BOOK REVIEW

ONCE UPON A TIME - J. RANDY TARABORRELLI

This book begins with Grace Kelly's younger years and details her life with her family and her days as a new actress.  Her big break came when she was hired for a role in "The Father" on Broadway.  After "The Father" her career began to move upwards into the motion picture industry. 

In 1955, Look Magazine's editor, Rupert M. Allan, Jr. telephoned Grace and asked her to attend the Cannes Film Festival that spring.  While on a train in France, Grace met actress Olivia de Havilland and her husband, journalist Pierre Galante.  Pierre suggested that Grace visit Prince Rainier's palace and the editors of Paris Match would place Grace on the cover of their annual issue devoted to the festival.  Better yet, perhaps an arrangement could be made for a photo session featuring her with Prince Rainier.  This is how Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier. 

Grace was swept off her feet with the Prince.  She had a series of bad relationships with married co-stars.  The book details the proposal and engagement, what all had to be done before the wedding and of course, the "wedding of the century". 

Once married and living in the palace. Grace had to make many sacrifices and this resulted in loneliness and led to depression.    However, before her death in a car accident in 1982, she did manage to find happiness with her life and seemed to be contented. 

J. Randy Taraborrelli does an excellent job telling the story of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier.  The book is very detailed with facts leading to the marriage and what happened during the marriage.  He also has chapters about their three children.  The chapters are short which makes for an easy and fast read.  J. Randy Taraborrelli takes us inside this fairy tale romance and makes us feel like we were part of it! 

NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR, NANCY EATON

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