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Grace Kelly Style: Fashion for Hollywood's Princess

Grace Kelly Style: Fashion for Hollywood's Princess by Kristina Haugland, Jenny Lister, and Samantha Erin Safer

From Hollywood star, royal bride, beloved princess—Grace Kelly (1929-1982) embodied all three titles with a style all her own. Renowned for her cool beauty and faultless taste, the young actress stood apart from the other film sirens of the 1950s, with thousands of women, both in the US and Europe, emulating her classic yet accessible style. Her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956 catapulted Grace to further fame and cemented her influence on the world of fashion. From the Parisian catwalks to the pages of Vogue, the "Grace Kelly Look" became the look of the moment.

This book, the first to look exclusively at Grace Kelly's unique style, accompanies an enchanting exhibition opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in April 2010. Sumptuously illustrated, the book introduces Grace.s glamorous wardrobe—dress by dress, couturier by couturier, among them Chanel, Madame Grès, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Balenciaga—as she transformed herself from actress to bride to princess.

A Touch of Grace: How to Be a Princess, the Grace Kelly Way

A Touch of Grace: How to Be a Princess, the Grace Kelly Way by Cindy De La Hoz

From In the tradition of What Would Jackie Do? and How to Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life, here is a "Guide to Life" tribute to Grace Kelly that will instruct and inspire fans on all ways to live with a "touch of grace."

Even before she became Princess of Monaco in an elaborate wedding ceremony in 1956, Grace Kelly's iconic status and personification of elegance was secured through her legendary roles in Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief, and Rear Window. A Touch of Grace features guidance on living gracefully, inspired by Grace Kelly's life: from fashion tips, to catching a prince, to how to play it cool. With rare and never-before-seen photos, anecdotes, quotes, and other biographical commentary, this little compendium will show any woman how to cultivate her own style, charm, and noble flair.

Coffee Table Books & Photo Books

Grace Kelly: A Life in Pictures

Grace Kelly: A Life in Pictures by Pierre-Henri Verlhac and Yann-Brice Dherbier

Imagine, if you will, the perfect book about Grace Kelly. Thick, beautifully printed, and full of amazing photographs you've never seen before. This is that book. It really is the perfect book about Grace.

Book Description: Grace Kelly—whose cool, blond beauty defined the aloof sexiness of the classic Hitchcock heroine—left a lasting impression on Hollywood and the world. Although her career was brief, she lit up the screen in films like High Society, Rear Window, and The Country Girl, for which she won an Oscar. She was not only a fine actress, great beauty, and icon of American style, but she was also a passionate philanthropist, known for her generosity and kindness. Published on the 25th anniversary of her death, Grace Kelly: A Life in Pictures is the definitive photographic portrait—160 images capturing the early years, film career, royal marriage, and private life of this remarkable woman.

Grace Kelly: a Life in Pictures

Grace Kelly: a Life in Pictures by Jenny Curtis

This book is beautiful and extraordinary! Though it is only 96 pages long, it is a large book filled with wonderful pictures of Grace, following her from her childhood, through her days as an actress, to her reign as a princess.

The Grace Kelly Years: Princess of Monaco

The Grace Kelly Years: Princess of Monaco by Frederic Mitterand

From and Panache Fall 2007: The stunning beauty and classic elegance of Grace Kelly are celebrated in The Grace Kelly Years: Princess of Monaco, the handsome companion book to the tribute exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of her passing. Using many never-before-seen photos, this catalogue provides a fascinating look at all faces of the princess's remarkable life.

Grace: An Intimate Portrait by Her Friend and Favorite Photographer

Grace: An Intimate Portrait by Her Friend and Favorite Photographer by Howell Conant

Fantastic! It is a shame that this book is out of print. Photographer Howell Conant has taken the best-known pictures of Grace, with an extensive section devoted to Grace's wedding to Prince Rainier. This is a thick, large book, which, if you can't buy, you should at least revel in at a local public library.


High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly by Donald Spoto

From Noted film biographer Spoto (Spellbound by Beauty) gives readers a previously unseen glimpse into the life of Grace Kelly (1929–1982), who went from Academy Award.winning actress to princess of Monaco. Drawing on hours of personal interviews with Kelly as well as with her numerous co-stars including Cary Grant and James Stewart, Spoto traces the star's life from her childhood in a wealthy Philadelphia neighborhood through her brief but noteworthy career in Hollywood to her years as the wife of Monaco's Prince Rainer. Kelly attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, where she developed a love of theater, nurtured by her uncle, the actor and playwright George Kelly. Though she spent less than seven years in Hollywood, Kelly became an icon of the era. Spoto, as an expert in the films of Alfred Hitchcock and one of the late director's few confidantes, spends considerable time revisiting the trio of films Kelly made with the master of suspense: Dial M for Murder (1953), Rear Window (1954) and To Catch a Thief (1955). Though she admitted to missing acting, Kelly settled into her life as a royal, raising three children until her death in a car crash. Cinephiles will love Spoto's insider look at Hollywood in the 1950s, and even those unfamiliar with Kelly's films will be drawn to the author's warm and generous portrayal of a woman who was more than a pretty face.

True Grace: The Life and Times of an American Princess

True Grace: The Life and Times of an American Princess by Wendy Leigh

From Grace Kelly's public persona sounds glam: a Hollywood star marries royalty. But behind the cameras were decades of unhappiness and a lonely death. And in this well-researched biography, Leigh (Prince Charming: The John F. Kennedy, Jr., Story) presents Kelly as the daughter of a self-made millionaire known for his philandering and emotional indifference. Yet she was eager to impress him and longed for attention. She found it onscreen and in a series of affairs with older, married men: Ray Milland, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper and the Shah of Iran. In fact, according to Leigh, she had affairs before and after her marriage. Kelly looked cool, but she was sexually aggressive—a subject that Leigh doesn't shy away from. The mystery is why the Oscar winner chose Prince Rainier, the ill-tempered, cash-strapped ruler of a tiny principality. It wasn't a love match: Rainier got a $2 million dowry, while Kelly's glamour turned a dissolute country into a playpen for the rich and famous. Kelly hoped to keep her career and was crushed when she realized marriage had trapped her. She could divorce—but she couldn't take her children. Leigh makes certain to note Rainier's infidelities—along with chronicling Kelly's history, acting career and charitable work in Monaco.


Grace by Robert Lacey

An excellent biography of Grace's life, with a small but interesting set of pictures in the center of the book. It treats Grace's relationships in a scandalous light, but is nonetheless a very interesting reading. A fantastic cover photographed by Howell Conant.

From and Kirkus Reviews: A highly readable and workmanlike history of Grace Kelly—still one of the saddest stories ever told. Regrettably, Lacey overanalyzes, dumbing down a well-researched effort. Even in her Mongasque tomb, Princess Grace, the former Gracie Kelly of East Falls, Pa., receives as many as 9,000 visitors a day. Lacey (Little Man, 1991, etc.) paces through her life, step by step, explaining why Grace did this and why Grace did that, and what it all meant. Terms like "inner child", "enabler", and "empowering" bring her biography into the '90s, as does Lacey's insistence on allowing a more honest portrait of Grace to emerge from the ruin of illusion. The animus of Grace's life appears to have been her handsome, authoritarian father, Jack Kelly, champion oarsman and head of Kelly for Brickwork. Grace had a series of affairs with older men, including Clark Gable, Oleg Cassini, William Holden, and Philippe of the Waldorf. Much is made of the fire-and-ice duality of Grace's character: docile in a Junior League cashmere coat and then dancing naked to Russian music in front of her lover. There are spicy anecdotes and good Hollywood gossip. Grace makes it to the top, but once she boards the U.S.S. Constitution for Monaco, her life's a downhill proposition. Apparently her dysfunctional family couldn't hold a candle to Rainier's. The prince's mother arrived at the royal wedding with her newest protege, a paroled jewel thief, and decided immediately to despise Grace. Rainier was mean and moody; her children were mean and spoiled. "Grace had become everybody's doormat," says Lacey. He publishes new information from interviews with her "toy boys", the lovers she had in middle age, and Rogev Bencze, who investigated the fatal car crash. In the end little of the biography is as eloquent as the cover portrait. But Lacey creates a powerfully engaging woman, then mercilessly, he shows us how Grace did not live happily ever after. And if she couldn't do it, what chance do the rest of us have?

Grace Kelly: American Princess

Grace Kelly: American Princess by Elizabeth Gillen Surcouf, foreword by Frank Sinatra

From, Horn Book, the card catalog, and the author: A sincere treatment of Grace Kelly's childhood, acting career, and life as Princess of Monaco emphasizes her talents, charm, and devotion to family and to charitable works. The real-life fairy tale includes black-and-white and color photographs of Her Serene Highness and her family on almost every page. A biography of the successful American actress who married the Prince of Monaco and became a modern-day princess. Many people have compared the lives of Princess Diana and Grace Kelly, making this book of special interest. The book also contains a touching foreword written by Frank Sinatra.

Grace Kelly's Men

Grace Kelly's Men by Jane Ellen Wayne

From Delves behind the scenes to create an absorbing portrait of Grace Kelly, Princess Grace of Monaco, revealing how she lost her heart to some of Hollywood's most desirable men before meeting Prince Rainer III of Monaco. Reveals the list of suitors—Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, Cary Grant—who stood on line to court the queen of Hollywood and the Princess of Monaco.

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly by Glenn Hopp & Paul Duncan

The top female box-office star of 1954, Grace Kelly's status as icon takes in an 11-film, three-year, screen career and a glamorous later life as Princess of Monaco. More than any other star, she was in three memorable films the quintessential Hitchcock blonde, delineating traits of cool beauty, depths of hidden passion, intelligence, playfulness, and style—in short, the qualities that led biographer James Spada to call her "the pious man's Marilyn." Yet Grace Kelly also showed her versatility and won her acting honors for playing against type in the title role in the grimly realistic movie The Country Girl. Grace Kelly was a classic beauty, a public figure, and serious actress representative of an era.

Princess Grace

Princess Grace by Sarah Bradford

One of the first biographies about Grace, this does not sensationalize Grace's various relationships before her marriage and treats the late princess with respect.

Wedding Books

Grace Kelly: Icon of Style to Royal Bride

Grace Kelly: Icon of Style to Royal Bride by H. Kristina Haugland

A wonderful book, full of fantastic photographs of your favorite bride. The book starts by giving a good overview of Grace's personal style, and then goes right into the details of the wedding, with a strong focus on her wedding gown.

Synopsis: One of the most admired women in the world, Grace Kelly (1929–1982) is remembered for her beauty, grace and style. Her 'fairy-tale' wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956 was one of the most celebrated of the century. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, this lovely book tells the story behind her wedding gown, cap, veil, shoes and prayer book, all given by the new princess to the Philadelphia Museum of Art shortly after the ceremony. Philadelphia-born Grace Kelly rocketed to Hollywood stardom, becoming a major box-office draw and winning an Academy Award. She also was an icon of classic American style, which became known as the 'Grace Kelly Look'. After examining the development of the star's on- and off-screen style, the book focuses on her magnificent wedding dress, designed by Helen Rose and made by MGM Studios under top secret security. Public interest in the star's wedding dress was intense, and it remains one of the most popular objects in the Museum's collection. Stunning colour images detail the wedding dress, accessories and attendants' dresses, which are also owned by the Museum. Numerous historical photographs illustrate the actress's career, style and the famous wedding in Monaco.

Legendary Brides

Legendary Brides by Letitia Baldrige

This book focuses primarily on the weddings of Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Bouvier, and Lady Diana Spencer, and includes photos from many other famous weddings. Grace has her own chapter, "From Star to Princess: The Wedding of Grace Kelly", which contains quite a few interesting facts about and photos of Grace's wedding to Rainier, including one of the few rare color wedding photos of the ceremony that we've seen.

Bridesmaids: Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, and Six Intimate Friends

Bridesmaids: Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, and Six Intimate Friends by Judith Balaban Quine (also here)

This book is about Grace's wedding, but also about her friendship with the author. It is refreshing to see Grace portrayed in a friendly light.

Books about Grace & Rainier

Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier

Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier by J. Randy Taraborrelli

Exclusive review: J. Randy Tarabourrelli's Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier focuses specifically on Grace's relationship with Rainier. Many aspects of their relationship ignored or glossed over by biographies are covered in detail in the book. Clearly, an immense amount of research went into the book. In most cases, data from various are pulled together well to give a more complete understanding of what happened, but some of the stories presented as fact are from only one source, and not substantiated by outside ones. For example, what is presented the "true" story of the engagement is told by a nurse who worked with a doctor who traveled to the US with Rainier, is not supported by any other sources. This reviewer was also bothered by dialogue presented as accurate (dialogue contained between quotation marks) without disclaimer, that clearly is not verbatim. Despite these weaknesses, this book is an enjoyable and interesting read.

Books about the Grimaldi Family

Palace: My Life in the Royal Family of Monaco

Palace: My Life in the Royal Family of Monaco by Baron Christian De Massy and Charles Higham

From and Publisher's Weekly: The late Princess Grace is among the few members of Monaco's sovereign family who escape De Massy's harsh criticism. With Higham's help, the baron relates accounts of the attempted constrictions placed on his life by a cold, demanding mother, Princess Antoinette, Prince Rainier's sister. The story abounds with machinations as seen from De Massy's perspective: Grace's wedding, and the bride's harassment by palace intrigue and slights to her American family; Antoinette's attempts to usurp her brother's throne. Of more interest are details on daily life in the principality, Grace's contributions to its flourishing amenities and the political climate. But such data are merely background for the baron's main topic: rejection by his mother and uncle. Apparently, the royal nephew doesn't link his sorry status to the rakehell career he recalls with more relish than rue.

The Royal House of Monaco: Dynasty of Glamour, Tragedy, and Scandal

The Royal House of Monaco: Dynasty of Glamour, Tragedy, and Scandal by John Glatt

From and Booklist: Much has already been said about Princess Grace, but Glatt's journalistic treatment does well in placing her within the context of Monaco's dynastic history. The Grimaldi family has ruled that tiny principality for 700 years. Prince Rainier III, the present sovereign prince, married the actress Grace Kelly in 1956 in what was termed the wedding of the century (a label subsequently affixed to the Prince and Princess of Wales's 1981 marriage). Small country but big job; Grace in her princess role never had a second to herself from that point on. Three children eventually arrived on the scene, and with the exception of the middle child, heir Prince Albert, they presented Grace with a parental handful. The principality, as we see here, is an absolute monarchy; the prince is the government. But Grace put the place on the map; she imprinted it with her own style. After her untimely death, her family went downhill into "scandal and disgrace." But the haunting presence of Princess Grace still permeates every corner of Monaco.

Les Grimaldi by Henry-Jean Servat

Books about the Kelly Family

Kelly: A Father, A Son, An American Quest

Kelly: A Father, A Son, An American Quest by Daniel J. Boyne

About Grace's brother and father, yet Grace herself is mentioned as well.

That Kelly Family

That Kelly Family by John Dennis McCallum

Princess Grace's Artistic Endeavors

My Book of Flowers

My Book of Flowers by Princess Grace of Monaco

This is the book that Grace did as a princess that illustrates her love of flowers. She writes about her favorite flowers and her techniques for making pressed flower art, and there are many pictures of her and her artwork.

Birds, Beasts & Flowers: An Anthology with Illustrations

Birds, Beasts & Flowers: An Anthology with Illustrations as performed by Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco with Richard Pasco

Grace and fellow actor Richard Pasco launched International Wildlife Year by doing poetry readings in six cities. This book contains the text of the poems read.

Paper Dolls

Grace Kelly Paper Dolls

Grace Kelly Paper Dolls by Florence Sarah Winship and Jenny Taliadoros

A reprint of a paper doll book of Grace from 1956, updated with additional pages of fashions.

Grace Kelly Paper Dolls in Full Color

Grace Kelly Paper Dolls in Full Color by Tom Tierney

A collection of paper dolls of Grace, featuring the clothing she wore in her famous film roles and important social functions.

Books that mention Grace, without a specific focus on her

Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies

Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies by Donald Spoto

Among other topics, Alfred Hitchcock's personal and professional relationship with Grace is covered in this book.

Stars and Cars of the '50s

Stars and Cars of the '50s by Edward Quinn

From A reprieve from post-war austerity, the 1950s epitomized a time of glamour with its film icons and automobiles, which are admired and emulated to this day. Nothing said, "You've made it," quite like getting glammed up and going for a spin in your brand new automobile. The shapes and shades of cars were bright and exaggerated. Car design showed a fervent embrace of the future and a willingness to experiment with something new. Riviera Cocktail photographer Edward Quinn captured all the stars and idols from the worlds of film, music, and the arts, as well as their admirers. Picasso and his Hispano-Suiza, Brigitte Bardot in her Lancia, and many more are featured with their motor toys. With a keen eye and playful exuberance, his images define fifties style.

The Golden Girls of MGM: Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, and Others

The Golden Girls of MGM: Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, and Others by Jane Ellen Wayne

From and Publisher's Weekly: Wayne, a seasoned biographer of studio-era stars (Eva's Men; Gable's Women; etc.), serves up fun dish on the gals from the studio that once billed itself as having more stars than there are in the heavens. She presents them all-Jeanette, Joan, Judy, Ava, Liz and more-in breathless style, paying equal attention to the undergarments they didn't wear and to the men they loved most. With the adeptness of someone familiar with her subjects and not afraid to read minds, Wayne eases in and out of the stars' thinking as they love, drink, act, divorce and attempt suicide. Throughout all these goings-on, there is the overwhelming presence of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In Sunset Boulevard, Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) complained it was the pictures that got small, but this book makes the case that it was the studios that died and ruined movies. All Wayne's subjects appear to be controlled by studio head Louis B. Mayer, through both his direct actions and the influence of his thinking. As Wayne tells it, he kept lovers from marrying and dictated roles his stars resented. Yet generally, the stars remembered him fondly, e.g., Jeanette MacDonald, who said after his death, "One of the greatest sadnesses of life is to realise how much you owe someone when it's too late..." For diehard fans, there's not much new here, but what is, is choice. 16 pages of B&W photos.

Two Princesses: The Triumphs and Trials of Grace Kelly and Diana Spencer

Two Princesses: The Triumphs and Trials of Grace Kelly and Diana Spencer by Kevin Noa

From the author: This book will show the many comparisons and contrasts between these two phenomenal women. Although they shared only a few precious moments with each other during their lifetimes, they formed a special bond due to the similar lives they led, with all their highs and lows, as well as tenderness, compassion, and empathy each gave our world. Through my research I was overwhelmed by how many of the dramas Grace and Diana lived that could be identified with the other. Every aspect of their styles and strong characters, as well as their vulnerabilities, showed a human quality that transposed each of them beyond any normal assessment. The trials and triumphs that each of these striking, effervescent, hopeless romantics endured throughout their lives will be studied frequently in coming generations. Two Princesses will show the many roles each experienced, such as strolling down an avenue, displaying glamour and appeal with the stunning gifts of radiance God generously bestowed on them, or comforting a downtrodden member of society. In either light, they moved the world with a purposeful and determined direction.

Edith Head's Hollywood

Edith Head's Hollywood by Edith Head and Paddy Calistro

There is not much information on Grace in this book, but there are some beautiful fashion portraits of her. This book focuses on Edith Head's career and will be interesting to those interested in fashion and style.

The Princess Grace Irish Library Series

Beckett and Beyond

Beckett and Beyond by Bruce Stewart

From Beckett and Beyond, a conference held at the Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco, in 1991, gathered together thirty-two distinguished scholars to assess the works and career of the great Irish writer. The conference proceedings, published here in a single volume, contain papers and addresses by his biographers, the editors of his correspondence and internationally scholars. As well as a wide range of papers on individual works and series from all phases of the writer's career and in all the media that he explored, subjects covered by the speakers include Beckett in relation to modernism, postmodernism, Dr. Johnson, Joyce, Baudelaire, Camus, Freud, actors, directors, to his texts and his letters, to radio, television, film, and adaptations of his work.

That Other World: The Supernatural and the Fantastic in Irish Literature and Its Contexts, Volume 1

That Other World: The Supernatural and the Fantastic in Irish Literature and Its Contexts, Volume 1 by Bruce Stewart

From The traditional folklore tales of Ireland involving the supernatural and the fantastic have had a profound influence on the shaping of the country and on Irish literature. No other country has produced so many famous authors whose work has reflected those influences. These themes were the subject of a symposium held in May 1998 at the Princess Grace Irish Library. The papers from this symposium are published in these two volumes.

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest: A Reconstructive Critical Edition of the Text of the First Production, St. James Theatre, London, 1895

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest: A Reconstructive Critical Edition of the Text of the First Production, St. James Theatre, London, 1895 by Ruth Berggren and Joseph Donohue

From This unique volume reconstructs the original 1895 production of Wilde's timeless classic. Based upon a new, reconstructive method for the study of theatrical performance that aims to set the play securely in its historical and cultural moment, the edition offers a wealth of detail about the staging and acting and numerous first production and early revival photographs. The reconstructed text itself, differing in important ways from the 1899 first edition, recaptures the essential comic vitality of the play.

The Literary Works of Jack B. Yeats

The Literary Works of Jack B. Yeats by John W. Purser

From There is far more to Jack B. Yeats than has met the eye. His father once said, "Some day I shall be remembered as the father of a great poet, and the poet is Jack." Purser argues that Jack B. Yeats' writings have been misunderstood, that the writer was educated among the people in the West of Ireland, without the social and literary preconceptions and traditions of the universities. He suggests that Jack Yeats was wily and clever in his use of symbolism. With this background in mind, and with the aid of evidence previously unused-including a new chronology-new interpretations are given for many of his works and an overall pattern in the novels is revealed. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of literature, Irish literature, and Irish Studies.

Images of Joyce

Images of Joyce by Clive Hart

From The two volumes of this series contain the proceedings of the Twelfth International James Joyce Symposium held in Monte Carlo in June 1990 under the auspices of the Princess Grace Irish Library and the patronage of H.S.H. Rainer III, Sovereign Prince of Monaco. The first volume contains general and biographical essays and those dealing with theoretical and linguistic matters, sources, influences, and comparative studies.