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The Woman He Loved (1988)

The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.

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Charles Jarrott

Writer:

William Luce
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Anthony Andrews ... Prince of Wales
Jane Seymour ... Wallis Simpson
Olivia de Havilland ... Aunt Bessie Merryman
Lucy Gutteridge ... Thelma
Tom Wilkinson ... Ernest Simpson
Julie Harris ... Alice
Robert Hardy ... Winston Churchill
Phyllis Calvert ... Queen Mary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mona Bruce Mona Bruce ... Mrs. Baldwin
Richenda Carey ... Maud Kerr-Smiley
Elizabeth Counsell ... Katherine Rogers
Susan Denaker ... Connie Thaw
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... Lord Perry Brownlow
Peter Graves ... Lord Reith
John Horsley ... Justice Sir John Hawke
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Storyline

The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher que Ele Amou See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Edward's mistress Thelma Furness (Lucy Gutteridge) had an identical twin sister Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt. Gutteridge had previously played Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt in the mini-series Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982). See more »

Goofs

In one funeral flashback set in 1972, the coffin is carried in with the Duke of Windsor's flag, but the trumpeters have the "GR" cipher of George V, last used in 1936. See more »

Quotes

Wallis Simpson: I wonder what my old débutante friends in Baltimore would say if they knew I, Bessie Wallis Warfield was ten feet away from the future King of England?
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Bart the Murderer (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Vienna City Of My Dreams
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Music by Rudolph Sieczynski
Lyrics by Edward Lockton
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Stale version of the famous love affair stiffly acted...
7 October 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

One would think that with all the lavish care and expense that went into this made-for-TV movie, it would reflect something of the taste and manners of the upper class couple--Wallis Simpson and the Prince of Wales--instead of being a mawkish, unappetizing historical romance.

Nor is it helped by the fact that JANE SEYMOUR and ANTHONY ANDREWS give stiff, rather uncomfortable to watch performances in which the events move much too slowly to hold attention.

It's hard to understand why a star of OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND's caliber would wish to play the supporting role of Aunt Bessie since the role is so colorless she just about fades out of sight. At this stage in her career, Olivia was appearing in so many "nobility" roles requiring a regal presence but nothing more.

A trivial movie best left forgotten among all the made-for-TV movies of that era.


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