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He becameGaining unprecedented access to her family and friends he tells the story of a complex and conflicted woman determined to live her dreamThe bestselling biographer also reveals new details about Grace’s tragic early death in a car accident that sent shockwaves arou As should be evident by the fact that this is the fifth book of his I have read I have such affection for Robert Lacey He is a skilled wordsmith painting portraits of his subjects both the titular ones and the supporting characters with a wonderful mix of deference and levity beauty and skepticism intrigue and self awarenessAnd of course Grace continues in this fine literary tradition of Mr Lacey s He is at his best when presenting royalty with a fair deal of frankness and this subject allows him to once again showcase his abilities At the same time his usual routine in this regard is naturally disrupted by the fact that Grace was not always an aristocrat in the true sense of the word and it is when describing her life pre Monaco that the book truly shinesIn fact the brilliant passages come from the first half which deals with Philadelphia and the Kelly family with Hollywood and Alfred Hitchcock It seems that Grace The Actress was a interesting subject for Mr Lacey than was Grace The Princess because the first half of the book is detailed better structured and overall indicative of the admirable style of his which melds together reverence and realism Once the USS Constitution docks in Monte Carlo for the Wedding of the Century however the story becomes far shallow and ridiculously un selfaware The straightforward linear thread of the first half becomes a tangled mess of yarn with which a kitten must have played because the book loses something once Grace becomes royal Which if it were a novel would probably be a very clever Virginia Woolf esue stylistic choice in which the writing style mirrors the aimless feeling of the protagonist but instead serves only to weaken this Robert Lacey BiographyBut overall it is a beautifully written text a fairly objective survey of a great and shining life It is delicate and detailed and a delight to read just another example of why Mr Lacey is one of the excellent royal biographers Banned in Britain reveals new details about Grace’s tragic early death in a car accident that sent shockwaves arou As should be evident by the fact that this is the fifth book of his I have Hour of the Beast read I have such affection for Robert Lacey He is a skilled wordsmith painting portraits of his subjects both the titular ones and the supporting characters with a wonderful mix of deference and levity beauty and skepticism intrigue and self awarenessAnd of course Grace continues in this fine literary tradition of Mr Lacey s He is at his best when presenting Dictionary Of Dreams royalty with a fair deal of frankness and this subject allows him to once again showcase his abilities At the same time his usual The Love of a Latino routine in this Other Days, Other Eyes regard is naturally disrupted by the fact that Grace was not always an aristocrat in the true sense of the word and it is when describing her life pre Monaco that the book truly shinesIn fact the brilliant passages come from the first half which deals with Philadelphia and the Kelly family with Hollywood and Alfred Hitchcock It seems that Grace The Actress was a interesting subject for Mr Lacey than was Grace The Princess because the first half of the book is detailed better structured and overall indicative of the admirable style of his which melds together Deception Island reverence and The Family realism Once the USS Constitution docks in Monte Carlo for the Wedding of the Century however the story becomes far shallow and The First Partition of Poland ridiculously un selfaware The straightforward linear thread of the first half becomes a tangled mess of yarn with which a kitten must have played because the book loses something once Grace becomes The Hero of Varay royal Which if it were a novel would probably be a very clever Virginia Woolf esue stylistic choice in which the writing style mirrors the aimless feeling of the protagonist but instead serves only to weaken this Robert Lacey BiographyBut overall it is a beautifully written text a fairly objective survey of a great and shining life It is delicate and detailed and a delight to Palestrina and Other Plays read just another example of why Mr Lacey is one of the excellent Blackmailed By Daddy royal biographers

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Movie legend princess tragic heroine The moment Grace Kelly stepped into the spotlight in the world was entrancedIn this definitive biography of Hollywood’s sweetheart Robert Lacey looks behind the fairytale facade to reveal the real story of Princess Grace of Monaco as s In my view Grace Kelly was a competent though somewhat lacking actress If she hadn t married a prince and retired at the peak of her career I doubt very much she would have been remembered let alone become an iconSo what exactly drew me into reading a biography about her Mainly it was my passion for Classic Hollywood I only knew the basic facts about Grace Kelly her marriage into royalty her premature retirement from acting her gruesome death in a car accident and after watching three of her films and reading that she was much complex than she seemed I became curious Robert Lacey s book has been criticized for being salacious and there are indeed some details about Grace s love life I could have done without and about her acting career and charity work he should have included the focus on her affairs irritated me so much that at one point I stamped a note on one of the pages He almost made it seem as if her career on which she worked hard was just an excuse to have romantic relationships Nevertheless he doesn t shy away from the ugly truth like the fact that her father an Olympic champion was emotionally abusive controlling and anti Semitic Grace spent all her life trying to win his approval and was never able to step away from his shadowLacey posits the theory that her film career has endured because she was in the right place at the right time Ingrid Bergman the resident cool blonde of Hollywood had shattered the illusion of inaccessibility by having an affair with director Roberto Rossellini and getting pregnant out of wedlock Audiences needed a substitute an actress whose sex appeal was enticing precisely because it was only hinted at the opposite of Marilyn Monroe And then Grace caught the eye of Alfred Hitchcock who cast her in Dial M for Murder 1954 the first of the three films they would make together Although Grace loved Rainier in the beginning she hadn t seen his worst ualities when she married him and because there was a Grimaldi family law that dictated their children would remain with him if they divorced she wasted the rest of her life posing as a decorative princess looking beautiful in public while struggling with her demons in private frustrated creativity loneliness marital difficulties the rebelliousness of her daughters and a possible drinking problemGrace Kelly s life can be summed up with the final speech of her film The Swan 1956 when her character also a princess chooses appearances over passionThink what it means to be a swan to glide like a dream on the smooth surface of the lake and never go on the shore On dry land where ordinary people walk the swan is awkward even ridiculous When she waddles up the bank she painfully resembles a goose So there she must stay out on the lake silent white majestic Be a bird but never fly Know one song but never sing it until the moment of her death And so it must be for you Alexandra head high cool indifference to the staring crowds along the bank And the song Never I guess people don t like it when fairytales are spoilt

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Nd the world and lifts the lid on the affairs that rocked her marriage to Prince Rainier IIIThis enhanced edition from Apostrophe Books also provides access to photographs video links to newsreel footage and trailers to of Grace Kelly’s filmshttpwwwapostrophebookscomgrace A pretty comprehensive biography of Grace Kelly leaves one with a sense of sadness over her early death and the emptiness of the latter part of her life


About the Author: Robert Lacey

Robert Lacey is a British historian noted for his original research which gets him close to and often living alongside his subjects He is the author of numerous international bestsellersAfter writing his first works of historical biography Robert Earl of Essex and Sir Walter Ralegh Robert wrote Majesty his pioneering biography of ueen Elizabeth II Published in Majesty remainsack.



10 thoughts on “Grace author Robert Lacey

  1. says:

    The three stars are for the information provided about Grace Kelly which is the only reason in my opinion to read this one I find this book lacking both in heart and emotional insight Minus this the reader feels an emotional distance from Grace making some of her dalliances seem tawdry rather than wistful or sadThere has yet to be a truly great bio of this lovely star whose public image of a woman lovely and

  2. says:

    Hmm What do I think about this book It's not what I expected I literally just finished this book and I am inclined to give it four stars It would not be fair to punish Robert Lacey for not writing some kind of Princess Diar

  3. says:

    In my view Grace Kelly was a competent though somewhat lacking actress If she hadn’t married a prince and retired at the peak of her career I doubt very much she would have been remembered let alone become an iconSo what exactly drew me into reading a biography about her Mainly it was my passion for Classic Hollywood I only knew the basic facts about Grace Kelly her marriage into royalty her premature retirement from acting her

  4. says:

    As should be evident by the fact that this is the fifth book of his I have read I have such affection for Robert Lacey He is a skille

  5. says:

    Added 83116 first published January 1st 1994 TITLE Grace Her Lives Her Loves The startling royal exposé BY Robert LaceyGrace Kelly's life is very interesting to read about She wasn't always the reserved dignified figure she presented to the public I am currently reading bit by bit my Kindle edition31217 I finally finished reading this Kindle editionI found the following interesting uote in the bookPoetry reading is the chamber music of the

  6. says:

    I found this book to be informative and a mostly sympathetic depiction of Grace Kelly the Philadelphia born actr

  7. says:

    A most revealing biography of Grace Kelly There was a passionate soul beneath her very proper appearance Her family especially her father were just really awful to her No wonder she looked for love and approval from older sophisticated men Sad that her marriage didn't turn out as she expected and her daughters were such brats I a

  8. says:

    Grace Kelly was known to me as this glorious movie actress who did only a few movies but managed to flame and really leaves an impression as an actress in some great movies which I really enjoy until today I showed my mother a remastered bluray of Hitchcocks Rear Window and she really loved and was surprised sh

  9. says:

    A pretty comprehensive biography of Grace Kelly leaves one with a sense of sadness over her early death and the emptiness of the latter part of her life

  10. says:

    This was a lovely jaunt of a book I enjoyed my journey through her life thanks to the painstakingly researched but highly sensitive narrative of the author From Philadelphia upper middle class family life to a film star and then princess are the ingredients of a fairy tale However played out on the world stage she learned

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