True Grace: The Life and Times of an American Princess

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Macmillan, Jun 10, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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   Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco, the legendary Hollywood screen siren, Grace Kelly is an American icon whose beauty is unrivalled, and whose oft-imitated aristocratic style and cool elegance has never been eclipsed.
 
            Wendy Leigh- after three years' research - has gained unprecedented access to over one hundred sources who have never talked about Grace before, including nine of her until now undisclosed romances - among them an English aristocrat, an American tennis player, and a Hollywood legend - and also including her priest friend, Father Peter Jacobs, and Bernard Combemal, the former head of the S.B.M, the consortium that runs Monaco.
            Wendy Leigh provides revealing new details about Grace's life, including her premarital romantic swan song which took place during her voyage to Monaco, the hitherto untold story of her troubling relationship with bridesmaid, Carolyn Reybold and the moving story of Grace's lifelong relationship with actor, David Niven.
            Wendy Leigh paints a compelling portrait of Grace, the ambitious young actress, Grace, the dutiful princess who transformed the principality of Monaco into a jet-set haven, Grace, the kind-hearted philanthropist, Grace, the loving mother, and Grace, the patriotic American. 
            Wendy Leigh's book has not been written for those readers who wish to view Grace as a saint, but for those who - like Leigh herself - believes that she was a strong and wonderful woman.     
 

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User Review  - LoriHedgpeth - LibraryThing

I picked up this book with very high hopes, but Ms. Leigh left me utterly disappointed. No new facts were revealed and the book seemed to focus mainly on Grace's romantic relationships, with the ... Read full review

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User Review  - phoenixcomet - LibraryThing

Interesting to read about Grace Kelly, but not a very well-written book. The storyline gets muddied easily. You are left with a sense of the tragedy of a woman who did not marry for love and the price she paid because of it. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
The Kellys
5
Grace
17
Dynasties
28
Actress
37
High Noon
51
Mogambo
60
Scarlet Lady
70
Grace of Monaco
183
True Love
194
Hollywood Comeback
200
The Englishman
207
Paris
216
Children of Theatre Street
225
Full Circle
234
Appendix I
247

The Country Girl
82
Monaco
97
Prince Charming
111
Swan Song
124
The Wedding of the Century
139
An Enclosed Basin
160
Broken Vows
170
Appendix II
249
About the Book
251
Notes
259
Selected Bibliography
281
Index
295
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About the author (2008)

is the New York Times best selling author of eleven books including 'Prince Charming; The J.F.K. Jr. Story,' and 'The Secret Letters of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy.' She lives in London.

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