That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

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Macmillan, Feb 14, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 344 pages
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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: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

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While the allure of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII's story has lasted over 70 years, Sebba (former foreign correspondent, Reuters; American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill ... Read full review

THAT WOMAN: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

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An in-depth biography of the notorious Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, the American divorcée whose marriage to King Edward VIII cost him the throne.Already a bestseller in the UK, the latest work ... Read full review


1 Becoming Wallis She has the Warfield look
2 Understanding Wallis I am naturally gay and flirtatious
3 Wallis in Wonderland Too good for a woman
4 Wallis on the Lookout I cant go on wandering for the rest of my life
5 Wallis on the Sidelines I suppose Ill have to take the fatal plunge one of these days
6 Wallis in Control Keeping up with 2 men is making me move all the time
7 Wallis Out of Control I have of course been under a most awful strain with Ernest and HM
10 Wallis in Exile Mummy dear isnt it nice to have a Royal Family again
11 Wallis at War And with all her charity she had not a word to say for That Woman
12 Wallis Grits her Teeth Les Anglais are very strange people I find
13 BestDressed Wallis The Windsors prestige is not what it used to be
14 Wallis Alone All the wicked things shes done in her life
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8 Wallis in the Witness Box Ive been pretty flattened out by the world in general
9 Wallis on the Run Concentrate on the legal side now

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About the author (2012)

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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