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 explores the time between the 1870s and the outbreak of World War One, when more than 200 daughters of America's new industrial millionaires marry into the money-strapped British aristocracy. They use their affluence, allure and ingenuity to their advantage, and they bring dramatic changes to the English ruling class and eventually the world. (Source: The Smithsonian Channel)
By the 1930s, the legacy of America's millionaire princesses paves the way for a new generation of American women to enter, and transform, the British ruling class. Some will leave their marriages to explore independent destinies, one will trade charisma instead of wealth to marry into royalty, and one will unwittingly bring about the greatest royal crisis of the 20th century. Witness stories of character and courage as these women escape loveless marriages, break barriers, create their own happy endings and make history.