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High Society

Format:  Hardcover,

416 pages

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Publish Date: Feb 2010

ISBN-13: 9781410423290

ISBN-10: 1410423298

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In the seven years from 1950 through 1956' Grace Kelly made eleven feature films and established herself as one of Hollywood's most iconic beauties. Then' at twenty-six' she withdrew from stage and screen to marry a European


Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publish Date: Feb 2010
ISBN-13: 9781410423290
ISBN-10: 1410423298
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 416
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.32
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.6 x 1.0 x 8.6

About the author

Biography of Spoto, Donald

Born on June 28, 1941, Donald Spoto is an American celebrity biographer, Catholic theologian and former monk. He is best known for his best-selling biographies of film and theatre celebrities. A native of New Rochelle, New York, Spoto graduated from Iona Preparatory School in 1959 and received his B.A. from Iona College in 1963 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in theology (New Testament studies) from Fordham University in 1966 and 1970, respectively. Donald Spoto taught theology, Christian mysticism, and biblical literature at the university level for twenty years. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


Review by Library Journal (2009-08-01)

In Grace Kelly's brief but spectacular career (1950-56), she made almost a dozen films in which she starred opposite Hollywood's leading men until she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. Using an extensive series of interviews he conducted with the princess, best-selling biographer Spoto (Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies) has produced an affectionate portrait, which, at her request, he waited 25 years after her death to publish.

Spoto covers Kelly's life chronologically, from her childhood and early career through her growing distaste for the Hollywood scene, her enduring friendships with costars and Alfred Hitchcock, and her little-known support for civil rights. There is comparatively slight coverage of her years in Monaco, and readers looking for information on her life as princess may be disappointed. Spoto scored a coup in securing wide-ranging interviews with Kelly-the book's outstanding feature.

Verdict: Spoto's obvious fondness for his subject, plus his intimate knowledge of how Hollywood works, make this honest, refined biography an appealing read for movie buffs and the star struck alike. Arguably the best general book on Grace Kelly currently available.

-Stephen Rees, Levittown Lib., PA

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

Review by Library Journal (2010-03-15)

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.

- 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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