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True Grace: The Life and Times of an American Princess
by Wendy Leigh (Goodreads Author)
LARGE PRINT EDITION. "True Grace: The Life and Times of an American Princess" by Wendy Leigh. St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books, 650 pages.
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books
(first published 2007)
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Having read previous biographies of a true, twentieth-century icon, I approached this one with caution. Over 31 years since her tragic death, the saccharin-coated eulogies of someone who was termed a fairy-tale princess have evaporated. The gloves are off, yet Wendy Leigh, in giving us a well-researched, warts-and-all account of the life of Grace Kelly, aka Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, paints a touching picture of her subject. From being the all-American girl who found her way i ...more
This is the worst biography I have ever read and the most disappointing book I've read in a long time. Leigh seems obsessed with Grace's romantic life and spends more time trying to root out scandal than conveying meaningful information about Grace Kelly's personality and character. The writing was poor (e.g., "On the penultimate night of the voyage, less than two days before the boat was due to dock," and "a newsletter that listed the names of visiting celebrities visiting Paris"--where was her ...more
Out of all the princesses I have always been most interested in the life of Princess Grace. I don't know if it is my love of old movies or the fact that I have been told many times by a friend of the families that i am an old soul but in reading this book I learned so much about her and am even more fascinated with her and her life. She was not only beautiful but talented, caring and strong through her life struggles . This book gave me insight into her life and learned things about her that I w ...more
Despite the quality of the writing, I enjoyed reading this biography because I have always admired Princess Grace. However, I have read other Grace Kelly biographies and this one did not provide a thorough description of her life, but was instead more of an overview. What I appreciated about this biography was the author's approach of depicting Grace as who she truly was: an inspiring woman who fearlessly confronted adversity and always held family as a priority.
Amazing story yet heartbreaking...I have always admired Grace because I thought of her as this graceful, sophisticated, honest woman..plus every girl dreams of the fairy tale that she seemed to live..after reading this book, you look at Grace Kelly in a different way and you realize the fairy tale is not always as glamorous as the Disney movies portray.
This is probably the 6th biography of Grace Kelly that I have read and I felt that it was easily the weakest. In fairness to Wendy Leigh, she had clearly conducted her own research and she did present some new stories and anecdotes. However it felt like she was more pre-occupied with digging up new scandals than with presenting a cohesive picture of who Grace was. She glosses over significant events such as Grace meeting Rainier, why she decided to marry him and barely mentions Grace's death. In ...more
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 surprising exception of her marriage with Prince Ranier, which was quickly reviewed. More insight, perhaps, was given to Grace's troubling relationship with her father but, again, her marriage to the Prince and residence in Monaco over the course of 25 years was covered in a minimum number of pages. The ...more
This was more interesting and more in-depth than the ones I have read on Grace in the past. This book concentrated on the all parts of the Princess's life. It talked about her different romances with men in hollywood. Let me just say she slept around a bit. It was very nice with that after her marriage they talked about possible romances she might have had and that her husband did keep mistresses, but it didn't explicitly say this is who she defiantly did do something with after her marriage. I ...more
Princess Grace dies too soon. The book talks about all aspects of her life. She slept with a lot of men but in that age of Hollywood all the movies stars dis that. i think her marriage was privately arranged by her father so that he and Grace could have more social status. The Prince of Monaco was about to lose his tiny kingdom unless he turned things around. What better than to marry a high profile movie star. It worked too. But her married life was not perfect, he had mistresses and she devote ...more
I read this book in a moment of weakness. I've always thought Grace Kelly was absolutely gorgeous, and she is. However, I think I was better off not knowing about her daddy complex and all the various men she slept with and what an asshole Prince Rainier was. The book is also very badly written and clearly only got a very cursory copyedit, at best. Glad I got it from the library and didn't actually pay money for it.
I've been reading this book since September, and have read at least 4 other books since starting this book. It was the first biography I've really ever read, and I really can't say that I enjoyed it. I know SO much about Grace Kelly now! This book told me everything about her. She grew up in Philadelphia, and she had so many juicy affairs with movie starts, etc. I'm glad I have the knowledge about her, but this book was a little bit of a drag.
Grace Kelly did not have the perfect princess fairytale life that was assumed by many. This story tells of the life of Grace filled with want of acceptance from her father, failed loves, and lack of true happiness. Not a happy life, with a tragic ending. The book was interesting, but not the happiest story in the world.
This book was so terribly written. It was nothing more than a series of gossipy quotes strung together in random fashion. There was nothing interpretive or insightful about it. It was a cardboard portrait of a woman whose life was certainly more interesting than presented here.