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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.


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

    Wallis Simpson

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    Wallis Simpson (19 June 1896 -- 24 April 1986) was born Bessie Wallis Warfield in Baltimore, Maryland. While she grew up in a modest setting, she later came to prominence as part of the inner circle of notorious London-based, American socialite Emerald Cunard.

    It was there that the married beauty caught the eye of the Prince of Wales, Edward, a man for whom the trappings of court could not compete with the charm and charisma that Mrs. Simpson exuded.

    Before long, they were vacationing openly together and a scandalous state of affairs would come to a head in 1936, when Edward ascended the English throne as King Edward VIII. By the end of the year, he had given up his throne for the recently divorced Wallis, cementing their love story in history.

    She remained with Edward until his death in 1972 and lived in seclusion until her death in 1986.

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