Extraordinary Women

Extraordinary Women

They seemed to have it all - glamour, power, wealth and adoration. Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Indira Gandhi, Madame Chiang Kai Shek... they were worshipped, loved and sometimes even feared by millions the world over. These were the pioneers who showed that a woman could be the equal of any man. But behind the public success, there was so often private heartache and personal tragedy. Featuring archive, interviews and dramatic re-enactment, this series reveals the price these extraordinary women paid for their achievements. Yet in the end, they overcame all adversities to emerge as triumphant, inspirational icons of the 20th Century.

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Hedy Lamarr

07/24/2014 at 8:00 pm on WTTW HD

Hedy Lamarr was known as the most beautiful woman in film and one of the most controversial.

Audrey Hepburn

07/31/2014 at 8:00 pm on WTTW HD

The stylish Audrey Hepburn took Hollywood by storm and became a fashion icon the world over.

Amelia Earhart

08/07/2014 at 8:00 pm on WTTW HD

Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Dr Ruth Westheimer

08/14/2014 at 8:00 pm on WTTW HD

A look at the life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer reveals she was much more than a famous sex therapist.

Maria Montessori

08/28/2014 at 8:00 pm on WTTW HD

A look at how Maria Montessori challenged convention to pioneer a radical new system of education.

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