October 23rd, 2010
Spoto first came to my attention as the biographer of Audrey Hepburn (Enchantment). I appreciated his balanced treatment of Hepburn along with his insights. When I saw he had completed a biography of Kelly, I immediately put it on my to-read list.
In High Society, Spoto focuses mainly on Kelly’s few Hollywood years. He painstakingly dispels many myths and rumors about her early life and offers behind-the-scenes tales of Grace and her relationships with her directors and her co-stars. He also portrays her as a rebel against the studio system who chose many of her own roles, even when the studio had other ideas.
Unfortunately, Spoto spends much more time on Kelly’s various films and love affairs than he does on the second half of her life as a wife, a mother, and patron of the arts in Monaco and France. It seems that the time of her life spent in Monaco would be even more fascinating than her early life. Still, given her status and her family’s wish for privacy and control of information that it’s probably more difficult to write much of her later life other than the speculation already served up in European tabloids. There’s not much groundbreaking material here, but if you’re a Kelly fan, you’ll find it an entertaining read.
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