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The real Downton Abbey 'princesses' who saved Britain's rich men from ruin

Lovemoney Logo By Amy Palmer of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 24: During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there was an influx of wealthy, young, rich foreign women marrying titled Brits. Many of these women were American and the 'dollar princesses', as they were known, were happy to exchange their Gilded Age riches for a chance to be part of the elite. In return the land-rich, cash-poor British aristocrats had their money woes solved. Lady Cora from Downton Abbey is a prime example of a dollar princess, and it's said show creator Julian Fellowes took inspiration from real-life members of the British aristocracy. Read on to meet the rich women who inspired the hugely popular TV series and film.

The dramatic lives of the dollar princesses

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there was an influx of wealthy, young, rich foreign women marrying titled Brits. Many of these women were American and the 'dollar princesses', as they were known, were happy to exchange their Gilded Age riches for a chance to be part of the elite. In return the land-rich, cash-poor British aristocrats had their money woes solved. Lady Cora from Downton Abbey is a prime example of a dollar princess, and it's said show creator Julian Fellowes took inspiration from real-life members of the British aristocracy. Read on to meet the rich women who inspired the hugely popular TV series and film.

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