The Inspiring Story of How An American Film Star Became a Princess
Author: Jennifer Warner
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
Category: Biography & Autobiography
She has been called America’s princess – and with good reason. Long before she married a prince, Grace Kelly had the looks and bearing of royalty. Born and raised in Philadelphia, the daughter of an Irish Catholic father and a German immigrant mother, Grace’s blend of blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty and poise was dubbed a “snow-covered volcano” by director Alfred Hitchcock. But like most icons, there is more to Grace than what you see in film. While, on the surface, she appeared to have lived a real-life fairy tale filled with handsome men, beautiful clothes and an adoring public, in reality, her life seems to have been more of an often sad reflection of the times in which she lived. It was a time of movie megastars, of hushed-up love affairs, of prejudice and gossip, and of images not always being what they appeared to be. Long before the world admired Kate Middleton’s sophisticated sense of style, and long before the world fell in love with young Lady Diana’s shy smile, there was a breathtakingly beautiful princess from Philadelphia. Her name was Grace Kelly, and this is her story.
Three young women meet while living at the Barbizon Hotel in 1955 New York, one trying to make it in the publishing field, another who dreams of singing at the Stork Club and the third who is battling personal demons. Reading-group guide online. Original. 20,000 first printing.
To a few people, she was Grace Kelly of Philadelphia. To her movie fans, she was a cool, dignified and glamorous leading lady, and to countless others, she was the American girl who became a fairy-tale princess. Now, in this new paper doll collection, noted illustrator Tom Tierney recreates over 30 memorable outfits worn by the actress in major rolls and events in her life. Sixteen full-color plates include four dolls (three of Grace and one of Prince Rainier), while 32 skillfulkly rendered illustrations of costumes, gowns and outfits recall special events - from a dress worn in her professional stage debut in 1949, to a Dior outfit worn at a party in her honor in 1982. Her film fans will be pleased to find costumes from 11 film roles, including an appropriately prim dress she wore as Gary Cooper's Quaker bride in "High Noon" (1952); an elegant evening ensemble from "Rear Window" (1954); the sumptuous evening dress worn in "To Catch a Thief" (1955); and a graceful gown from "The Swan" (1956). Also included in this volume are the dress worn for the Academy Awards presentation at which she won her 1954 Oscar, and here royal wedding gown - made of 250 yards of antique heirloom lace. Two family groupings also feature delightful portraits of the royal children. Paper doll enthusiasts will want to add this unique volume to their collection, while Grace Kelly fans and movie buffs will treaure this colorful tribute to a talented actress and charming modern-day princess.
The definitive visual biography of Grace Kelly’s unforgettable Hollywood career, chronicled in 400 extraordinary black-and white and color photographs, including many never-before-seen. "Mr. Hitchcock taught me everything about cinema. It was thanks to him that I understood that murder scenes should be shot like love scenes and love scenes like murder scenes."—Grace Kelly No movie star of the 1950s was more beautiful, sophisticated, or glamorous than Grace Kelly. The epitome of elegance, the patrician young blonde from Philadelphia conquered Hollywood and won an Academy Award for Best Actress in just six years, then married a prince in a storybook royal wedding. Today, more than thirty years after her death, Grace Kelly remains an inspiring fashion icon. Filled with a dazzling array of photographs, many from original negatives, Grace Kelly showcases the legend’s brief yet significant acting career as never before. Blending pictures and memorabilia, this breathtaking compendium traces every step of her artistic journey, including her early television appearances, her breakout role opposite Gary Cooper in High Noon (1952), her exceptional collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock on her most indelible films—Dial M for Murder with Ray Milland (1954), Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart (1954), and To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant (1955)—and her performance in the musical High Society (1956) alongside Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. A stunning gallery of more than 400 prized and rare photographs and illustrations—precious childhood snapshots, previously unpublished Edith Head and Helen Rose wardrobe sketches, original portraits, scene stills, on-set candids, wardrobe test shots, vintage magazine covers, and rare reproductions of exhibitor’s showmanship manuals showing how film studios marketed Grace Kelly as a star—Grace Kelly captures this beloved luminary’s eternal beauty as never before, and is a fresh, celebratory look at her remarkable career and her enduring cultural influence.
Grace Patricia Kelly (12 November 1929 14 September 1982) was an American actress who, in April 1956, married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, to become princess consort of Monaco, styled as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco and commonly referred to as Princess Grace. This book is your ultimate resource for Grace Kelly. Here you will find the most up-to-date information, photos, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Grace Kelly's Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: Grace Kelly, Academy Award for Best Actress, Aimée de Heeren, Alec Guinness, Alfred Hitchcock, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Anthony Dawson, Ava Gardner, Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Charlene, Princess of Monaco, Charlotte Casiraghi, Cheryl Ladd, Clark Gable, Cole Porter, Dial M for Murder, Diana, Princess of Wales, Elitch Theatre, Frederick Knott, French Riviera, Gary Cooper, Gene Tierney, George Kelly (playwright), Grace Kelly (song), Grace Kelly filmography, Grace of Monaco (film), Green Fire, Helen Rose, Henley Royal Regatta, High Noon, High Society (1956 film), Howell Conant, Ian McShane, International Best Dressed List and more pages! Contains selected content from the highest rated entries, typeset, printed and shipped, combining the advantages of up-to-date and in-depth knowledge with the convenience of printed books. A portion of the proceeds of each book will be donated to the Wikimedia Foundation to support their mission.
One of the most admired women in the world, Grace Kelly is remembered for her beauty, grace and style. Her fairy-tale wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco was one of the most celebrated of the century. This work tells the story behind her wedding gown, made in strict secrecy at MGM Studios.
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. From the Hardcover edition.
Princess Grace has bequeathed us an image of immutable elegance. We may never have seen any of her films or visited the Principality of Monaco, yet this image remains present in all our minds. This beautifully illustrated book will retrace all the various periods and facets of Princess Grace's life, from the Hollywood star to the Princess of Monaco ceaselessly promoting the international repute of a Principality that adopted and loved her from the moment she set foot on its Rock in 1956. This is the definitive illustrated portrait of a fine actress, great beauty, and icon of American style, but also of a passionate philanthropist, known for her generosity and kindness.