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Extraordinary Women highlights the lives of 13 women, a mix of saints and sinners, who lived their lives to the full. It celebrates their achievements, exposes their flaws, but also poses the unsettling question, does such success also bring happiness? Series link at: http://www.worldmediarights.com/index.php?hidAction=series&sid=33
|S01E01||Madame Chiang Kai-Shek||00/00/0000||In a remarkable life that touched three centuries, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek rose to become one of the most powerful women in the world. She positioned herself at the forefront of Chinese politics and held extraordinary influence in world affairs for a woman of her time. She was, for 5 decades, a source of invaluable support for her China’s ineffective Nationalist leader, her husband, General Chiang Kai-Shek.|
|S01E02||Coco Chanel||00/00/0000||She was an illegitimate child, born into a poorhouse and abandoned in an orphanage, but Coco Chanel rose from unimaginable poverty to create the most iconic fashion brand of the 20th century, The House of Chanel. Yet behind the success, lies a hidden story of wartime collaboration with the Nazis and a lifetime of disastrous affairs with unsuitable lovers.Always a mistress, never a wife, Coco’s longing for love nearly cost her everything.|
|S01E03||Wallis Simpson||00/00/0000||Brandished a frivolous socialite, a gold digger and even a Nazi-sympathiser, Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American, became embroiled in a deep constitutional crisis when she embarked upon one of the most talked-about marriages of the 20th century. To the horror of the British government and the Royal Family, on 10th December, 1936, King Edward VIII gave up the British throne to marry her.|
|S01E04||Hedy Lamarr||00/00/0000||With her smouldering femme fatale looks, Hedy Lamarr was known as the most beautiful woman in film. She was also one of the most controversial. Yet this programme explores the one aspect of her life which remained largely a secret, Hedy Lamarr, the inventor.|
|S01E05||Audrey Hepburn||00/00/0000||Audrey Hepburn was one of the most stylish women the world has ever seen, and she took Hollywood by storm. Winning an Oscar for her first major film role in Roman Holiday, she went on to star in the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the huge box office hit, My Fair Lady. Her natural, effortless beauty charmed millions. Audrey was more than just a movie star – she was a fashion icon the world over.|
|S01E06||Grace Kelly||00/00/0000||Grace Kelly was the girl who really did apparently have it all: beauty, intelligence, a glittering Hollywood career and to cap it all, her very own Prince. Unlike Wallis Simpson, she was adored by the country she married into and feted by both true and Hollywood aristocracy. She was in every sense the golden girl, an emblem of modern monarchy.|
|S01E07||Martha Gellhorn||00/00/0000||Martha Gellhorn was one of the greatest war reporters of the 20th century, sending first-hand accounts from some of the most defining events of the Second World War including the D-Day landings and the liberation of Dachau. She is also noted as being the third of Ernest Hemingway’s four wives, although she resented becoming “a footnote” in someone else’s history. Professionally she rose to the top of the tree, but it seemed her personal life was always in disarray.|
|S01E09||Josephine Baker||00/00/0000||Josephine Baker was a black entertainer who took the world by storm. Born into poverty in America's Midwest, she danced her way to New York and then Paris. By the end of the 1920s, Josephine was making more money than any other entertainer in Europe. She took French citizenship and even worked on her adopted country’s behalf as an undercover agent during the Second World War, risking her life, smuggling secrets in her sheet music. A look is taken at her incredible journey, from rags to riches, her struggle for equality, major losses and her triumphant return.|
|S01E11||Agatha Christie||00/00/0000||Mystery writer Agatha Christie (1890-1976) created such iconic characters as Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.|