"...an intimate portrait of one of the world's most famous women. A fine tribute to a true star" (Waterstone's Books Quarterly
"Spoto tells her story movingly and well" (Sunday Express
"Spoto was a close friend of Kelly's, so this is as definitive a biography as we will ever get" (S, Sunday Express magazine
"Drawing on previously unpublished conversations, Spoto explores how Kelly changed Hollywood" (Harpers Bazaar
"Kelly's life as told here reveals a gentler Donald Spoto than we're used to: his friendship with the star has ensured a generosity of judgement throughout...Some may yearn for a less sympathetic portrait, but it's hard to imagine that any subsequent biography could do such consummate justice to her life and career" (The Times
From the Back Cover
In just seven years (from 1950 through 1956), Grace Kelly made eleven feature films. They established her as one of the screen's iconic beauties, and as a performer of rare intelligence and wit.
Donald Spoto, a personal friend of Kelly's in whom she confided, is in a unique position to tell the story of her transformation from convent girl from Philadelphia to last star of Hollywood's Golden Age to European princess. In this revelatory biography, Spoto draws on interviews with those who knew her - from James Stewart and Cary Grant to Fred Zimmerman - as well as a series of taped interviews with Kelly which have never before been published.
'It's hard to imagine that any subsequent biography could do such consummate justice to her life and career' The Times
'...An intimate portrait of one of the world's most famous women. A fine tribute to a true star' Waterstone's Books Quarterly
'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
'Drawing on previously unpublished conversations, Spoto explores how Kelly changed Hollywood' Harpers Bazaar