I recently finished High Society - The Life of Grace Kelly. I guess I've been on a bit of a biography kick since I recently read one on Marilyn Monroe as well. What's funny about the two reads is that these two women were the antithesis of each other; Marilyn Monroe was the sexy, alluring sex kitten and Grace Kelly was the down-home, girl-next-door type. The two were actresses in overlapping time periods, but never really were what some might call competition because of their separate charisma-ta. Unfortunately, the one thing the two hold in common is the fact that they both died tragically before their time.
I really didn't know a lot about Grace Kelly before I picked up this (audio)book. To sum up my complete knowledge: I knew she was a very beautiful and popular actress in the 1950s, that she became the Princess of Monaco through marriage and that she died in a very nasty car accident on a winding road in Monaco. That's it. Needless to say, this book taught me a lot about the actress.
Some interesting facts that I learned include:
- She was a devout Catholic.
- She was never her father's favorite child simply because she was not athletic. He also thought his older daughter, Margaret, was prettier than Grace.
- Her father, John "Jack" Kelly, was an Olympic gold-medal winner.
- She was Alfred Hitchcock's favorite actress and the movie Vertigo captures Hitchcock's obsession with a storyline that stems from Hitchcock always trying to model future actresses after Kelly.
- Grace and Rainier had two weddings (one civil and one religious).
- Her car accident was the result of Kelly experiencing a blood clot in her brain (stroke) that probably would have eventually killed her anyway without the added drama of a car accident. Prior to this accident, Grace had been experiencing severe headaches (possibly migraines).
With that being said, I am more interested in seeing her movies that I haven't watched before. I just love old movies, even if the special effects are bad and the actors tend to overact. Plus, you know they're not photo-shopped, so the women really are that pretty and the men really are that dashing. I definitely recommend this book and will leave you with a gorgeous picture of Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly Grimaldi.