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Walt Whitman called Lillie Langtry the essence of poetry. James Whistler confessed that even he couldn't capture her beauty in a painting. And George Bernard Shaw declared her intelligent, daring, and independent. In a BAFTA-winning performance hailed by critics, the incandescently beautiful Francesca Annis (Madame Bovary, Reckless, Cranford) portrays the acclaimed British actress and courtesan from the blush of youth to still-glorious old age. At a time when society expected women to be docile and demure, Lillie posed for celebrity endorsements, conducted her own business affairs, and paid her first husband to keep his distance. Even more scandalously, she openly entertained a string of lovers among Europe's elite, including the very married Prince of Wales all while managing to win the respect and admiration of his wife. With its splendid cast and exquisite production elements, Lillie vividly captures the complex woman who became one of the most infamous figures of the Victorian age.
I first heard about this series on the internet and I absolutely love it. The actors in it are outstanding. So easy to get lost in another era when you watch this movie. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Susan
Hooked, hooked, hooked.
We can't get enough of all the good BBC series.
Lillie is particularly interesting because she also made her mark here in the USA. Read more
Whilst Ms Annis portrays Lillie Langtry with aplomb, let us not forget Peter Egan's exquisite Oscar Wilde! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy
One of my favorite BBC series from long ago. Delighted to find it on disc.Published 2 months ago by Pat the Book Lover
AMAZING!! entertaining story telling, very hard to stop watching. Quality could have been better, but kept watching and will watch again!Published 3 months ago by Adriana E. Skidmore
Francesca Annis is a marvelous actress and this mini series put her on the map for American viewers. She is a beautiful woman too which is essential for the role. Read morePublished 4 months ago by carol irvin
I cannot get it to play more than a couple of seconds at a time and the picture quality is horrible.Published 4 months ago by Karla H. Whorton