys were Irish, Roman Catholic and Democrats; Philadelphia society was English, Episcopalian and Republican. “We could have been members of the social register—the so-called Four Hundred—if we’d wanted to,” Grace Kelly’s mother said. “But we had other things to do.” If she really believed this, she was astonishingly naïve. Her husband knew otherwise; instead, he set out to “do well” in business, athletics and politics.

When Grace was born, the entire country was in the throes of a terrible financial crisis. At the end of October the stock market was in almost total collapse, signaling an economic disaster that led to the Great Depression. Scores of banks failed overnight; innumerable companies shut their doors forever; and millions of Americans were suddenly homeless and jobless, pitchforked into abject poverty and facing a future without prospects. The United States was steeped in despair, and newspapers chronicled a tragic epidemic of suicides.
Some families, however, were untouched by the gruesome facts of national life, and Grace’s was among them. Her father, John B. Kelly, had never speculated in the stock market, and his wealth—achieved in the construction trade during the boom time after the Great War—was held in cash and government bonds. His seventeen-room brick mansion at 3901 Henry Avenue was set amid lush, undulating lawns, and the property featured a tennis court and elaborate recreational equipment for active children. The house was mortgage-free, like Kelly’s seaside vacation home in Ocean City, New Jersey. The family sailed through the Depression enjoying a genteel, privileged life: the Kelly children attended private academies; there were household servants and workers to tend the grounds and gardens; and the children wore only the finest new seasonal wardrobes.

Grace had two older siblings: Margaret (“Peggy”), born in September 1925; and John junior (“Kell”), born in May 1927. The family was complete with the birth of Elizabeth Anne (“Lizanne”) in June 1933. “I wasn’t a strong child like my sisters and brother,” Grace said years later, “and my family told me they thought I was practically born with a cold—I was always sniffling and sneezing, clearing my throat and fighting some kind of respiratory ailment.” Her mother routinely reserved the juices of the family roasts for fragile young Grace, in a constant effort to improve the child’s strength and stamina.

“My other children were the strong ones, the extroverts, but Gracie was shy and retiring,” her mother recalled. “She was also frail and sickly a good deal of the time.” The girl filled the hours of her frequent confinements by making up stories and plays for her collection of dolls. “Grace could change her voice for each doll, giving it a different character. She loved attention for all this, but she didn’t cry if she didn’t get it.”

Thin and withdrawn, Grace preferred to read myths, fairy tales and books about dancers and dancing; indeed, her favorite dolls were fashioned like tiny ballerinas, complete with pointe shoes and delicate tutus. She also loved to read poetry and tried her hand at verses:
I hate to see the sun go downAnd squeeze itself into the ground,Since some warm night it might get stuckAnd in the morning not get up!
Grace was largely indifferent to physical activity: “I liked to swim, but did my best to avoid other sports and games.” This attitude made her something of an outsider. Her father had been an Olympic athlete, her mother a champion swimmer and physical education teacher, and their children were strongly encouraged—indeed, they were expected—to excel at competitive sports. Grace’s preference for books and imaginative games did not go down well with her father, a man who had little interest in cultural or intellectual matters.

Born in 1889, John B. “Jack” Kelly was the youngest of ten children born to Irish immigrants. Quitting school in early adolescence, he worked in the family firm as a bricklayer while perfecting his skill at sculling (rowing on the river), and during army service in the World War, he became a champion boxer. Returning to civilian life, Jack rejoined his father’s company, Kelly for Brickwork, and the postwar building boom of the 1920s quickly made him a millionaire. He did not, however, achieve this on his own, as he often implied, nor was he a self-made American success story. “They’ve latched on to the bricklayer theme and won’t let go of this Horatio Alger idea,” said his brother George, who directly confronted Jack’s self-glorification. “What’s all this talk about you getting callused hands laying bricks? The only times I remember you having calluses were from long hours of scull practice on the Schuylkill River!”

Wealth freed Jack to spend those long hours rowing. After winning six national championships, he headed for the Henley Regatta in England, the most celebrated event in the sport of sculling. But in 1920 his application for inclusion was rejected at the last minute when the judges determined that his years of manual labor and muscular development as a bricklayer gave him an unfair advantage over “gentleman” athletes. The true reason for his dismissal, however, was that the English authorities did not want to risk giving a prize to an Irish-American Catholic. The consequential outcry was so loud that by 1937 the rules at Henley no longer excluded manual laborers, mechanics or artisans as unfit for the competition.

More determined than ever after this rejection, Kelly proceeded to the 1920 summer Olympics at Antwerp, Belgium, where he won a gold medal in the single scull and, half an hour later, a second gold medal in the double scull, in which he rowed with a cousin. His family later swore to the truth of the anecdote that he mailed his racing cap to King George V with the message, “Greetings from a bricklayer.” Four years later, during the summer of 1924, Kelly and his cousin repeated their success at the Paris Olympics—an achievement that made “the Irish bricklayer” the first rower to win three Olympic gold medals. With that, he became one of the most famous athletes of his generation, and his name was included in the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. Later he was appointed National Physical Fitness Director by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who regarded him as a good friend.

Before his Paris triumph, Kelly renounced bachelorhood (but not his avocation as a womanizer) when he married Margaret Majer on January 30, 1924, at St. Bridget’s Church. She was nine years his junior and as strikingly beautiful as he was darkly handsome. They had first met at a swim club, where she successfully competed; she was also one of Philadelphia’s most successful cover-girl models. With her degree in physical education, she became the first woman to teach that field at the University of Pennsylvania and at Women’s Medical College. She converted from Lutheranism to her fiancé’s religion just before their wedding.

“I had a good stiff German background,” Margaret said years later. “My parents believed in discipline and so do I—no tyranny or anything like that, but a certain firmness.” Proper appearances, unfailing decorum, the importance of manners: these were almost religious observances for Margaret Majer Kelly. She trained her children to control themselves, to hide pain and disappointment, to suppress their emotions in public, to disguise effort and to strive for perfection without seeming to do so. Her tutoring was more successful with Grace than with the others.

Margaret’s discipline was apparently unremitting. Kell nicknamed her “the Prussian general” for her heavy hand, and Grace recalled her mother’s insistence that her daughters learn not only the fine points of competitive sports but also those of sewing, cooking, dressmaking and gardening. “My mother was the disciplinarian in our family,” she said. “My father was very gentle, never the one to spank or scold. My mother did that. But when my father spoke—boy, you moved.” Life among the Kellys was to be enjoyed by the constant development of new skills and by the quiet assumption of responsibilities, and Margaret’s chief occupation became the training of her children. Jack, meanwhile, was involved in local politics, business, sports and a social (and amorous) life that excluded his family.

When Jack was at home, famous athletes from all over the world frequently visited. For the parents and for Peggy, Kell and Lizanne, these people were stimulating company; for Grace, they were tiresome and left her feeling more alienated than ever. “I never really felt pretty, bright or socially adept, and all that talk of sports, politics and business left me cold.” People often mistook Grace’s shyness for an attitude of superiority and, later, of snobbery. The truth was that, in addition to her quite different interests and hobbies, she was exceedingly nearsighted: without her hated glasses, very little was clear and she could not recognize people. “She was so myopic she couldn’t see ten feet in front of her” without glasses, recalled Howell Conant, who later became her favorite photographer.

Grace’s estimation of herself was also formed by her father’s favoritism, and this, as with any child, caused her some insecurity. “My older sister was my father’s favorite,” Grace reflected years later, “and then there was the boy, the only son. Then I came. After that, I had a baby sister, and I was terribly jealous of the attention she got. I was always on my mother’s knee, the clinging type. But I was pushed away [by my mother], and so I resented my sister for years.”

“Of the four children, Peggy was Jack’s favorite,” recalled Dorothea Sitley, a longtime family friend. “Grace was the introvert, the quiet, serene one, and she felt left out. It was always Peggy and her father together.” Jack admitted his preference for his firstborn child: “I thought it would be Peggy whose name would be up in lights one day. Anything that Grace could do, Peggy could always do better”—or so he thought.

“According to him, Peggy was destined to be the star of the family,” recalled Grace’s close friend and publicist, Rupert Allan (later also the Monégasque consul general in Los Angeles). “Jack never paid much attention to Grace—he accepted her, but he never understood her. But she adored him and always sought his approval.” Jack Kelly was “a very nice man,” recalled Grace’s friend Judith Balaban Kanter Quine, “but he was a man without much sensitivity.”

As much as she must have been aware of her father’s preference for Peggy, Grace longed for her older sister’s approval as much as for his. “I used to help my sister sell flowers to passersby to raise money for my mother’s pet charity, Women’s Medical College and Hospital of Pennsylvania. Naturally, most of our customers were the neighbors. Little did they know that some of the flowers came from their own gardens. I used to be sent by my big sister Peggy to raid the nearby gardens at night, and quite unashamedly we sold these same flowers back to their owners next morning.”

Just as she tried to befriend her sister, “Grace admired her father,” according to her close friend, the actress Rita Gam. “But she thought he really never appreciated her. He always preferred Peggy and never approved of Grace’s career—and her mother was a very tough lady, rather critical and not terribly warm. Both her parents said they were surprised and puzzled by Grace’s later success. When she talked about this, there was a certain wistfulness in her voice, but she was an extremely loyal person and very protective of her family.” What might be called Grace’s marginal status in a family of hardy, rah-rah competitors evoked a touching desire for demonstrative affection. “As a child,” recalled her sister Lizanne, “she loved to be held and cuddled and kissed.” This longing for physical tokens of affection increased with the years.

Grace and her father remained virtual strangers to each other until his death in 1960. She never addressed the topic directly, but she said that her father liked to be with rough, ?self-?confident children who could tumble on a playing field and bounce right back up. The implication was clear: that was not a description of Grace at any age, and she felt outside the orbit of his approval. Judy Quine agreed: “Jack Kelly ?didn’t cozy up to Grace. He understood business, politics and sports. He knew what these things were about, but he never ‘got it’ about Grace. Toward the end of his life, he accepted her. He saw her impact on the world and he showed her some respect. That’s what they shared at the end of his life—deep respect.”

It was perhaps inevitable, then, that a senior family servant named Godfrey Ford became something of a father figure. Addressed as “Fordie,” he was the Kelly chauffeur and factotum, evoking enormous affection from all the youngsters—and especially from Grace. “He kept their cars polished,” recalled the Kellys’ childhood friend Elaine Cruice Beyer. “He could serve, put on a big party, supervise bartenders and buffets and keep the gardens in beautiful condition.” Grace’s respect and fondness for the African-American Fordie instilled in her a lifelong hatred of racism.

On Thursdays, when the children's nanny was off duty, Fordie was entrusted with the task of putting the children to bed. "gracie asked my opinions about this and that," he recalled years later. "I'd tell her what I thought, and she'd usually follow my advice." later he gave her driving lessons in front of the house and in the long driveway, "but she was never good at parking."

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"[An] honest, refined biography.... Arguably the best general book on Grace Kelly currently available." —-Library Journal

Meet the Author

DONALD SPOTO is the author of twenty-five books, including bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, and Audrey Hepburn. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Fordham University. Spoto is married to the Danish school administrator Ole Flemming Larsen; they live in a quiet village, an hour’s drive from Copenhagen.


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MichiganJoe More than 1 year ago
I will address the previous reviews as well as add in my own throughout this writing. I thought the book was well written. Mr. Spoto writes is a way that keeps the reader intrigued and allows for a fast read. Other misinterpret this as writing on a 4th grade reading level. I look at it as it is written to spell out the facts as they were, and allow the reader to get through it hard and fast. I also do not understand why biographers of these Hollywood stars find it so important to plainly write about the subjects sexuality as far as when they lose their virginity or who they had sexual relations with. I have read other authors' books on other Hollywood stars particularly of the golden era of Hollywood and they all insist on talking about the subjects virginity and sexual habits. I find it not only repulsive but out of place. What does it matter when any of these stars lose their virginity? Or whom they had sexual relations with? I also am repulsed that these authors lead the reader to believe they have the facts on these subject matters but they readily admit they have no factual evidence of the conclusions they bring the reader to. One of the reviews said that Mr. Spoto did not spend enough time in this book on the time Ms. Kelly was Princess of Monaco. I disagree. The book was written for the Grace Kelly we Americans know her as. The time she spent as Princess is not going to be of interest to most of the readers who pick up the book in my opinion. Not only that, but that time she spent as Princess was pretty boring compared to her Hollywood life. We all know what a Princess such as Grace Kelly, or Princess Diana of Whales was doing during their time as royalty. There is no need to go into great detail on it in a book about Ms. Kelly's life. Mr. Spoto highlighted the finer points of her life during the time she spent as Princess. There was one other review that picked apart that this portrait of Ms. Kelly's life is not accurate enough about faults she had. I argue the contrary. It highlighted very well that Ms. Kelly struggles with her image of herself and her looks. It was pointed out repeatedly that although she enjoyed fashion and modeling she never saw herself as pretty or beautiful... she thought she was OK looking. It was pointed out over and over that she kept searching for love and slipped into moments of depression both as an actress and as princess for reasons that had to do with her love life. It is true that her parents never thought much of her because she was not an Olympian athlete like they and Grace's siblings. And anyone associated with theater for a choice of living in the mid 19th century was looked at as "weird" or "odd". I think the rightful conclusion is drawn that because of Grace's life being both unapproved and not understood by her parents she struggled with finding True love. She dated many men both in and out of Hollywood and fell deeply in love with a few of them. She struggled as he siblings and all of her friends became married and started family's because she so dearly wanted to find her true love and to mother children. Of course that all changed after her first meeting with Prince Ranier of Monaco. But even in their marriage it is written that there was a period where The Prince and Princess were "not together". They were not legally separated but they definitely hit a bumpy road in their marriage. Mr. Spoto also talks about the
roc-elle More than 1 year ago
I found this book quite compelling. I think Spoto's 1st person access to Kelly was a great asset & the sections about her film career were thorough... my only criticisms would be 1) that it's unabashedly biased towards presenting her in a positive light; the reader can certainly draw conclusions about her faults, but i didn't really find much critical analysis of Grace... not that i want to tear her down, but the narrative veers on gushing. to be fair, the theme of her cold family upbringing does remain evident & can be attributed to much of her adult behavior... even that though leads to a depiction of Grace as a victim. 2) i wish there had been more than a peremptory glimpse of her post-Hollywood life... Spoto does explore her regrets and sorrow at the flip-side of becoming royalty in the last chapter, but she spent fully half her life as the Princess of Monaco! i suppose i will just have to look elsewhere for a deeper study of that period... overall a quite engaging read! i certainly wish the world had seen more of Grace's talent!!! seems she was a stand-up gal~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GRACE KELLY LIVED FOR 52 YEARS. OF THAT, ABOUT 10 YEARS WAS SPENT ACTING. MR SPOTO DEVOTES ALMOST 75% OF THIS BOOK TO THE SYNOPSIS AND CRITIQUE OF GRACE KELLY'S FILMS. I WOULD HAVE LIKED MORE OF HER YOUTH AND HER LIFE AND FAMILY IN MONACO.
Classic_J More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Thought it was well written.. My only complaint would have to be that it focused too much time on her film career  and not enough time on her life after Hollywood as Princess Grace. 
alc1967 More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book because I believed the description that said it was an "intimate, honest, and authoritative portrait" of Grace Kelly's life. I would say that 80% of the book is about her very short career as an actress. In fact, it was so detailed that there was even dialogue from some of the movies that was used to show what a good actress she was or that her talent was underrated. Very little was said about her life after she left Hollywood and married. In fact, I didn't know that her parents had to pay a two million dollar dowery until I read the Wikipedia article. That seems like a big thing to leave out of an "authoritative" portrayal. I got the impression the author was just such a huge fan of Grace Kelly that he couldn't really see anything negative. In fact, if you believe that this story is all there is to say about Ms. Kelly, you would think she was really a very pretty Mother Teresa. I felt like there was a lot that was left out or glossed over to paint Ms. Kelly in such a way that she comes out as a very one dimensional person without much depth or thought. And, I don't think that was the case, but the author seemed so enamored of her that he just couldn't bring himself to paint a picture of a real human being. Her family does come off as rigid, uncaring, judgmental, and disapproving of Ms. Kelly in pretty much everything since she was born. I felt sorry for her in some ways and, even though the book tried to paint her marriage as one of love, I got the impression that it was one of convenience for both Prince Ranier (to secure an heir) and Ms. Kelly (to get out of the rat race of Hollywood, get married and have children, and escape her parents.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this author's style very easy and comfortable to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long, drawn out recitation of her film career. On and on about Alfred Hitchcock...not a good read about the subject
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, in that I discovered some facets of Grace Kelly's life I did not know, my only regret is that her life was too short!
Patricia Vyskocil More than 1 year ago
The background information about the beautiful Grace Kelly is interesting and informative. The relationship between her and Ranier is somewhat strange, and I wish there were more details in the book. It almost seems it was a "marriage of convenience", and I never would have thought that. Perhaps I misinterpret what is in the book. It is certainly a worthwhile read, but I will search for another book about her life to compare with this one
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Really great book!looking forward to owning it
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Outstanding Biography on the life on Grace Kelly!
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