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Extraordinary Women

Agatha Christie (#107)

Explore the life of the mystery and crime fiction author who wrote 80 novels and short stories. [50 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: They seemed to have it all - glamour, power, wealth and adoration. Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Indira Gandhi, Madame Chiang Kai Shek... they were worshipped, loved and sometimes even feared by millions the world over. These were the pioneers who showed that a woman could be the equal of any man. But behind the public success, there was so often private heartache and personal tragedy. Featuring archive, interviews and dramatic re-enactment, this series reveals the price these extraordinary women paid for their achievements. Yet in the end, they overcame all adversities to emerge as triumphant, inspirational icons of the 20th Century.

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  • Coco Chanel (#102)

    The life of the French fashion designer and founder of the iconic Chanel brand is explored. [48 minutes]

  • Wallis Simpson (#103)

    King Edward VIII gave up the British throne to marry the twice-divorced American socialite, Wallis Simpson, in 1936. [52 minutes]

  • Grace Kelly (#104)

    This profile of the Hollywood icon looks at her career as an actress and life as Princess of Monaco. [48 minutes]

  • Martha Gellhorn (#105)

    Martha Gellhorn became a war correspondent during the Spanish Civil War. Her career carried her from Spain through World War II, to Vietnam and, much later, to America's wars in Guatemala and Panama. [49 minutes]

  • Josephine Baker (#106)

    This program profiles the life of the flamboyant jazz entertainer and dancer who dazzled audiences from Harlem to Paris, and later campaigned for Civil Rights. [49 minutes]

  • Audrey Hepburn (#109)

    The stylish Audrey Hepburn took Hollywood by storm and became a fashion icon the world over. [51 minutes]

  • Indira Gandhi (#110)

    Indira Gandhi triumphed over critics and transformed India into a confident independent democracy. [50 minutes]

  • Amelia Earhart (#111)

    Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. [52 minutes]

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