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28 Мар

The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain

Lady Grantham of ‘Downton Abbey’ is not even close to an anomaly. British aristocrats married United states heiresses in droves in the 1900s that are early. But was it truly because easy as ‘cash for class’?

Tim Teeman

Senior Editor and Writer


It’s the most animated this Downton Abbey fan has ever seen Lady Grantham. Elizabeth McGovern, who plays the duration detergent opera’s slack-jawed, sleepy-eyed matriarch Cora—who constantly appears listlessly zonked, whatever tragedy has simply befallen her spouse or unlucky-in-love daughters—gallops with gusto through the tales associated with the real-life American heiresses who married British aristocrats in the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary series Million Dollar American Princesses.

The series that is three-part which starts on Sunday evening right before the very first episode of Season Five of Downton, centers on the tales of a clutch of this 200 or more US heiresses who married British lords at round the finish associated with the 19 th century and also the start of 20 th.

The marital change, on top at minimum, appears sharp and sound: Hard-up British aristocrats gain benefit from the wide range of United states heiresses, while United states heiresses get yourself a name also to inhabit a grand, crumbling castle means before their great grandkids have all Harry Potter-obsessed with exactly the same task. Exactly What this apparently symmetrical trade of desires ignored to factor in was greed, personalities, and marriage-killing individual frailties.

Exactly just What this program persuasively shows is Britain is jolly grateful for the US ladies who alighted on its shores—one union produced Britain’s inspirational wartime PM, Winston, while another wedding, generations later on, led to Princes William and Harry, and today Prince George. The Royal Family has benefited hugely through the American bloodstream in its veins.

Jennie Jerome, who continued to become Lady Randolph Churchill, came to be in Brooklyn in 1854. Читать далее