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Grace Kelly She was a famous American starlet who ended up living every girl's dream of becoming a princess. This American celebrity married the prince of Monaco at the age of 26 and left Hollywood behind to become a monarch. Who was Grace Kelly? Was she an American icon? Was she the much-needed life support of an antiquated royal family? Was she just a trendsetter who got Grace Kelly She was a famous American starlet who ended up living every girl's dream of becoming a princess. This American celebrity married the prince of Monaco at the age of 26 and left Hollywood behind to become a monarch. Who was Grace Kelly? Was she an American icon? Was she the much-needed life support of an antiquated royal family? Was she just a trendsetter who got lucky or was the character of Grace Kelly something that biographers, historians, and paparazzi all missed entirely? Conspiracy theorists and gossip column veterans seemed to have had a field day ever since Kelly's car ran off the side of a cliff and led to her untimely demise. But greater than any Hollywood cliff-hanger, the life of Grace Kelly demands our attention and respect. Inside you will read about... - Early Modeling Career - Parental Problems - Work with Hitchcock - To Catch a Prince - Princess or Prisoner And much more! So, let us move beyond the many years of hype and hyperbole. Come along with us as we explore the true-life story of an American princess; come along with us as we come to grips with the life of Grace Kelly.


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Grace Kelly She was a famous American starlet who ended up living every girl's dream of becoming a princess. This American celebrity married the prince of Monaco at the age of 26 and left Hollywood behind to become a monarch. Who was Grace Kelly? Was she an American icon? Was she the much-needed life support of an antiquated royal family? Was she just a trendsetter who got Grace Kelly She was a famous American starlet who ended up living every girl's dream of becoming a princess. This American celebrity married the prince of Monaco at the age of 26 and left Hollywood behind to become a monarch. Who was Grace Kelly? Was she an American icon? Was she the much-needed life support of an antiquated royal family? Was she just a trendsetter who got lucky or was the character of Grace Kelly something that biographers, historians, and paparazzi all missed entirely? Conspiracy theorists and gossip column veterans seemed to have had a field day ever since Kelly's car ran off the side of a cliff and led to her untimely demise. But greater than any Hollywood cliff-hanger, the life of Grace Kelly demands our attention and respect. Inside you will read about... - Early Modeling Career - Parental Problems - Work with Hitchcock - To Catch a Prince - Princess or Prisoner And much more! So, let us move beyond the many years of hype and hyperbole. Come along with us as we explore the true-life story of an American princess; come along with us as we come to grips with the life of Grace Kelly.

30 review for Grace Kelly: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bronwyn

    This is about princess Grace from her birth as Grace kelly, her life as an actress and finally her life as princess Grace of monaco until her death in an auto accident in 1981, it is a good read for people who enjoy autobiographies

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I have loved Grace Kelly films for many, many years and still watch them to this day .. Magumbo, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief & High Society .. So I was delighted to see this short Bio available on kindle. I know the outline of her life, and found this provided a little more background information without being too in depth. A great little read about a very beautiful but ultimately troubled woman who sadly left us too soon ..

  3. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    Many people believe that the American debutante from Philadelphia, Grace Kelly, lived the charmed and privileged life she was destined to lead. As with so many fairy tale stories, the truth is not so simple or so sweet and what the world sees, or wants to believe, isn’t the truth. It is true that Grace Kelly was born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. In Grace’s case, as with many others with this particular dining table attribute lodged in her mouth, nearly strangled her. Not in the Many people believe that the American debutante from Philadelphia, Grace Kelly, lived the charmed and privileged life she was destined to lead. As with so many fairy tale stories, the truth is not so simple or so sweet and what the world sees, or wants to believe, isn’t the truth. It is true that Grace Kelly was born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. In Grace’s case, as with many others with this particular dining table attribute lodged in her mouth, nearly strangled her. Not in the conventional sense but in a much more cruel and sinister way. Like most good daughters, Grace coveted parental love, respect, and approval. None of these were ever really afforded Grace. Her childhood dream of becoming an actress on the silver screen was realized but without the support or approval of her conservative and traditional Catholic family. Unlike the pure and wholesome characters she portrayed in her films, Grace Kelly had a spontaneous, romantic, and promiscuous side that disgusted her parents and, more often than not, left her heartbroken. She was clearly a woman in need. Her introduction, romance, engagement, and eventual marriage to Prince Rainier Grimaldi of Monaco were the high points in her life. That her life would thereafter become stagnate and decline into a virtual prisoner in a gilded cage, is the story the society photographers and journalists missed. Her story adds light to the current ME TOO movement as her encounter with writer/director Al Cap will attest to. I enjoyed this short history of an icon of the silver screen. It proves once more that not all fairy tales end happily ever after.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Virginia O'Malley

    Grace Kelly: A Life From Beginning to End Author: Hourly History Publisher: KDP (Kindle Edition) This is a beautifully written short read book on the life of Grace Kelly of Irish-Philadelphian heritage born to Jack and Margaret Kelly. Starting with her life as a child, and by the age of 18 years old, she was studying at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts and soon after this, making her own money as a model at $7.50 an hour is a staggering salary for 1948. Then in time, she became a famous movie Grace Kelly: A Life From Beginning to End Author: Hourly History Publisher: KDP (Kindle Edition) This is a beautifully written short read book on the life of Grace Kelly of Irish-Philadelphian heritage born to Jack and Margaret Kelly. Starting with her life as a child, and by the age of 18 years old, she was studying at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts and soon after this, making her own money as a model at $7.50 an hour is a staggering salary for 1948. Then in time, she became a famous movie star, and Alfred Hitchcock was one of her favorite movie Directors, Grace starred in many of his movies, and many more also brushing shoulders with the likes of Clark Gable, James Stewart, and Bing Crosby just to mention a few of her co-stars. Grace played Princess Alexandra in her final movie and finally married Prince Rainier whom she had met at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955 and in April 1956 she became Princess Grace of Monaco. She led a very interesting life and this is a lovely look into the past and a highly recommended read. The book contains some lovely quotes from the princess, three, in particular, that caught my eye, "I've had happy moments in my life, but I don't think that happiness - being happy - is a perpetual state that anyone can be in. Life isn't that way." and another one of her quotes, "I never say 'never' and I never say 'always'" and finally, "The idea of my life as a fairy tale is itself a fairy tale." Grace Kelly - Princess Grace of Monaco -12.11.1929 to 13.09.1982

  5. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Beige

    I saw a story about Grace Kelly and her spirit, soul has been with me since, here as I write this I feel them. The physical aspect of the movie: ( The Grace Kelly's Story, 1983) I watched about Grace Kelly boiled down to Grace Kelly having a car accident and her death. That is what I remember from that movie. It is easy to miss Grace Kelly's career as an Actress when people are so recognize Ingrid Bergman, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth etc. What did she do in Hollywood? Grace Kelly, what did she I saw a story about Grace Kelly and her spirit, soul has been with me since, here as I write this I feel them. The physical aspect of the movie: ( The Grace Kelly's Story, 1983) I watched about Grace Kelly boiled down to Grace Kelly having a car accident and her death. That is what I remember from that movie. It is easy to miss Grace Kelly's career as an Actress when people are so recognize Ingrid Bergman, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth etc. What did she do in Hollywood? Grace Kelly, what did she do in Hollywood? My pre life life when, Grace Kelly, was not known in my consciousness, I was never bothered about her issues, and her " mysterious" death. Grace Kelly's beautiful aura, her soft nature, and angelic quality on screen in offers layers of experiences that are her trademark! The ability to be and know what is important, her truth makes Grace Kelly a great candidate to be written about, her soul, spirit makes movies that are about her. Grace Kelly's dealing with life and it's challenging presentation of difficult problems made it difficult to deal with with her: An Angel has flaws and to be great is to be able to fall when life is hard. Grace Kelly: A Life From Beginning To End: the minute we see Grace Kelly as a Famous, Actress, Princess stepped to a world unknown to us is the moment we also fall, This book of her life is just right because we need to read and get to know her!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    Hourly History writes great film star biographies; I thought this one wasn't quite as good as most of the others.  The author told a great deal about Grace Kelly's early life and her shyness and feelings of inferiority.  She was from a wealthy Irish-Catholic family and was successful from a young age.  Grace certainly was very different from her chaste persona touted by the film production studios. Where I think the book drops off is after Grace's marriage.  It seemed to jump from her immediate p Hourly History writes great film star biographies; I thought this one wasn't quite as good as most of the others.  The author told a great deal about Grace Kelly's early life and her shyness and feelings of inferiority.  She was from a wealthy Irish-Catholic family and was successful from a young age.  Grace certainly was very different from her chaste persona touted by the film production studios. Where I think the book drops off is after Grace's marriage.  It seemed to jump from her immediate pregnancies to losing her life in a car wreck.  I wondered how well she was accepted by the citizens of Monaco since she was never successful in learning enough French to converse with the populace.  I would think that just that one issue (inability to converse in French) would put a serious damper on Grace's success as a royal.  After all, she had more than 20 years to learn the language. I was also surprised that the book did not raise the issue that Stephanie was driving the day of the wreck.  It was widely reported; but not until well after the fact.  Overall, I learned a great deal about the star -- in about an hour.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    I downloaded this as a free book quite a while ago and it was not until I watched a recent documentary on the "Hollywood Princess" that I wanted to read a bit more about Grace herself. I thought that the book was well laid out, it was informative and it was a great introduction to Grace, some of her films and her eventual departure from Hollywood to become the Princess of Monaco. It was written like a fiction book more than a biography and I enjoyed that style - it really suited this book as Grac I downloaded this as a free book quite a while ago and it was not until I watched a recent documentary on the "Hollywood Princess" that I wanted to read a bit more about Grace herself. I thought that the book was well laid out, it was informative and it was a great introduction to Grace, some of her films and her eventual departure from Hollywood to become the Princess of Monaco. It was written like a fiction book more than a biography and I enjoyed that style - it really suited this book as Grace's life for many was seen as a fairytale with her marrying her Prince. I would have liked a bit more about the darker side of becoming Royalty but that is probably for a book that allows a bit more development of the book, after all this was really a book to be read in an hour! I knew that she had died in a car crash but never really read much about it and the tragic events that would eventually take her life the following day in hospital when the sad decision was made to end her life support. It is 4 stars from me, a great book for a free download - I was not disappointed at all!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This is the story of a woman that wanted acting as a career, going so far as to change her accent to fit in better. She went from a model (who was bullied, by the way) to Broadway to television and movies. At times she was sort of wild but not terribly. The major theme is the romance she had with the Prince of Monaco and how they ended up getting married and had a child. It also covers how she died. It's a good book but would have been better if there had been photographs with it and perhaps a lis This is the story of a woman that wanted acting as a career, going so far as to change her accent to fit in better. She went from a model (who was bullied, by the way) to Broadway to television and movies. At times she was sort of wild but not terribly. The major theme is the romance she had with the Prince of Monaco and how they ended up getting married and had a child. It also covers how she died. It's a good book but would have been better if there had been photographs with it and perhaps a list of her tv shows and movies.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sonja Johnson

    Overview of Grace Kelly's life. Told in this "through the window from behind the shrubs and across the street" view point it's about as exciting as you would think. All distant observations of a celebrity figure that traded the spotlight for a tiara and never looked back. And yet we obsess over the "American Princess." The epitome of "class" that is well studied and crafted... read: manufactured. There may be more to the beauty than meets the eye, but you wouldn't know it from this quick retelli Overview of Grace Kelly's life. Told in this "through the window from behind the shrubs and across the street" view point it's about as exciting as you would think. All distant observations of a celebrity figure that traded the spotlight for a tiara and never looked back. And yet we obsess over the "American Princess." The epitome of "class" that is well studied and crafted... read: manufactured. There may be more to the beauty than meets the eye, but you wouldn't know it from this quick retelling of her life. If you are a Kelly fan this book only serves to disappoint.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Terri Gostola

    Considering that I received this free I have absolutely no complaints. It is a quick summary of Grace Kelly's life and it covers a lot of ground in 48 pages. Her life reads like a fiction novel in many ways. She had so much and yet you can also see how she was quite restricted by first her parents and then by the royal role that she married in to. She stated it was a fairy tale that her life was a fairy tale. I am glad that I read this short summary of her life. Considering that I received this free I have absolutely no complaints. It is a quick summary of Grace Kelly's life and it covers a lot of ground in 48 pages. Her life reads like a fiction novel in many ways. She had so much and yet you can also see how she was quite restricted by first her parents and then by the royal role that she married in to. She stated it was a fairy tale that her life was a fairy tale. I am glad that I read this short summary of her life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Gleckler Clark

    So much more than an Actress. Yes, most of us know who Grace Kelly is. We know her as an actress or we know of her as a Princess. We’ve seen some of the movies she’s starred in such has “Rear Window”, but what we most likely don’t know is about her family, her youth, her lovers, and her life as a princess. This brief read fills in the blanks and enlightens us as to who she really was and how she lived. .

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christine Hunter

    No Real Depth I don't know if because it's written by Hourly History, that the book is a basic overview of the actor, but it's a simplistic view of the life of Grace Kelly. That being said, it was actually pretty well written and I did learn some things that I didn't know before. It's really aimed at young adults. No Real Depth I don't know if because it's written by Hourly History, that the book is a basic overview of the actor, but it's a simplistic view of the life of Grace Kelly. That being said, it was actually pretty well written and I did learn some things that I didn't know before. It's really aimed at young adults.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patricia S Winchel

    America's Princess Grace Kelly was able to live every young girl's dream. She was born into a wealthy family, became famous as an actress and married a real prince. It was a true life fairytale that sadly did not end with "happily ever after." I learned a little bit about her that I didn’t know and thoroughly enjoyed the story. America's Princess Grace Kelly was able to live every young girl's dream. She was born into a wealthy family, became famous as an actress and married a real prince. It was a true life fairytale that sadly did not end with "happily ever after." I learned a little bit about her that I didn’t know and thoroughly enjoyed the story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ciaran Mills

    After reading this, I'm not sure what to feel towards Grace Kelly. I, perhaps, feel sorry for her isolation later in life, but also feel that she got what she wanted in the end. Another good read from Hourly History, this book whips along at a good pace and introduces you briefly to the main characters in Kelly's life After reading this, I'm not sure what to feel towards Grace Kelly. I, perhaps, feel sorry for her isolation later in life, but also feel that she got what she wanted in the end. Another good read from Hourly History, this book whips along at a good pace and introduces you briefly to the main characters in Kelly's life

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    America’s first princess bride Today we are excited as the life of Megan Markel and Prince Harry of Great Britain fill the headlines, but America’s first actress/princess was Grace Kelly. She married the prince of Monaco in the mid-twentieth century with as much excitement and pomp.

  16. 4 out of 5

    D. Thrush

    From model to movie star to princess of Monaco. This 48-page book covers a lot of ground. Grace had an active love life and difficulty getting along with her parents. She had affairs with some of her co-stars before meeting the prince at a publicity event. This was in the 1950s a long time before Meghan and Harry. Despite some errors, a fascinating true story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mônica Carla

    It bothers how much these biographies tend to focus on speculations about Grace’s partners. Either way, that was a decent work considering the amount of pages. Though shallow and trifling at some parts, it might be a good start for someone who is beginning to wonder about her career. Forever an admirer of sweet Princess Gracie ❤️

  18. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I found this absolutely extraordinary. Learned things about Princess Grace that I wasn't familiar with. There were a few factual errors in the end, but other than that, I truly enjoyed this. I continue to enjoy this series and cannot recommend them enough to my friends and family. I found this absolutely extraordinary. Learned things about Princess Grace that I wasn't familiar with. There were a few factual errors in the end, but other than that, I truly enjoyed this. I continue to enjoy this series and cannot recommend them enough to my friends and family.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Norma J. Anderson

    Very informative I never knew so much about Miss Kelly while she was acting. I didn't know that she was so promiscuous. I must admit she was a very pretty lady. I thought the book was informative, but not complete. Very informative I never knew so much about Miss Kelly while she was acting. I didn't know that she was so promiscuous. I must admit she was a very pretty lady. I thought the book was informative, but not complete.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dianna

    Good introduction to Grace Kelly's life. This is not an in-depth look into the life of Grace Kelly, but it is a very good introduction for those of us who know of Grace Kelly from her days as Hollywood box office gold. Good introduction to Grace Kelly's life. This is not an in-depth look into the life of Grace Kelly, but it is a very good introduction for those of us who know of Grace Kelly from her days as Hollywood box office gold.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Cavazos

    Cool blonde. I am a Grace Kelly fan. Her life story was interesting. It would have been interesting to see where her acting career would have taken her, if she would have been allowed to continue to act.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Guy

    A quick read, a good looking gal I well remember. Yup, that makes me and old duffer and I proud of it. I don't remember any of the "bad stuff" mentioned about her, but I do remember her becoming royalty. Maybe my focus all those years ago was on a good-looking gal. Thanks. A quick read, a good looking gal I well remember. Yup, that makes me and old duffer and I proud of it. I don't remember any of the "bad stuff" mentioned about her, but I do remember her becoming royalty. Maybe my focus all those years ago was on a good-looking gal. Thanks.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rubin Carpenter

    Great introduction to a legendary lady This Biography of Grace Kelly was very interesting a person I had only seen in movies and in news media stories this was intriguing enough to have me search for more about her a good read

  24. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Guzzo moulton

    A fine book until the end The book was very good and informative until the end. At that point, it could have spoken a little more about her death and the aftermath of her husband and children.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    A very brief, but good read on the life and career of Grace Kelly.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

    A brief but great story on the Life of Grace Kelly.

  27. 5 out of 5

    anne campbell

    Life of Grace Kelly I found this book very interesting and a good read. It told her life story in a concise way thus keeping me interested. I would definitely recommend it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Felicity Fields

    Light and interesting Definitely a light read at 48 pages. I didn't know anything about Grace Kelly, so I enjoyed the book despite duke awkward writing. Light and interesting Definitely a light read at 48 pages. I didn't know anything about Grace Kelly, so I enjoyed the book despite duke awkward writing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Burns

    Wonderful book. Great fast read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Star Gater

    Pleasantly surprised. Almost didn't download. I thought it won't be anything I haven't heard before. I was surprised that her past sexual escapades were told, and that Prince Rainier married her. Pleasantly surprised. Almost didn't download. I thought it won't be anything I haven't heard before. I was surprised that her past sexual escapades were told, and that Prince Rainier married her.

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