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Book Title: Grace: Secret Lives of a Princess|
The author of the book: James Spada
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780440201076
The size of the: 851 KB
Date of issue: April 1st 1988
Read full description of the books Grace: Secret Lives of a Princess:Published in 1987, five years after Grace Kelly's death, this book may have been more of a shocker than it is now. Up to her death, Kelly's image was of an ice princess with high morals. As this book revealed, the truth was otherwise, but it really is more of a 'whatever', as it seems the author wanted to make a mountain out of a molehill.
Grace Kelly was the daughter of Jack Kelly, a hardworking Irish-American who raised himself to become one of the most powerful men in Philadelphia. He didn't seem to have much love for his shy daughter, preferring his other children. The father's comments throughout Grace's life confirm that he never felt she was the best and ended up surprised that she not only became a movie star and award-winning actress but also, you know, a fairy-tale princess.
James Spada reveals her affairs with Bing Crosby, William Holden, Gary Cooper, Oleg Cassini just about everyone, which must have been devastating to discover in the 1980s. All in all, he decides she must have been a very lonely and miserable woman who fought with her two strong-willed daughters in the last years of her life. There are many interviews with other people (aka 'hearsay') which he uses to confirm this, so as a reader I really couldn't sit there and say, yup, that be the truth when it may not have been.
I learned more than I ever knew about Grace Kelly which isn't saying much as I didn't know anything about her, apart from her appearances in High Society and To Catch A Thief. Those two films summarized my entire Grace Kelly catalogue. Her life as Monaco royalty is chronicled here, too, and the gist of the message is that she missed making movies. Or something like that.
Standard celebrity tell-all bio written-after-a-celebrity-is-dead. Okay. But no Hitchcockian fireworks.
Book Season = Winter (ice ice baby to go)
Read information about the authorAs a thirteen-year-old kid in Staten Island, James Spada started the first Marilyn Monroe Memorial Fan Club. He produced four bulletins and one yearbook a year for four years, when he had to disband the club due to lack of money.
In college he founded EMK: The Edward M. Kennedy Quarterly, and worked as an intern in Senator Kennedy’s Boston office in 1970.
At 23 his first book, Barbra: The First Decade--The Films and Career of Barbra Streisand, was published. He followed that up with the authorized book The Films of Robert Redford. He went on to write illustrated coffee-table books about Streisand, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Midler, Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty, and Jane Fonda.
In 1987 his first non-pictorial
biography, Grace: The Secret Lives of a Princess, became a major international bestseller. He followed that up with intimate biographies of Peter Lawford, Bette Davis, Barbra Streisand, and Julia Roberts.
His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, People, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times Book Review, McCall’s, the Los Angeles Times, the London Sunday Express, and many other publications.
In 2010 his first work of fiction, Days When My Heart was Volcanic—A Novel of Edgar Allan Poe, was published.
In recent years he has become equally renowned as a photographer of the male nude. His first collection, Black & White Men, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award as the Best Visual Arts Book of 2000.
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