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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099515377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099515371
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...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"Drawing on previously unpublished conversations, Spoto explores how Kelly changed Hollywood" (Harpers Bazaar)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)

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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'Drawing on previously unpublished conversations, Spoto explores how Kelly changed Hollywood' Harpers Bazaar


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marelle on 4 Jun 2011
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The writer of this book has big respect for Grace Kelly. And that is no wonder - as this book shows - Grace did not only have a big talent and beautiful appearance, but she was a most considerate, kind and polite person. The author knew Kelly personally. She confided in him, as also did for example Hitchcock. In other words had Donald Spoto access to Grace's intimate sphere. It is obvious that Spoto has done very thorough work while writing this book. Well composed - starting with describing the family Grace was born in, continuing by showing how young woman Grace became a theatre student and how much she loved the theatre (not so much the movie-world). The final part shows Grace as a princess - in one of her last movies "The Swan", and in real life - by becoming the wife of Prince Rainier of Monaco. In this book you can indulge in the movie world of the Golden Era, intricate details about Hitchcock and other talented people. If you have a soft spot for romance, this book is for you - Grace fell in love all the time and the book gives some insight into several of her romances. The book also contains an analysis of Grace's major theatre plays and movies. I might have wanted to see even more photos of Grace and people important to her. But the photos that are in the book, are a wonderful collection, and it certainly is limited how many photos one can include in a pocket-book that is so packed with text. While reading the book I searched for photographs in the Internet for illustrate Spotos text for myself.
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I have a lot of respect for Grace Kelly who was friends with the African-American dancer, Josephine Baker, when she was bankrupt in 1974. Grace enlisted the services of Jacqueline Onassis and together they financed Baker's triumphant return to Paris in April 1975. That is the way to support marginalised talent, but is that still happening today? Baker died in hospital on the 12th April 1975 at the age of 68, and Grace paid all the funeral expenses and brought the remains to Monaco for burial. That is friendship.

Grace gave a lot of herself to the camera for audiences, particularly in the Hitchcock films, but she also gave a lot of herself to her friends. She was shy and aloof to those she didn't know, but she gave her heart to those she knew well.

It's amazing that her heart was on the stage and that she only saw Hollywood as a temporary opportunity until she could fulfil her real ambition in the theatre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Creffield on 11 April 2013
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Grace Kelly was also one of the most beautiful women and loved reading about her life in early movies. Very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Lee Thomas on 11 Feb 2013
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Quite a detailed biography of the lovely Grace. However, Spoto lacks a sense of humour and glossses over Grace's friendship with Hitchcock as he so obviously despises the man & it is beyond his comprehension how any woman could have found him funny, or could ever have been genuinely fond of him. He also contradicts himself; arguing in one part that Grace did not have a relationship with Ray Milland, then later in the book blithely saying she did.
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