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High society : the life of Grace Kelly
Donald Spoto
Adult Nonfiction DC943.G7 S69 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Noted film biographer Spoto (Spellbound by Beauty) gives readers a previously unseen glimpse into the life of Grace Kelly (1929-1982), who went from Academy Award-winning actress to princess of Monaco. Drawing on hours of personal interviews with Kelly as well as with her numerous co-stars including Cary Grant and James Stewart, Spoto traces the star's life from her childhood in a wealthy Philadelphia neighborhood through her brief but noteworthy career in Hollywood to her years as the wife of Monaco's Prince Rainer. Kelly attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, where she developed a love of theater, nurtured by her uncle, the actor and playwright George Kelly. Though she spent less than seven years in Hollywood, Kelly became an icon of the era. Spoto, as an expert in the films of Alfred Hitchcock and one of the late director's few confidantes, spends considerable time revisiting the trio of films Kelly made with the master of suspense: Dial M for Murder (1953), Rear Window (1954) and To Catch a Thief (1955). Though she admitted to missing acting, Kelly settled into her life as a royal, raising three children until her death in a car crash. 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. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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