In just seven years---from 1950 through 1956---Grace Kelly embarked on a whirlwind career that included roles in 11 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 26, 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 25 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 faccilade of her fairy-tale life.
©2009 Donald Spoto; (P)2009 Tantor
"Cinephiles will love Spoto's insider look at Hollywood in the 1950s, and even those unfamiliar with Kelly's films will be drawn to the author's warm and generous portrayal of a woman who was more than a pretty face." (Publishers Weekly)
I wish author Donald Spoto had comprehensively written about Princess Grace's life in Monaco--it gets short shift in this biography.
The biography almost totally skips over Grace Kelly's years in Monaco, it only really deals with her early years and her acting career.
I'm a big fan of biographies, but this one is so bland and artificial that it is impossible to even have a grasp of who Kelly was, her thoughts and feelings.
LESS analyzation and critiquing of movie/stage-play scripts, plots and methods of acting would produce a MORE intriguing biography. With the exception of that major flaw, this book is a well written, balanced and informed biography of Grace Kelly.
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