Before Prince William and Princess Kate, and before Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the world was captivated by the royal wedding of Europe’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Rainer III of Monaco, and America’s silver screen sweetheart, Grace Kelly. Now, the acclaimed biography Grace of Monaco (Da Capo Press, $15.99) is revised and updated with a foreword by Nicole Kidman, who stars as Princess Grace in a Lifetime movie that airs this Memorial Day (May 25) @ 9 p.m.
Originally published as Rainer and Grace: An Intimate Portrait in 1989 following Princess Grace’s fatal 1982 car accident, the book was written with unprecedented cooperation from the Grimaldi family including Prince Rainer and children Prince Albert, Princess Caroline, and Princess Stephanie. In fact, Prince Rainier’s only stipulation to author Jeffrey Robinson was “tell the truth.”
Now, over three decades since her untimely death, those interested in the private life of Princess Grace can learn how she juggled the many roles of actress, mother, wife, and princess, and read anecdotes that only family can provide, including:
• Princess Stephanie’s first on-the-record account of the car accident
• What really happened when Alfred Hitchcock asked Princess Grace to shoot Marnie
• Pranks pulled by Princess Grace and Prince Rainer as well as their household staff
• Why the Grimaldi’s enjoyed traveling in the United States|
• How Princess Grace supported Prince Rainer during negotiations with French President Charles de Gaulle
• Frank Sinatra’s many visits to Monaco including his performances at the famous Red Cross Ball
Written almost entirely from first-hand interviews, Grace of Monaco sheds light on this royal family and illuminates their lives with Princess Grace and without her. Their story offers relatable examples of familial disagreements, overwhelming love, and resilience in the face of tragedy. There are also 16 pages of personal black and white photos.
Royalty at its best!