High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

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High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

Format:  Paperback,

303 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2010

ISBN-13: 9780307395627

ISBN-10: 0307395626

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Drawing on his unprecedented access to Grace Kelly, bestselling biographer Donald Spoto at last offers an intimate, honest, and authoritative portrait of one of Hollywood's legendary actresses.

In just seven years-from 1950 through 1956-Grace Kelly embarked on a whirlwind career that included roles in eleven movies. From the principled Amy Fowler Kane in "High Noon" to the thrill-seeking Frances Stevens of "To Catch a Thief," Grace established herself as one of Hollywood's most talented actresses and iconic beauties. Her astonishing career lasted until her retirement at age twenty-six, when she withdrew from stage and screen to marry a European monarch and became a modern, working princess and mother.
Based on never-before-published or quoted interviews with Grace and those conducted over many years with her friends and colleagues-from costars James Stewart and Cary Grant to director Alfred Hitchcock-as well as many documents disclosed by her children for the first time, acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the transformation of a convent schoolgirl to New York model, successful television actress, Oscar-winning movie star, and beloved royal.
As the princess requested, Spoto waited twenty-five years after her death to write this biography. Now, with honesty and insight, "High Society" reveals the truth of Grace Kelly's personal life, the men she loved, the men she didn't, and what lay behind the facade of her fairy-tale life.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2010
ISBN-13: 9780307395627
ISBN-10: 0307395626
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 303
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 8.0 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9780307395627

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.

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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.

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.

Book description

Drawing on his unprecedented access to Grace Kelly, bestselling biographer Donald Spoto at last offers an intimate, honest, and authoritative portrait of one of Hollywood’s legendary actresses.

In just seven years–from 1950 through 1956–Grace Kelly embarked on a whirlwind career that included roles in eleven movies. From the principled Amy Fowler Kane in High Noon to the thrill-seeking Frances Stevens of To Catch a Thief, Grace established herself as one of Hollywood’s most talented actresses and iconic beauties. Her astonishing career lasted until her retirement at age twenty-six, when she withdrew from stage and screen to marry a European monarch and became a modern, working princess and mother.

Based on never-before-published or quoted interviews with Grace and those conducted over many years with her friends and colleagues–from costars James Stewart and Cary Grant to director Alfred Hitchcock–as well as many documents disclosed by her children for the first time, acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the transformation of a convent schoolgirl to New York model, successful television actress, Oscar-winning movie star, and beloved royal.

As the princess requested, Spoto waited twenty-five years after her death to write this biography. Now, with honesty and insight, High Society reveals the truth of Grace Kelly’s personal life, the men she loved, the men she didn’t, and what lay behind the façade of her fairy-tale life.

From the Hardcover edition.

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