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Old 09-02-2011, 10:06 PM
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I think the best biography of Grace was by George Englund. It was published a couple of years after her death. The author had apparently been in contact with her and while she wanted to write her own autobiography at some point she agreed to contact people and allow them to talk to the author. It wasn;t all tabloid gossip like so many books have been.
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I think the best biography of Grace was by George Englund. It was published a couple of years after her death. The author had apparently been in contact with her and while she wanted to write her own autobiography at some point she agreed to contact people and allow them to talk to the author. It wasn;t all tabloid gossip like so many books have been.
It is Steven Englund - & yes I agree it is one of the best and most detailed biographies. The others I rate are Robert Lacey's & Sarah Bradford's accounts, and of course the autorised biography of Gwen Robyns.
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Over on the Princess Grace thread, Newbie JennieN was asking about biographies of Rainier. There is an official authorised biography by Peter Hawkins which was written in 1966 - you could probably get a copy on ABE books or Amazon marketplace - but obviously it only deals with the earlier years of his marriage. In answer to your other questions about Rainier's reported temper, yes I have read that too. In "Rainier & Grace" by Jeffrey Robinson, he recalls an interview with Stephanie when she mentions her dad's anger..."He doesn't stay angry long. But his voice changes & it gets pretty scarey for a few minutes. Then he calms down and he's a sweet little ***** cat. Still when he keeps growling, it's best to keep out of his way..." There's a few more sentences in that vein.
As to your other questions about Grace's alleged affairs with some of her leading men, well that is pretty widely reported in both biographies & TV interviews, but I personally think some writers have exaggerated & dwelt obsessively on this.

Just noticed the asterix above - it wasn't a rude word in the context quoted!
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Hollywood contemporaries of Grace (according to my mother) used to make comment about knowing Grace before she became a virgin.
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Hollywood contemporaries of Grace (according to my mother) used to make comment about knowing Grace before she became a virgin.
One Hollywood wag commented that Grace may never have stolen another womans husband but she certainly borrowed a few.
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Don't stop there KA and NG, keep 'em coming; you two are on a roll!
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Don't stop there KA and NG, keep 'em coming; you two are on a roll!
Warren you are naughty!
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'High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly' by Donald Spoto

Here's an article about this biography: 'High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly,' by Donald Spoto - ABC News

It sounds truly interesting and I am about to order it. But I'd like to read our forum members' reviews first. Has anyone read it? What do you think about it?
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I read it a while back. My impression was that it like reading a bunch of People magazine articles and old gossip columns. I didnt find anything new or especially interesting in it.
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Thank you, NGalitzine! But Spoto himself says that he corrected previous biographers, especially on Grace's love affairs before her marriage. I guess my question should be: might this bio be more reliable than the previous ones?
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It's a while since I read it but I don't recall feeling that this account of Grace's life particularly stood out for any new revelations. I think it was a fairly sanitised version but was interesting for the author's own account of meetings with Grace.
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A sanitised version, this is what I was afraid of. I usually avoid those. Who knows, maybe he just wanted to please the Grimaldis. Personally I find Robert Lacey's 'Grace' a very remarkable bio and a fascinating read. Thank you for your contribution, Elly C!
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I just got a copy of the book of black & white photos of Albert &Charlene's wedding: Albert et Charlene published by editions du Rocher. It has no text and contains some lovely intimate pictures from the various events of the wedding weekend. There are many beautiful shots of Charlene including one at the Palais with portrait of Grace in the background, and some great shots of Alexandra clearly enjoying the day. I don't have a scanner so I can't post any pics, but I can recommend it.
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Yes, Elly C I also recommend it, there are lovely intimate photos we never saw, there are many beautiful photos in black and white
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Hollywood contemporaries of Grace (according to my mother) used to make comment about knowing Grace before she became a virgin.

Now this is a riot, thanks so much for sharing!! lolol


Back to the books. I had heard about George Englund's bio of Grace but didn't know it was that good. So, right after reading Robert Lacey's book, would you recommend Englund's? I just don't want to get disappointed, I enjoyed Lacey's account very much!
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There isn't much to be found about Englund's book apart from the bare details and one very enthusiastic review from 2004 which is repeated across various book sites, and there is nothing I could find to explain the title.

"Grace of Monaco: An Interpretive Biography"
Steven Englund
first published 1984
3 editions

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"A beloved film star who married a prince, Grace Kelly's life was a fairy tale that ended in abrupt tragedy. Though one of the most famous women in the world, few people knew what she was really like. Now, Englund provides a riveting portrait as seen through the eyes of the people closest to her."

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"This is by far the best book I have ever read about Grace Kelly, Princess Grace of Monaco. Steven Englund did a remarkable job in bringing humanity and depth to Princess Grace, from her acting days, to her marriage to the Prince of Monaco. What I found poignantly touching was how much Grace missed her acting days, and how she was not able to continue acting due to her role as Princess of Monaco.

Grace was the epitome of a gem of a soul who sought to help the sick, the poor, and the downtrodden. She did so through charities she created, and set an example of the power of giving.


If you are interested in reading a biography that is in depth, genuine, and filled with examples to follow, I highly recommend this book. Outstanding!

Barbara Rose, author of, 'Individual Power' and 'If God Was Like Man'. "
[Barbara can also be found, unsurprisingly, at BornToInspire.com]

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I rate Englund's biography as one of the best. It is extremely detailed and from what I remember well written.
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Thank you for your comment Warren, much appreciated! I may order the bio anyway, remarkable or not, just to satisfy my curiosity.
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Books that I know of relating to the royal family of monaco:
- The Grace Kelly years : princess of monaco
by frederic mitterrand

- the grimaldis of monaco
by anne edwards

- princess of monaco: the story of gace kelly
by gant gaither

- caroline and stephanie: the lives of the princesses of monaco
by susan crimp

- once upon a time: behind the fairy tale of princess grace and prince ranier
by j. randy taraborrelli

- true grace: the life and times of an american princess
by wedy leigh

They all look to be good books to have if an fan of the princely family
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Charlene magazine
Just picked up this special edition magazine celebrating the first year of Charlene as princess of Monaco. Although the text is in French, there are plenty of lovely pics - would really recommend it.
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