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How to Dress a Million Dollar American Princess

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How to Dress a Million Dollar American Princess

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Imagine being in charge of finding original period-appropriate outfits for up to 70 television characters spanning 50 years of British and American history. Graham Hunter, costume designer for Million Dollar American Princesses, shows us how it's done.

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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.


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

    Elizabeth McGovern, Actor and Presenter

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    Elizabeth McGovern is an Academy Award--nominated film, television, and theater actor, and musician. Born in Evanston, Illinois, McGovern studied acting at The Juilliard School and the American Conservatory Theater. While at Juilliard, she was spotted and hired for her first film role, playing the girlfriend of a troubled teenager in 1980's "Ordinary People." Throughout the following three decades, McGovern played numerous film, TV, and theater roles, including "Ragtime" (1981), "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984), "The Handmaid's Tale" (1990), "Kick-Ass" (2010), and "Clash of the Titans" (2010).

    She also has strong ties to the U.K., with many highly regarded roles on British television, including her standout performance in the television drama "Downton Abbey." Some of McGovern's more recent projects include acting in the 2015 film "Woman in Gold" with Ryan Reynolds, performing and touring with her band Sadie and the Hotheads, and reprising her role as Lady Grantham in the fifth season of "Downton Abbey."

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