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High Society : The Life of Grace Kelly - Donald Spoto

High Society

The Life of Grace Kelly

Paperback Published: 5th October 2010
ISBN: 9780307395627
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

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Industry Reviews

"She was a great lady, and also great fun." --Ava Gardner "She was anything but cold. Everything about Grace was appealing. She had those big warm eyes, and if you ever played a love scene with her, you knew she wasn't cold." --James Stewart

"In two senses, she didn't have a bad side-you could film her from any angle, and she was one of the most untemperamental, cooperative people in the business." --Cary Grant

"The subtlety of Grace's sexuality-her elegant sexiness-appealed to me. . . . With Grace, you had to find it out-you had to discover it." --Alfred Hitchcock

"You couldn't work with Grace Kelly without falling a little in love with her." --Fred Coe

"I thought she was the most gorgeous creature I ever met. . . . She was so entirely unaffected, completely without vanity." --Rita Gam

"She was a delight to have in the company-a rare kind of young person who had a hunger to learn and to improve herself." --Raymond Massey

"I saw the utter perfection of her nose . . . the long, elegant neck . . . the silky, diaphanous blond hair. . . . A very aristocratic-looking girl . . . not the sort you simply called for a date." --Oleg Cassini

From the Hardcover edition.

ISBN: 9780307395627
ISBN-10: 0307395626
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 5th October 2010
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27

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