Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Grace: Secret Lives of a Princess” as Want to Read:
Grace: Secret Lives of a Princess
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Grace: Secret Lives of a Princess

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  435 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Dell (first published January 2nd 1985)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Grace, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Grace

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.60  · 
Rating details
 ·  435 ratings  ·  28 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Grace: Secret Lives of a Princess
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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 s
Jessica DeWitt
Before reading this book I was not a Grace Kelly fan. In fact, I have never seen a Grace Kelly film. I only knew that she was a famous classic film star who married into Monaco royalty. Therefore, I had no real expectations going into this book and I really did not expect it to be an absolutely thrilling read. And it wasn't. James Spada claims that he his book exposes the juicy tidbits of Grace Kelly's existence, if this is true then I would hate to read those accounts that come before this one. ...more
Sarah Andreotti
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I first heard about this book in a Twitter thread somebody had going about Grace Kelly. I was intrigued because I had seen her in Rear Window and Dial M for Murder, but didn't know much about her besides that she was the Princess of Monaco. The Twitter thread was talking about her "wild" younger days which I had no clue about, and cited this book and two others, so I headed to Amazon and got this one.
I, at first, found this book to be pretty interesting- it has interviews from Grace's family an
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I picked up this book because I have always wondered what happened in the fatal car crash that ended the Princess's life. I have heard so many theories and unfortunately this book does not really give any more clues. I am not a biography specialist but it felt this one lacked of something, maybe some parti-pris from the writer. It was like he just patchworked chronologically interviews about Grace Kelly. Some of them were contradictary and I think it would have been more 'reader-friendly', to li ...more
Leslie Goddard
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This biography is readable and cover Grace's lifestory in good detail. Spada mostly avoids the tabloid sensibilities of some other Grace biographers. So I’m not sure why it just doesn’t “click” into a compelling, insightful read. But judging from the mostly 2-to-3 star reviews on Good Reads, many agree. I wonder if it’s because it hasn’t aged well since originally published in 1988, when the myth of the pure, regal, saintly Grace still had widespread authority and the revelations seemed sensatio ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Book number 19 of 2019. Full title "Grace Kelly: Secret Life Of A Princess"

I picked this up second hand and wasn't expecting much from it, it's been sitting on my shelf for years waiting to be read. I didn't know anything about Grace Kelly until a trip to Monaco a few years ago, and even then I didn't know much. Predactibly it covers everything from her early life and her short acting career through to her years as Princess Of Monaco and one of the most famous people in the world, but it also te
I had no preconceived notions about Grace Kelly before this book as I was somewhat unaware of her. I had, of course, heard of Marilyn Monroe and others who were famous at the same time. So, in this way the book added a bit to the history of the time and educated me. I have now read some bios of people from the same time period and am sickened by the falseness of the times and attempts to show many of the "stars" in a unreal moral light. The pendulum of the times has swung far to the other side ...more
Kai Hodge
Feb 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the better biographies on Grace

The many different sides of Grace Kelly. She just wasn't this removed, distant gorgeous movie star she was that too but she was also very dignified deep compassionate rebellious and selfless person. She was a walking Paradox she personified the saintly ability to connect with other people but at the same time she also enjoyed exploits that would be considered condemnable. She chose marriage and motherhood over her career and while it might have seemed like s
Callie W
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-biographies
Very well researched and written. Really helped me envision who Grace Kelly was. I related to her - not only because we share a birthday - but because she was raised in an Irish Catholic family. I think because it was written within 5 years of her death, there were a lot of details that were glossed over and the last few chapters were rather rushed (or that may have been because I read it faster at the end).
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Grace Kelly's life was really interesting and I enjoyed reading more about it. Spada hasn't created a literary masterpiece here, but for me the book fulfilled its purpose in giving me more information about a woman I find fascinating. ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
More focus is placed on the men in Grace’s life than on her. I didn’t find any of the implications made about her love life believable. Seemed like gossip from someone who didn’t know her at all and really painted her in a negative light. Wish I’d skipped this one.
Enjoyed this book. She lived an interesting life, worth writing about and also worth reading about.
Amélie Brouillard
cool to learn about her life, but man is the author biased and judgmental.
#Edición 1987
*Want to read
angelina :)
Dan McKeown
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A sad complicated lady surrounded by the rigours of the church which kept her in a place which she felt trapped her
Mar 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
im either in love with her or i want to be her maybe a little bit of both
Debbie Shoulders
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Heavily researched, Spada seems to have aggregated information from sources widely known and a few "close" friends and family to help the reader understand the seemingly cool Grace Kelly. Coming from a up and coming Irish family in Philadelphia, moving on to New York and Hollywood, the actress finally decides her ultimate role is one of reviving the small nation of Monaco's economy and becoming a wife of its ruler.

Despite footnotes that accompany almost every fact in the book Grace still seems
Lisa James
This is a book that gives a surprising look into Grace Kelly's life. It tells the good, the bad, & the ugly, when all we've ever heard of before was the good. It lets us know that she was indeed all too human behind that porcelain pretty exterior, a woman with heart, heartbreak, passion, sorrows, & everything else. Nicely done... ...more
So disappointed with it.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
The book was very interesting. I don't know how much of it I believe. Seems like a lot of it is hearsay after the fact. ...more
Andrea Pulaski
What an exceptional woman. The story of her life is heartbreaking from the abortion to the stroke and car accident. Still a great woman with a name that says it all.
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent Read

This biography is focused on the relationships Grace Kelly so that the full picture of who she was is illustrated.
Cassandra Javier
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
uhm, possibly one of the most boring biographies I've read. :/ love Princess Grace, but this didn't do her justice. ...more
Oct 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
read this for work. made me want to read more about hitchcock. they worked on a few films together and seemed to have a lot of fun
rated it really liked it
Feb 03, 2012
Carol Nicholson
rated it liked it
Jun 03, 2020
william f. Oravetz
rated it liked it
Jul 07, 2022
rated it it was amazing
Jul 03, 2015
Kevin Ott
rated it it was amazing
Oct 12, 2022
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • William at 40: The Making of a Modern Monarch
  • Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
  • Pieces of My Heart: A Life
  • Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac
  • Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison
  • American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst
  • Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties
  • Duke: We're Glad We Knew You: John Wayne's Friends and Colleagues Remember His RemarkableLife
  • Sweet Thursday (Cannery Row, #2)
  • The First Mistake
  • The Other Mrs. Miller
  • Dean Martin: A Biography of the Legendary Actor, Singer, and Comedian
  • At the Quiet Edge
  • Bombshell: The Night Bobby Kennedy Killed Marilyn Monroe
  • For the Love of Friends
  • Murder at Teal's Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks
  • Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult
  • I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank the Irishman Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa
See similar books…
As 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 Deca

Related Articles

March is Women’s History Month, dedicated to the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.   Some...
289 likes · 70 comments
“could possibly be.” 1 likes
“Gli anni della scuola superiore sono tra i più felici oppure un periodo che si aspetta solo che finisca. Per Grace sembra che sia stato in buona misura un periodo di questo genere.” 0 likes
More quotes…