The Real-Life Socialites That Inspired Julian Fellowes' The Gilded Age

The Real-Life Socialites That Inspired Julian Fellowes' The Gilded Age
America finally has its own Downton Abbey, and rightfully so. On Monday, Jan. 24, HBO premiered the latest period drama by Julian Fellowes and, instead of taking a closer look at the British aristocracy, The Gilded Age shined a light on late-1800s New York City, where old money society fought to keep control from rising robber barons and their equally ambitious wives. "[The Old Money families] were more modest," Fellowes said of the rivalry to Entertainment Weekly. "They were living in houses in Washington Square that were not enormous. They lived respectable lives, and that was New York society at the time. But for the new arrivals, that wasn't enough for them. They wanted to do something...
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