Sunday, March 20, 2011

That Woman

With the recent popularity of The King's Speech, it seems that Wallace Simpson is in the news again.  I've always been a bit intrigued by the American woman who single-handedly disrupted the line of succession to the British throne, and two new books and a movie directed by Madonna attempt to explore her life more intently than the way she's been depicted for so long. 

As Anne Sebba, one of Simpson's biographers asks, "Why and how did a middle-aged woman, not conventionally beautiful, beyond childbearing years and with two living husbands win over a man so forcefully that he gave up not just a throne but an empire to live with her?"

I'm curious to find out.  Here's a recent article about Simpson and her newfound influence in popular culture.