Smithsonian Channel Million Dollar American Princesses, Peggy Guggenheim vs. the Nazis

Million Dollar American Princesses Host Elizabeth McGovern Credit ; Graeme Hunter Pictures

Million Dollar American Princesses Host Elizabeth McGovern
Credit ; Graeme Hunter Pictures Credit: Smithsonian Channel

Elizabeth McGovern returns to host the second season, premieres Sunday, January 10th at 8 p.m. ET/PT

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2016/1/10 – Million Dollar American Princesses traces the lives of women from wealthy families  who married for love, position or fame. Many blaze their own trails, with scandals or success. The series has moved forward to the 1950-1960. Wealthy women are doing more then just throwing parties and supporting their husbands. They are involved in cultural and political life in Europe. Traveling to the exotic locations  all over the world, historic documents and re-enactments bring the heiress’ struggles to life.

Women featured in the episodes….

The secretly gay daughter of Singer sewing machine Isaac Singer Winnaretta Singer marries Edmond, Prince de Polignac, who is also gay. As a princess Winnaretta is seen and known in the salons of Paris. She becomes very involved in supporting contemporary music.

Sara Murphy, a debutante at the Royal court in London, marries Gerald Murphy, heir to the Mark Cross leather goods business. During the Jazz Age they travel to Paris and the French Riviera. Sara is a muse to Pablo Picasso. F. Scott Fitzgerald is obsessed with her. In the book Tender is the Night Fitzgerald based the characters of Dick and Nicole Diver on the Murphys.

Peggy Guggenheim is a patron of the arts who collects modern art. She helps bring attention to many new artists. She mentors Pollack and others. She becomes one of the most important patrons and collectors of modern art. She buys all the modern art in Paris she can find to save it from the invading Nazis before WWII.

Twitter:  @ElizabethMcGov@SmithsonianChan

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *