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Long before she became a princess, Grace Kelly was a legend, a fabled movie star whose aloof and aristocratic bearing belied a deep sensuality within. Grace the icon and Grace the woman were two very different creatures. She was deeply mourned when her car careened off a narrow road in September 1982.

Grace reveals new details about the accident and about the circumstances surrounding the star's medical care and death. It is also the first balanced portrait of a complex, deeply conflicted actress, wife, and mother who dared to make her dreams come true - a haunting tale of a beloved tragic heroine.

The extraordinary story begins in Philadelphia, where Grace's father, Jack Kelly, an Olympic athlete and local hero, often shunned his shy and sickly daughter. Grace was determined to win the attention of her father and the world. While carefully cultivating the image of the white-gloved young lady, she became a surprisingly brazen, even reckless, young woman.

Grace's joy at her wedding to Rainier and her disenchantment with her cloistered palace life are recounted, the depth of Grace's hurt caused by her husband's autocratic treatment of her revealed.

The princess soon found herself living a separate life from Rainier in Paris. To her public, however, Grace always maintained the image of Her Serene Highness, the adored princess who had achieved perfect happiness and who kept up the hard work at her official and charitable duties.

1994 - Pan Macmillan ISBN:0283061588 / 9780283061585

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