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Grace: A Biography

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Movie star. Princess. Philanthropist. Icon. The compassionate, revealing, and surprising biography of one of the most admired women in Hollywood history.
She was in and out of Hollywood in six years, making only eleven feature films, but to this day Oscar Award–winning actress Grace Kelly remains a leading lady in twentieth century pop culture. As the star of Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief, she was Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite actress. She played opposite such greats as Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Frank Sinatra, and Clark Gable. A near-mythic incarnation of glamour, she was Hollywood royalty who then became actual royalty—as Princess Grace of Monaco. She was the stuff of legend even before her tragic death on the serpentine roads of her adoptive country in 1982.
Though idolized by millions, Grace’s private life remained in the shadows. Her marriage to Prince Rainier III was not anchored by love, and her life on the Riviera was more akin to a golden cage. This illuminating and comprehensive biography draws from previously unreleased photographs and documents from the Grimaldi royal family archive and, for the first time, access to the letters between Kelly and Hitchcock. Based on revealing interviews with Kelly’s companions and relatives, including an exclusive interview with Prince Albert II of Monaco, “Wydra draws a picture of a torn woman: joyful, funny and wild, on the other hand introverted, anxious and withdrawn” (Associated Press).

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