At the age of 25, she received an Academy Award for Best Actress and little more than a year later, she became royalty. Stunningly beautiful, elusive, and aloof, Grace Kelly captured our imagination and affection throughout her storybook career and royal marriage. Raised in Philadelphia in an atmosphere of great wealth and greater expectations, Grace transformed from an aristocratic conforming beauty into a sensual, recklessly daring woman. In Grace, Robert Lacey breaks through the glittery fac ade of her public image and reveals a complex, surprisingly conflicted woman who created a dream for herself and succeeded in making it come true. With the art of a storyteller and the skill of an astute biographer, Lacey presents intimate details of Grace's relationships with Clark Gable, William Holden, and Bing Crosby, and ultimately with her prince, their relationship, and her struggles with parenthood. Lacey rounds out this evocative story of a beloved heroine with compelling details of the Grimaldi family and Grace's death.