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Becoming a Million Dollar American Princess

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Actor Roanna Davidson walks us through the challenges and delights of becoming Winnaretta Singer, the provocative heir to a major sewing machine fortune and one of the bold women featured in season 2 of Million Dollar American Princesses.


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Join Elizabeth McGovern as she takes an in-depth look at the young American heiresses whose real life stories inspired the acclaimed TV drama "Downton Abbey." This series takes you from the late 1800s, when daughters of America's new industrial millionaires marry into the money-strapped British aristocracy, to the 20th century, when a new kind of American Princess wields power not through wealth, but through character, style, and wit. Through the decades, these women bring dramatic change to the European aristocracy and eventually the world.


  • Jennie Jerome
  • Elizabeth McGovern, Actor and Presenter
  • Peggy Guggenheim
  • Mary Leiter
  • Clara Ward
  • Winnaretta Singer
  • Sara Murphy
  • Gloria Swanson
  • Wallis Simpson
  • Grace Kelly
  • Consuelo Yznaga
  • Kathleen
  • Frances Work
  • Consuelo Vanderbilt
  • Jennie Jerome

    Jennie Jerome

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    Jennie Jerome (January 9, 1854 -- June 29, 1921) was born in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, one of three daughters to Clara and Leonard Jerome. Despite their wealth, the family found the doors of Knickerbocker high society firmly shut to all but a select few.

    Determined to propel her daughters into the ranks of the upper echelon, Clara took them first to Paris and then to London. There, Jennie caught the eye of the Prince of Wales, better known as Bertie, whose friendship ensured that no door would be ever be shut before her again.

    In 1873, Jennie met 23-year-old Randolph Churchill, the third son of the 7th Duke of Marlborough. He was so smitten with her that he proposed after just three days. Their marriage, while distant, did produce a son who would go on to become the greatest British statesman of all time. His name was Winston Churchill.

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