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3.00327332242226 out of 53.00327332242226 out of 53.00327332242226 out of 53.00327332242226 out of 53.00327332242226 out of 5 3.00 (611 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Spoto Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781400185115
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • [An] honest, refined biography.... Arguably the best general book on Grace Kelly currently available. Library Journal

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/13/2014

    " This is the second book I have read about Her Serene Highness Princess Grace Kelly Grimaldi. Unfortunately, this book was more serious than I anticipated. For some reason, the author vowed to not publish the book until 25 years after her death. I wasn't quite sure why he vowed this since there was no "Eureka!!" moment, but alas. The book chronicles Grace's rise and short career as a Hollywood Best Actress. There were a few funny tidbits about Grace that I never knew such as she had very poor vision and couldn't see much unless she wore her glasses. (This is funny to me since most people thought she was an icy-cold woman, but in fact, she was just blind!) I was disheartened that the book mostly focused on her acting career than her life as HSH in Monaco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Cooper | 2/9/2014

    " I didn't remember much about Grace Kelly growing up but loved her biography. The book gave a good description of behind the scenes "real" Hollywood that we never saw. Especially interesting since her son, Albert, just got married. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Connelly | 1/26/2014

    " Honetstly, not the best written book I have read but written as only a friend could write it: full of interesting insights, admiring commentary, and facts about this truly charming, intelligent and independent woman. As I have always admired Princess Grace for her beauty and acting talent it was wonderful to find that she was a 360 degree person who gave so much to her adopted country, her children and, ultimately, each of us. There was wit, wisdom and wonder behind all the Hollywood hype and she was taken from all of us way too soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 1/22/2014

    " Dealt mostly with Hollywood years..I would have like a little more of her Monaco years. Overall, a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 1/10/2014

    " This was my 2nd beach read which was chosen for my Aug book club. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Grace Kelly; I now want to get to the library to pick up some of her movies! Her connection to Philadelphia and how much Philadelphians are linked to the theatre/movies was very interesting as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Polep | 1/3/2014

    " Short book, heavy on Grace's movie years and very light on her married years. As a tell all, not so much but she certainly had a lot of boyfriends before becoming Princess Grace. It is clear that she thought she would continue making films after having children but the Prince was definitely not. Guess who won. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Courtney | 12/23/2013

    " When I finished this book I felt like I was very versed on the HISTORY of Grace Kelly, without still really knowing much about who she was in personal sense. I think a good biogrpahy should do the latter. This book was dry, dry, dry with a hidden interesting story here or there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Hammond | 12/3/2013

    " Interesting book on her life. What a beautiful woman, inside & out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Grimes | 11/29/2013

    " It was informative about her early life and movie career. It didn't focus so much on her later life. I would have liked more detail about that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marybla | 9/14/2013

    " My hidden addiction is biographies of Hollywood stars from early film days. This particular one was a bit of a disappointment as Kelly's movie career was very brief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Presence Bissonette | 8/22/2013

    " Entertaining and enlightening. I have great respect for this admirable lady. Now I want to track down a few of the movies I never saw before that she made. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trisha Jones | 4/29/2013

    " More focused on Grace the actress than Grace the woman. Author managed to use eponymous as an adjective more than 20 times. Come on, Donald shake it up a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 4/3/2013

    " Grace Kelly was a movie star when I was a teenager and I thought her then as now the epitome of beauty. This book shows there was something worthwhile inside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 3/4/2013

    " Very interesting read. Learned a lot about Grace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bree | 2/8/2013

    " An interesting read, but like most celebrity biographies, there is a little too much fawning and an understandable distance between the writer and the subject. It is too bad we will never have Grace Kelly's story in her own hand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia Friese-hassanein | 1/11/2013

    " Nothing new, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/29/2012

    " I don't typically read many biographies, but I enjoyed learning more about Grace Kelly. She had a fascinating life (both in and out of the movie industry), and reading about it made me more interested in an era of Hollywood that I know little about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jec | 10/29/2012

    " i "read" this book on playaway. engaging narrator. an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 10/4/2012

    " Non fiction is a struggle for me... But I loved the beginning of this book. I got lost and skimmed a lot about her movie career... Which was an enormous chunk of the book.... Even though she only performed in 11 movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/11/2012

    " The author promised Grace Kelly he would not write this book until twenty five years after her death. But I'm darned if I can figure out what great secret he was holding back. I think she was a lovely person and he is respectful. But somehow I think there was more going on there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 5/26/2012

    " It's the first eBook that I read on my Nook. It was an interesting biography, a light quick read, as compared to many other biographies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis | 4/20/2012

    " A really nice biography of actress/princess/humanitarian Grace Kelly. Well written by someone who actually knew her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 3/25/2012

    " I would have to say that Donald Spoto is THE BEST biography writer I've ever read. He writes engagingly and you can follow right along with the life of Grace Kelly. Although it got a little monotonous after 150 pages, like all bios, I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Grace Kelly! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 2/18/2012

    " Bored. Totally bored. I am not so into movie stars anyways, so this didn't do it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 4/12/2011

    " This was a Book Club choice or I might not have finished it. I enjoyed part of it but most of it was dry facts with very little to flesh it out. Almost the entire book was leading up to her becoming the Princess of Monaco which disappointed me as I wanted to learn more about that part of her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 4/1/2011

    " I don't typically read many biographies, but I enjoyed learning more about Grace Kelly. She had a fascinating life (both in and out of the movie industry), and reading about it made me more interested in an era of Hollywood that I know little about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 12/21/2010

    " Grace Kelly was a movie star when I was a teenager and I thought her then as now the epitome of beauty. This book shows there was something worthwhile inside. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis | 12/14/2010

    " A really nice biography of actress/princess/humanitarian Grace Kelly. Well written by someone who actually knew her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/11/2010

    " goodreads should add a category of "listened". I quite enjoy CD books, esp biographies. This one was nicely done, enjoyable to hear, & left me wanting to watch HSH's movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/7/2010

    " Nothing new, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marybla | 8/28/2010

    " My hidden addiction is biographies of Hollywood stars from early film days. This particular one was a bit of a disappointment as Kelly's movie career was very brief. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 7/17/2010

    " I wish I had known more about Kelly prior to this--this goes on and on about her movies, and not much about her marriage. I would have loved more photos of her, both in her career and her private life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/27/2010

    " Not much here is new but it is a breezy read about a real American princess. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 5/26/2010

    " Even last month's Vanity Fair article on Grace Kelly was a better read than Donald Spoto's book. If you want to read a series of old movie reviews, and not much about Kelly's life, then this book is for you. Otherwise, don't waste your time. "

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About the Author
Author Donald Spoto

Donald Spoto is the author of more than twenty books, including bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, and Audrey Hepburn. He lives with his husband, Danish artist and school administrator Ole Flemming Larsen, near Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.