Watch Million Dollar American Princesses

This series takes on the issue of young women who inherit great fortune at a young age. These types of people exist in real life, and their lives are very fascinating to a lot of people. They seem to have a life that is set apart from the rest of us. It means that those who are simply like the average person can take a look at the lives of these young women and wonder what it would be like to be just like them. It would certainly be an interesting existence, but it would also be an existence that most of us will never have the chance to experience.

Sundays 8:00PM et/pt on Smithsonian CHANNEL
2 Seasons, 16 Episodes
January 4, 2015
Documentary & Biography, History
7.4/10
Cast: Elizabeth McGovern, Charles Jennings, Clive Aslet, Fiona Herbert 8th Countess of Carnarvon
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Million Dollar American Princesses Full Episode Guide

  • The tale of Nancy Astor, Nancy Lancaster and Pauline de Rothschild coming to England from America and their determination to stand up and be heard.

  • Tonight's is the story of three women who sought after love, but ran into disaster. Barbara Hutton, Clara Ward, and Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy married into European nobility but were shunned by everyone and the happy endings they tried for.

  • Elizabeth McGovern, from "Downton Abbey," reveals how Winnaretta Singer, Sara Murphy, and Peggy Guggenheim influenced some of the most innovative creative talents of the 20th century.

  • How Grace Kelly, Gloria Swanson, and Rita Hayworth transformed from Hollywood royalty to part of European nobility.

  • This one-hour special will bring us up to date on where the Texas participants are in their weight loss journey, what they're doing differently, and what the trainers think.

  • Sallie is the life of every party, but at age 30 and 443 pounds, she is finding she can no longer be as active as she once was. Now, as she watches her 9-year-old son Sam follow in her footsteps and gain weight, she realizes that it is time to change her life--for both her and Sam. Chad, at age 28 and weighing 509 pounds, has met the love of his life and is ready to start a family of his own. However, Leina isn't willing to settle down with Chad until he changes to a healthier lifestyle. She doesn't want to marry someone who could die in a year. Unwilling to lose Leina, Chad is ready to prove that he can be the man she wants him to be.

  • Stacia used to live to perform theater, but at 435 pounds, her weight proved to be too much of an obstacle to take the stage. She has tried to lose the weight before but she and her husband fall into old patterns and find they just can't give up their food. At 39 years old, Stacia realizes that time is ticking and, if she wants to change, she must do it now, even if it means making some drastic changes to her home life. At 4'2" and 240 pounds, Tim is a little person whose health problems from his dwarfism are made worse by his excess weight. He dreams of holding down a job and finding love, but until he takes off the weight, those goals are out of reach. He has vowed to take off the weight before, but has never followed through. Will this time be different or will he once again fall back on old habits?

  • Bill, 52 years old and 443 pounds, is a former college football star with two national championships under his belt who at one time had it all, but lost his job, his family, and his waistline because of drug addiction. He's since kicked his addiction to pain pills, but now it's time to see if he can beat his other addiction--food. Julia, 25 years old and 255 pounds, has spent her entire life having her weight compared to her skinnier twin sister, so when her boyfriend broke up with her because her weight made her no longer attractive to him, she reached wits end. Now Julia is ready to show everyone that, underneath all the extra layers, there is a strong confident woman ready to take on the world.

  • At 45-years-old and weighing 446 pounds, Ronnie is engaged to be married to the love of his life, Cara. Unfortunately, Ronnie's weight is keeping them from realizing their dream of the perfect beach wedding. Tired of waiting for his life to begin again, Ronnie is ready to take off the weight and become the husband Cara deserves. Debbie is 44-years-old and weighs 401 pounds. She never has had a date, or a full time job, and is still financially dependant on her parents. Sick of living on the sidelines, just watching her life go by, she is ready to make the change. At her age, she realizes--it's now or never.

  • Travis' addiction to food has made him blind to the damage he's doing to his body, and his family. At age 34 and weighing 431 pounds, he's been trapped in a vicious cycle of eating and depression. If he doesn't change now, the doctors warn he risks making his wife a widow and a single parent to their seven-year-old son and baby on the way. Lindy, 37 years old and 285 pounds, used to be the most popular girl in school. She was skinny and a cheerleader...she had it all. But after 17 years of marriage, her husband told her she was too fat and the marriage ended. Since the divorce, she has gained 175 pounds and her daughters won't have anything to do with her. She needs to lose the weight so that she can get her life and her family back.

  • See how the success of the suffrage movement created new opportunities for America's transatlantic princesses.

  • Marriages between the daughters of new-money Americans and a cash-strapped British aristocracy hit its stride by 1895. But these unions come at a price, financially and emotionally. While some women find true love overseas, others, like Consuelo Vanderbilt, find themselves mired in misery, loneliness and scandal. Host Elizabeth McGovern reveals how their stories inspired the hit series "Downton Abbey." Then, she explores how the daughters of America's wealthy industrialists survived, and even thrived, in their new aristocratic surroundings.

  • They're commonly called "the nouveau riche." Snubbed by New York's old-money families, these ambitious new millionaires, along with their daughters, set their sights on England, and quickly gain entry into the highest levels of the British aristocracy. Join "Downton Abbey" star Elizabeth McGovern as she explores the first transatlantic marriages of the late 1800s. Some will be inspired by love. Some are destined to be simply crude dollar-for-title deals. All of them, collectively, will change the course of history.

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