The bridesmaid's daughter From Grace Kelly's wedding to a women's shelter--searching for the truth about my mother

Nyna Giles

Book - 2018

Gile's childhood had been spent in doctor's offices; she spent nearly every waking moment at her mother's side. As Nyna grew up, her mother became more and more distant. Carolyn Scott Reybold had been a model in 1947, a friend of Grace Kelly, and even a bridesmaid at her wedding. How had that confident, glamorous woman become the mother Giles knew growing up--the mother who was now living in a shelter? In her journey to uncover her mother's past, Giles finds answers to questi...ons she never knew to ask.

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Genres
Biographies
Autobiographies
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-262).
ISBN
9781250115492
1250115493
Main Author
Nyna Giles (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Giles' mother, Carolyn, was an Eileen Ford model in the 1940s and 1950s and a bridesmaid at Grace Kelly's fairy-tale wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. But her final years were spent alone, refusing help, on the streets of New York City. In this fascinating memoir, Giles uses alternating chapters to interweave her childhood memories and accounts she pieced together of her mother's life. Fate made Carolyn and Grace Kelly neighbors and friends at the Barbizon Hotel in New York City in the 1940s. While Grace's star was rising in Hollywood, Carolyn married an older man who became increasingly controlling. After Grace's wedding and exit from her film career, the women's lives diverged. Eventually, Carolyn became so obsessed with her daughter's health that she kept her out of school and dragged her from doctor to doctor. It's not until Giles left home and moved in with an older sister that she realized her mother had imagined her illnesses. This is a fascinating story of the toll of mental illness and a daughter's search for understanding and forgiveness. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A daughter's moving search to understand her mother, Carolyn Scott--once a bridesmaid to Princess Grace and one of the first Ford models--who later in life spent years living in a homeless shelter. Nyna Giles was picking up groceries at the supermarket one day when she looked down and saw the headline on the cover of a tabloid: "Former Bridesmaid of Princess Grace Lives in Homeless Shelter." Nyna was stunned, shocked to see her family's private ordeal made so public--the woman mentioned on that cover, Carolyn Scott Reybold, was her mother. Nyna's childhood had been spent in doctor's offices. Too ill, she was told, to go to school like other children, she spent nearly every waking moment at her mother's side at their isolated Long Island estate or on trips into the city to see the ballet. The doctors couldn't tell her what was wrong, but as Nyna grew up, her mother, who'd always seemed fragile, became more and more distant. Now Nyna was forced to confront an agonizing realization: she barely knew the woman on the magazine in front of her. She knew that her mother had been a model after arriving in New York in 1947, living at the Barbizon Hotel, where she'd met the young Grace Kelly and that the two had become fast friends. Nyna had seen the photos of Carolyn at Grace's wedding, wearing the yellow bridesmaid gown that had hung in her closet for years. But how had the seemingly confident, glamorous woman in those pictures become the mother she knew growing up--the mother who was now living in a shelter? Inthis powerful memoir of friendship and motherhood, Nyna Giles uncovers her mother's past to answer the questions she never knew to ask"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The youngest daughter of Carolyn Scott describes her mother's descent from a Ford model and bridesmaid to Princess Grace to a resident of a homeless shelter, sharing insights into the experiences that shaped her mother's battle with mental illness.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The youngest daughter of Carolyn Scott describes her mother's descent from a Ford model and bridesmaid to Princess Grace to a mentally ill resident of a homeless shelter, sharing insights into the private experiences that shaped her mother's battle with mental illness.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A daughter’s moving search to understand her mother, Carolyn Scott—once a bridesmaid to Princess Grace and one of the first Ford models—who later in life spent years living in a homeless shelter.Nyna Giles was picking up groceries at the supermarket one day when she looked down and saw the headline on the cover of a tabloid: “Former Bridesmaid of Princess Grace Lives in Homeless Shelter.” Nyna was stunned, shocked to see her family’s private ordeal made so public—the woman mentioned on that cover, Carolyn Scott Reybold, was her mother. Nyna’s childhood had been spent in doctor’s offices. Too ill, she was told, to go to school like other children, she spent nearly every waking moment at her mother’s side at their isolated Long Island estate or on trips into the city to see the ballet. The doctors couldn’t tell her what was wrong, but as Nyna grew up, her mother, who’d always seemed fragile, became more and more distant. Now Nyna was forced to confront an agonizing realization: she barely knew the woman on the magazine in front of her. She knew that her mother had been a model after arriving in New York in 1947, living at the Barbizon Hotel, where she’d met the young Grace Kelly and that the two had become fast friends. Nyna had seen the photos of Carolyn at Grace’s wedding, wearing the yellow bridesmaid gown that had hung in her closet for years. But how had the seemingly confident, glamorous woman in those pictures become the mother she knew growing up—the mother who was now living in a shelter? In this powerful memoir of friendship and motherhood, Nyna Giles uncovers her mother’s past to answer the questions she never knew to ask.