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The Woman

Before Wallis

The Woman Before Wallis is based on the true story of Thelma Morgan Furness, the American woman who lost Edward, Prince of Wales, to Wallis Simpson in 1934. It centers on Thelma’s real-life involvement in The Matter of Vanderbilt, a trial which saw Thelma’s twin sister, Gloria Vanderbilt, sued for custody of her daughter on charges of negligence, unfit parenting and homosexuality. As her sister gains international notoriety, Thelma looks on, knowing that her own fall from grace might not be far behind.  

Delve Deeper into the World of

The Woman Before Wallis






Bar Cart

What's a week-end at a country house party without a drink or two? Read along with Wallis and Thelma as they make plenty of prohibition-era cocktails

they might share with you if you're nice.



& Architecture

Explore the hotel rooms, country manors, restaurants and private clubs that make up Thelma's world on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sneak Peek

Want to read on? Click here to read the first few pages of

The Woman Before Wallis.

Works Consulted

A decent designer closet is just one of the perks of being a Viscountess. Open the door to Thelma's Closet to learn about the vintage clothing and designers that give

The Woman Before Wallis its signature style. 

What People Are Saying about The Woman Before Wallis

“Brimming with scandal and an equal amount of heart…a sweeping yet intimate look at the lives of some of history’s most notorious figures from Vanderbilts to the Prince of Wales… A must-read.”

Chanel Cleeton

New York Times bestselling author of When We Left Cuba and Next Year in Havana

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