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Queen of Versailles

Documentary telling the story of a couple whose plans of building a mansion are hit by the economic crisis, as the virtues and flaws of the American Dream are exposed.

First shown on BBC Storyville in January 2013, Jackie and David Siegel, a former beauty queen and her billionaire husband, are triumphantly building their dream home in Florida. Once finished, it will be the largest house in America - a 90,000 square-foot super-mansion modelled on the Palace of Versailles, replete with 30 bathrooms, 10 kitchens, sushi bar, bowling alley, skating rink, baseball park and ballroom.

But when the economic crisis hits, the rarefied world of a truly unique family is turned upside down. In the face of the worst economic crisis in decades, this rags-to-riches tale takes a tumble as Jackie, David, their eight children, maids, dogs, employees and business associates struggle to keep David's time-share business afloat and finish their dream home.

With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, this is the story of a couple who dared to dream big but lose, in a film that exposes the virtues and flaws of the American Dream.

3 months left to watch

1 hour, 29 minutes

Last on

Sun 10 Jan 2016 23:30

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Lauren Greenfield
Series Editor Nick Fraser

Broadcasts

  • Mon 28 Jan 2013 22:00
  • Thu 31 Jan 2013 23:50
  • Sun 10 Jan 2016 23:30

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