High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

Title:High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780307395610
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

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.


    High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly Reviews

  • Nada

    Grace is far more complex than what this book suggests. Spoto doesn't do her any justice with this terribly boring and repetitive book. I couldn't care less about anything he wrote....

  • Dean Cummings

    The history of the acting profession is populated with a constellation of glittering talents, yet none, in my opinion ever shone brighter than Grace Patricia Kelly. My reasons for holding to this are ...

  • Tom Emory Jr.

    Tom Emory, Jr. Review -- Grace Kelly, according to the author Donald Spoto, said she didn't consider herself a very interesting person. If she had read Mr. Spoto's book, it would have confirmed her op...

  • Kathy

    First and foremost, I learned that my son Andy pays attention. We watched three Grace Kelly movies, at my request, one night while he was home for Thanksgiving. He bought me this book for Christmas. A...

  • Betsy

    Obviously one must hold regard for Grace Kelly to read this book.Since one of my life questions to myself when a social, character building decision needs to be made Is..."What would Grace Kelly do?"R...

  • Mira

    I'm having a hard time choosing a star-rating for this book. On the one hand, I've learned to like Grace Kelly more than I did before; on the other hand, I haven't been so bored reading a book, or fel...

  • Josh Duggan

    This may seem like a weird choice if you don't know me well and know why I was reading it. I can't really get into why I was reading it in this space, but whatever. I read it. It happened.For those no...

  • Diana

    As I live in the Philadelphia area, the name of Grace Kelly is revered, and I include myself among the legions who admire her beauty, style and talent.This book was written by a respected biographer w...

  • Maria

    Blah, blah, commercial, blah, blah, TV show, blah, blah, Hitchcock, blah, blah, Prince Rainier, blah, blah, dead. What was this disaster of a biography!? Wikipedia has more information than this sycop...

  • Kerry

    This is an unsatisfactory and superficial retelling of Grace Kelly's life and seems not to treat her as a real person at all, overlooking much of what makes a biography rich and true to the person bei...