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Anne Sebba

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The biographer and bestselling author Anne Sebba discusses her book That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor (St. Martin’s Press, 2012), with Joseph Planta.

That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba (St. Martin’s Press, 2012).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.

Over 75 years after he abdicated the British throne for the ‘woman he loved,’ and just over 25 years since her death, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor remain a source of fascination, intrigue and speculation. There was the recent Madonna offering W.E. which brought the Windsors into a cinematic light. Also a new book brings the legend and myth surrounding Edward VIII and his American born divorcee wife Wallis Simpson back to life for a new reassessment. The book is called That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, and its author is the celebrated biographer Anne Sebba. She has written a highly readable, fascinating book, whose title is taken from the late Queen Mother, who used to refer to Wallis as, ‘that woman.’ One likely saw a bit of the Queen Mother’s dislike of the Windsors in Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech. In the book, Ms. Sebba, who joins me from Chicago this day, skillfully navigates through the voluminous history inspired by the Windsors, as well she presents newly discovered letters that further illuminate more about the romance of the Duke and Duchess; that perhaps it wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. That perhaps Wallis was still very much in love with her second husband Ernest Simpson, and in fact had been manipulated by a petty, childish King into marrying him. Was theirs truly the romance of the 20th century? What inspired their unique style? We’ll ask Anne Sebba that and more. The book is published by St. Martin’s Press, and the author’s website is at www.annesebba.com. I’m very pleased to welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Anne Sebba; Ms. Sebba, good morning.