Drama doc | history
It's the story that lies at the heart of the smash-hit series, Downton Abbey.
At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Centuries, American heiresses used their dowries to buy themeselves titled but desperately impoverished European husbands, swaping their cash for class and thereby saving countless aristocracies.
The twelve women featured in the second series included movie stars Rita Hayworth, Gloria Swanson and Grace Kelly and members of dynastic families like Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy.
Other hugely influential women were Nancy Lancaster, the woman that defined the style known as English Country House and Winnaretta Singer who as Princesse de Polignac was one of the most significant patrons of contemporary music in the twentieth century.
The nine-day drama shoot was filmed in some of the finest country houses and theatres in Scotland and it involved well over a hundred costumes covering over 50 featured characters and more than 50 extras.
Million Dollar American Princesses
Drama director for the whole series
Producer of two of the four programmes
4 x 47 for the Smithsonian Channel also shown in ITV
Drama DOP - ALAN McLAUGLIN
Production Manager - DEE EDMONDS
Exec Producer - SUE SUMMERS
Editor - IAN MELLIS
Series Producer - MICHAEL BURKE