High Society by Donald Spoto
The Life of Grace Kelly

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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 façade of her fairy-tale life.

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About Donald Spoto

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DONALD SPOTO is the author of twenty-six books, including bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, and Audrey Hepburn. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Fordham University. Spoto is married to the Danish school administrator Ole Flemming Larsen. They live in Denmark.
Published October 16, 2009 by Crown Archetype. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Veteran celebrity biographer Spoto (Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies, 2008, etc.) capitalizes on his personal friendship with actress and honest-to-goodness princess Grace Kelly (1929–1982) to create an affectionate, informative, though somewhat bland account of the s...

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Donald Spoto is a former Catholic monk whose devotional exercises alternate between Mariolatry and the worship of old-time screen goddesses.

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“The author smartly manages to correct errors and confirm (or negate) rumors that plagued Kelly throughout her life… Spoto’s ace in the hole is that some of the narrative is peppered with Kelly’s own words.” As Princess Grace requested, author Donald Spoto waited twenty five years after her deat...

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The Washington Post

He doubts that she had affairs with Gary Cooper during the filming of "High Noon" and with Ray Milland during the filming of "Dial 'M' for Murder," but he confirms her long relationship with the clothes designer Oleg Cassini and concedes that "it is nevertheless true that in her twenties Grace wa...

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USA Today

But the fairy tale wasn't all that "happily ever after," and author Donald Spoto in t...

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