High Society

High Society

The Life of Grace Kelly

Large Print - 2010
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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 facade of her fairy-tale life.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike, 2010.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781410423290
Branch Call Number: 791.43028092 K2962A
Characteristics: 455 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Sep 08, 2017

Easy and enjoyable reading, although a little dull. Perhaps it's just that Grace Kelly was herself a little dull. But still a fun read for a lazy day.

Donald spoto wrote a biography of Hitchcock which his daughter, patricia, slammed. that doesn't mean that he wrote inaccurately about grace, though, does it.

Nov 16, 2010

Readable account of her life and work that is hard to put down. So elegant and graceful it mirrors her personality exactly and leaves the reader with one of the best portrayals of Grace Kelly.


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