Top positive review
5 people found this helpful
A lovely book about a lovely person
on 4 June 2011
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.