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That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor [Hardcover]

Anne Sebba
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Feb. 14 2012

The first full scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written by a woman, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the Twentieth Century, a character who played prominently in the blockbuster film The King’s Speech.

This is the story of the American divorcee notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne.  “That woman,” so called by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, was born Bessie Wallis Warfield in 1896 in Baltimore.  Neither beautiful nor brilliant, she endured an impoverished childhood, which fostered in her a burning desire to rise above her circumstances.

Acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba offers an eye-opening account of one of the most talked about women of her generation.  It explores the obsessive nature of Simpson’s relationship with Prince Edward, the suggestion that she may have had a Disorder of Sexual Development, and new evidence showing she may never have wanted to marry Edward at all.

Since her death, Simpson has become a symbol of female empowerment as well as a style icon.  But her psychology remains an enigma.  Drawing from interviews and newly discovered letters, That Woman shines a light on this captivating and complex woman, an object of fascination that has only grown with the years.


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ANNE SEBBA is a biographer, lecturer, and former Reuters foreign correspondent who has written eight books and is a member of the Society of Authors Executive Committee. She lives in London.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A defense of Wallis Simpson July 13 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The author is trying to convince you that Wallis Simpson was a good person and the Queen Mother was cruel to her. She painted Wallis as an innocent caught up in Edward VIII's life and unable to leave. I'm not convinced!
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By Joann Bidgood TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Excellent book~!! I always enjoy and stories about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and this book was no exception. Highly recommend it~!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romance of mythic proportions debunked Feb. 8 2014
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A fascinating read in which the relationship between Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson is revealed as desperate and flawed. The personal details of their relationship and the effect it had on others is more compelling than fictional romances,
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