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That Woman

The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

Anne Sebba

St. Martin's Griffin

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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That Woman
1Becoming Wallis'She has the Warfield look' 
 
 
Choosing your own name is the supreme act of self-creation. Wallis, the androgynous and unusual name she insisted on for herself, is a bold statement of identity. 'Wallis' is saying not only this is who I am but you will know no one else like me. Take me on my own terms. It was a credo she lived by.From the start this woman fashioned herself as something strong, intriguing, distinctive. In taking such a name she was constructing an identity, giving herself from a young age freedom that women of her era could
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'That Woman,' by Anne Sebba - NYTimes.com
This new book looks at the life of Wallis Simpson, for whom Edward VIII abdicated.
- The New York Times
“That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor” by Anne Sebba - The Washington Post
How did Wallis Simpson get a king to abdicate his throne?
- The Washington Post
Anne Sebba on Duchess of Windsor, Scotty Bowers on Himself - NYTimes.com
Anne Sebba looks at the Duchess of Windsor in a new biography; Scotty Bowers's memoir reveals Hollywood's sexual secrets.
- The New York Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Anne Sebba

  • 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.

  • Anne Sebba
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That Woman

The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

Anne Sebba

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