Judith Rose Balaban (born 1932) is an American actress and author who wrote the book The Bridesmaids: Grace Kelly and Six Intimate Friends about Grace Kelly. Balaban was a childhood friend of Grace Kelly and served as a bridesmaid in her wedding to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.
Judith Rose Balaban
1932 (age 86–87)
(m. 1953; div. 1961)
(m. 1961; div. 1970)
(m. 1971; div. 1996)
|Parent(s)||Tillie Urkov Balaban|
|Family||Leonard "Red" Balaban (brother)|
Burt Balaban (brother)
Bob Balaban (cousin)
A. J. Balaban (uncle)
Elmer Balaban (uncle)
Balaban was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Tillie (née Urkov) and Barney Balaban. Her brothers are American jazz tubist and sousaphonist, Leonard "Red" Balaban and American film producer and director Burt Balaban. Balaban wrote The Bridesmaids: Grace Kelly and Six Intimate Friends. She appeared in the Showtime documentary ‘Becoming Cary Grant’.
Balaban has been married three times. In 1953, she married Grace Kelly's talent agent Jay Kanter; they had two daughters, Victoria Kanter and Amy Kanter, before divorcing in 1961. In 1961, she married actor Tony Franciosa; they had one daughter, Nina Franciosa, before divorcing in 1970. In 1971, she married actor Don Quine; they divorced in 1996.
- New York Times: "A MOVABLE SLUMBER PARTY" by Sey Chassler June 11, 1989
- Heavy.com: "‘Becoming Cary Grant’, Showtime Documentary: Meet the Cast" By S.M. Walsh June 9, 2017
- Quine, Judith Balaban (1990). The Bridesmaids: Grace Kelly and Six Intimate Friends. Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0-671-70770-5.