book begins with Grace Kelly's younger years and details her life
with her family and her days as a new actress. Her big break
came when she was hired for a role in "The Father" on
Broadway. After "The Father" her career began to move upwards
into the motion picture industry.
In 1955, Look
Magazine's editor, Rupert M. Allan, Jr. telephoned Grace and asked
her to attend the Cannes Film Festival that spring. While on a
train in France, Grace met actress Olivia de Havilland and her
husband, journalist Pierre Galante. Pierre suggested that
Grace visit Prince Rainier's palace and the editors of Paris Match
would place Grace on the cover of their annual issue devoted to the
festival. Better yet, perhaps an arrangement could be made for
a photo session featuring her with Prince Rainier. This is how
Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier.
Grace was swept off
her feet with the Prince. She had a series of bad
relationships with married co-stars. The book details the
proposal and engagement, what all had to be done before the wedding
and of course, the "wedding of the century".
married and living in the palace. Grace had to make many sacrifices
and this resulted in loneliness and led to depression.
However, before her death in a car accident in 1982, she did manage
to find happiness with her life and seemed to be contented.
J. Randy Taraborrelli does an excellent job telling the
story of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. The book is very
detailed with facts leading to the marriage and what happened during
the marriage. He also has chapters about their three
children. The chapters are short which makes for an easy and
fast read. J. Randy Taraborrelli takes us inside this fairy
tale romance and makes us feel like we were part of it!
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