Extraordinary Women

Coco Chanel (Photo Getty Images), Maria Montessori (Photo AP), and Madame Chiang Kai-shek  

They seemed to have it all — glamour, power, wealth, and adoration. Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Indira Gandhi, Madame Chiang Kai Shek, Josephine Baker...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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