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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“Samantha Bond is a regal-sounding British performer whose voice is strong enough to portray Wallace’s deliberate escape from her drab days in the middle class…Elegantly, Bond describes details of Simpson’s early life as well, her relationship with her parents and her marriages, affairs, and exotic rendezvous, capturing the essences of what made this complicated yet transparent woman tick.” – AudioFile Magazine
“Brought to brilliant light in this responsible, respectful biography.” —Booklist on Jennie Churchill
“A rigorously objective book… Fascinating.” —Financial Times on Mother Teresa
‘That Woman,’ by Anne Sebba - NYTimes.comThis new book looks at the life of Wallis Simpson, for whom Edward VIII abdicated.- The New York Times
Anne Sebba on Duchess of Windsor, Scotty Bowers on Himself - NYTimes.comAnne Sebba looks at the Duchess of Windsor in a new biography; Scotty Bowers’s memoir reveals Hollywood’s sexual secrets.- The New York Times
“That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor” by Anne Sebba - The Washington PostHow did Wallis Simpson get a king to abdicate his throne?- The Washington Post
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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