High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

Front Cover
Harmony Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 303 pages
35 Reviews
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 inHigh Noonto the thrill-seeking Frances Stevens ofTo 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 Societyreveals 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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1
4 stars
7
3 stars
18
2 stars
8
1 star
1

Review: High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

User Review  - Lizthorne - Goodreads

Since I love Grace Kelley, this was a good read for me. Loved the details about her movies, especially Rear Window. Read full review

Review: High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

The author clearly regards Grace Kelly as a personal friend and gives her very favorable treatment. I came away from this knowing more about her work ethic and her films that I have not seen but I did ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

\DONALD SPOTO is the author of twenty-five 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 a quiet village, an hour’s drive from Copenhagen.

Bibliographic information