Million Dollar American Princesses

  • 2015
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

The stories of American heiresses who, from the 1870s to WWI, wed cash-strapped British aristocrats; and the changes that were wrought within England's ruling class as a result.

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The Extravagant Plot to Make Grace Kelly a Princess
04:07 — In 1955, Rainier III, the wealthy Prince of Monaco, knew he had to find a bride to extend his family's legacy. With so few eligible Monacan women arou (more…)
How Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy Took England by Storm
03:35 — In 1938, Joe Kennedy arrived to much fanfare in England, with his family, as the U.S. ambassador to the U.K. But it was his daughter Kick who caught t (more…)
The Amazing Rise of Parliament's First Female Member
04:15 — When Nancy Astor's husband gave up his seat in British parliament, she decided to run in his place. Her victory immortalized her as the first woman to (more…)
Becoming a Million Dollar American Princess
02:33 — Actor Roanna Davidson walks us through the challenges and delights of becoming Winnaretta Singer, the provocative heir to a major sewing machine fortu (more…)
How Peggy Guggenheim Rescued Art from the Nazis
04:02 — As soon as Germany invaded France in 1940, Peggy Guggenheim set about buying up as many valuable art pieces as she could--to keep them out of Nazi han (more…)
This Woman Was Picasso, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald's Muse
04:24 — The wealth and candid charisma of Sara Murphy meant she inspired and was admired by many an artist in 1920s Paris--this included legendary painters an (more…)
How Clara Ward Scandalized All of Belgium
04:08 — At age 16, American heiress Clara Ward was married off to Belgian prince Joseph de Caraman-Chimay for a sizable dowry. It was a classic example of "ca (more…)
Why Pauline de Rothschild's Had the Best Taste
03:05 — Pauline de Rothschild brought sophistication and flair to every aspect of her marriage--this included completely transforming her husband's famous hom (more…)
How Nancy Astor Called Out Stalin on Human Rights
03:37 — Nancy Astor was a formidable political figure. She demonstrated this on a visit to Russia, when she directly confronted Stalin about his human rights (more…)
How to Dress a Million Dollar American Princess
02:13 — Imagine being in charge of finding original period-appropriate outfits for up to 70 television characters spanning 50 years of British and American hi (more…)
The Affair that Financially Ruined Gloria Swanson
04:38 — In 1927, Joe Kennedy teamed up with silent film star Gloria Swanson to produce films together. Within three years, he'd broken up her marriage, abando (more…)
Barbara Hutton: A Tragic Heiress Worth $387 Million
03:31 — In 1924, 12-year-old Barbara Hutton inherited a $28 million trust fund from her grandfather, retail magnate Frank Woolworth--about $387 million in tod (more…)
A Battle of Lavish Ball Gowns and Sparkling Wit
04:45 — Sparing no expense on designer clothes and weidling their native wit, American socialites Jennie Jerome and Consuelo Yznaga took the British social sc (more…)
The American Teen that Changed the British Aristocracy Forever
04:20 — In the late 19th century, Leonard Jerome was one of the richest men in New York City, having played the stock market and won. But to gain access to hi (more…)
Million Dollar American Princesses
Discover the true stories that inspired "Downton Abbey" and the rich American heiresses who took old-world England by storm.
Million Dollar American Princesses
Host Elizabeth McGovern explores the next wave of American women who took European nobility by storm.
Million Dollar American Princesses
Host Elizabeth McGovern explores the next wave of American women who took European nobility by storm.
The American Teen that Changed the British Aristocracy Forever
04:20 — In the late 19th century, Leonard Jerome was one of the richest men in New York City, having played the stock market and won. But to gain access to hi (more…)
Wallis Simpson: A Polished Arrow
04:19 — There aren't many rumors that American socialite Wallis Simpson hasn't been subjected to. So here's how she actually infiltrated the British monarchy.
From the Wild West to British High Society
04:38 — Maude Burke, born into the wild, lawless San Francisco of the late 1800s, knew she was destined for bigger, better things. This is how she got them.
Could You Have Endured Consuelo Vanderbilt's Upbringing?
04:30 — Tutored in several European languages for hours on end and strapped to a steel rod for posture, Consuelo Vanderbilt's childhood was anything but easy.
Could You Have Endured Consuelo Vanderbilt's Upbringing?
04:30 — Tutored in several European languages for hours on end and strapped to a steel rod for posture, Consuelo Vanderbilt's childhood was anything but easy.
Million Dollar American Princesses
Discover the true stories that inspired "Downton Abbey" and the rich American heiresses who took old-world England by storm.
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  • Premiered: January 4, 2015
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: The stories of American heiresses who, from the 1870s to WWI, wed cash-strapped British aristocrats; and the changes that were wrought within England's ruling class as a result. (more)

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