The story of Eileen Ford is headed to television. Sony TV has optioned the rights to Robert Lacey’s upcoming biography of the outspoken and controversial woman who started as a model and went on to co-found the famous Ford Modeling Agency with her husband Jerry. The potential hourlong series will be written and executive produced by Mistresses creator KJ Steinberg.
Deadline.com has a fuller account.
This evening at 8.30 I shall be on Channel 4 News in the UK to discuss Prince Charles' visit to Saudi Arabia.
I was on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme to talk about Prince Charle's visit to Saudi Arabia and the case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.
My interview is 01.52 into the show, just after Thought for the Day.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (pictured)
Matthew spoke live to the historian Robert Lacey who has written books about the Saudi kingdom.
Born August 1924(?); died 23 January 2015 aged 90.
How Richard III’s DNA called into question 500 years of royal rule - After being found in a parking lot, Richard III’s bones have solved some royal mysteries and opened up a bigger one...
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Robert Lacey, author of The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud, told the Daily Beast: "Quite a number of the brighter and more hard-working Saudi princes are fighter pilots - trained in Britain or America and happy to get up at dawn to go out on patrol. They see it as being in the tradition of their grandfather, Abdul Aziz, the great warrior of the desert who created the Kingdom. He built it with camels. They defend it with Typhoons and F-15s."
Eileen Ford (born 25 March 1922) died at Morristown Medical Center, New Jersey, yesterday, Wednesday 9th July. She was 92.
Peopled with an extraordinary cast of characters, Grace is a rich and riveting story. ‘Racy, crammed with gossip and anecdotes’ said Cosmopolitan. Robert Lacey is the first author to penetrate the storybook façade. Through hundreds of interviews with Grace’s family and friends, he weaves the tale of a complex and surprisingly conflicted woman who created a dream for herself and lived it. Read more at hollywood.org.uk
Grace Kelly, Princess Grace of Monaco, was sheer magic. She was an enchanting confection of charm, vulnerability and exhilarating blonde ambition, and I am delighted that the modern magic of digital technology has made it possible for Apostrophe Books to update GRACE, my 1994 story of her life and loves, with direct links to a unique portfolio of historic newsreels, movie trailers and a brilliant collection of fresh images that have been specially researched and assembled for this first e-book edition. My aim in GRACE, the book, was to bring this inspiring and extraordinary woman alive with words on the page. Now here are the moving pictures that can bring her beauty and vitality alive on your own screen!
Movie legend, princess, tragic heroine. The moment Grace Kelly stepped into the spotlight in 1950, the world was entranced.
In this definitive biography of Hollywood’s sweetheart, Robert Lacey looks behind the fairytale facade to reveal the real story of Princess Grace of Monaco, as she became.
Gaining unprecedented access to her family and friends, he tells the story of a complex and conflicted woman determined to live her dream.