Grace by Robert Lacey

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Through interviews with Grace Kelly's family and friends, the author of Ford: The Men and the Machine penetrates the storybook veneer around Kelly's life to reveal a surprisingly complex, conflicted woman. Lit Guild Main.

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Robert Lacey was born in Guilford, Surrey, England on January 3, 1944. He earned a B.A. in 1967, a diploma of education in 1967, and an M.A. in 1970, all from Selwyn College, Cambridge. Lacey began his writing career as a journalist, working for the Illustrated London News and later the Sunday Times magazine. While working for the latter, he also began writing biographies; his books about Robert, Earl of Essex and Sir Walter Raleigh led to a commission to write a history of Queen Elizabeth's reign, to be published during her silver jubilee. Majesty: Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor became an international bestseller, and established Lacey's reputation as a biographer who treated his subjects accurately and fairly. Lacey is a thorough researcher who has often gone to great lengths to immerse himself in the background of the people he writes about. He moved to the Middle East and even learned Arabic while doing research for The Kingdom, a biography of Saudi Arabia's first ruler, Abdul Aziz Sa'ud. And when writing Ford: The Man and the Machine, about Henry Ford, he relocated to Michigan and worked for a time on the assembly line in an auto plant. He is also the author of Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life, The Queen of the North Atlantic, The Life and Times of Henry the VIII, God Bless Her!, and Princess, a pictorial biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. Robert Lacey married Alexandre Avrach, a graphic designer, in 1971. They have three children, Sasha, Scarlett, and Bruno.
Published September 28, 1994 by Putnam Adult. 463 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, History, Travel, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Lacey's biography charts Grace Kelly's secret and tempestuous life behind the scenes of her rise to Hollywood stardom and becoming Princess of Monaco. (Jan.)

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Proper, demure and wholesomely beautiful, Grace Kelly was quite the opposite of what she seemed, according to this seductive biography. Lacey (The Kingdom) writes of ``the eruptions of sexuality that

Aug 29 1994 | Read Full Review of Grace

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Lacey (The Kingdom) writes of ``the eruptions of sexuality that she usually managed to conceal behind her virginal exterior.'' The book is likely to be much discussed, less for the story of Kelly's family background, film career and marriage to Monaco's Prince Rainier than for its startling detai...

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The Independent

We get Grace the pious convent girl hellbent on perfection, Grace the flighty creative spirit, and Grace the dutiful daughter who adored her womanising father even when he chased away a succession of 'wop, dago and Jew' fiances.

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Creative Loafing Tampa

Following Breaking Benjamin’s cover song lead, Gontier donned a white Gibson Explorer [pictured right] and performed a respectable solo rendition of Phil Collins' 1981 hit "In the Air Tonight."

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The Simple Moms

My girls happened to be looking over my shoulder when they saw the little socks I showed in this post and said – “Now we can be just like you Mommy!!” Yes, we can be twinners girls…and I LOVE that idea!!

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