Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly ... See full summary »
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1978  
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Peggy Ann Wood ...
 Mrs. Le Breton 10 episodes, 1978
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 Patsy Cornwallis-West 8 episodes, 1978
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 Frank Miles 7 episodes, 1978
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 Dean Le Breton 7 episodes, 1978
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 Francis Knollys 7 episodes, 1978
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 Princess Alexandra / ... 6 episodes, 1978
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Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly drinks himself to death, Lillie embarks upon a sensational career as a somewhat talented yet beautiful actress in Britain and the United States. Throughout her life she attracts rich and sometimes brutal lovers, endures financial ruin and scandal, yet maintains her dignity, elegance, and a certain amount of her beauty until the end of her life. Written by <LACrosthwait@prodigy.net>

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11 March 1979 (USA)  »

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(13 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Francesca Annis (Lillie Langtry) plays the mother of Joanna David (Jeanne Marie Malcolm) in the series even though she is only a year and a half her senior in real life. See more »

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Oscar Wilde: The camera, you know, will never capture you. Photography, in my experience, has the miraculous power of transferring wine into water.
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Lily Langtry Comes To Life: Oscar Wilde Portrayal As Good As It Gets
5 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

At the end of the first hour of this BBC Costumer, you may be tempted to forget the rest, as it appears to be somewhat dated--the color as dated a bit, the film techniques--and the plot establishment a bit slow; but stay the course! This excellent immersion in Victorian society is both informative and wonderfully acted, particularly by Francesca Annis as Lillie Langtry, who is seldom off the screen, playing a young woman whose strength of will develops as she copes with a society whose strictures are iron-clad. I can't recall when I've seen a better portrayal of Oscar Wilde and his immediate Bohemian Circle, Peter Egan brilliantly capturing his offhand wit and vulnerability; Denis Lill, too, as the Prince of Wales who becomes enamored of the "Jersey Lily" sent me to Wikipedia to discover more about the entire period; to someone who only knew of Lillie Lantry because of Judge Roy Bean's obsession with her in the John Ford movie My Darling Clementine, this lengthy series was mesmerizing; it's a colorful and involving recreation of a world long past.


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