Scandals, State Dinners and the Real Story Behind ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’

The Takeaway

In 1939, just weeks before England entered World War II, a historic meeting took place between King George VI of England and the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was the first time that a sitting British royal had ever visited the U.S. and the king, fearing the impending threat of Nazi Germany, was eager to gain the FDR’s support.
The story of this meeting is depicted in the new movie “Hyde Park on Hudson,” told through the eyes of Margaret “Daisy” Suckley, a distant cousin of FDR’s, as well as one of his lovers.
Opening tomorrow, “Hyde Park on Hudson” stars Bill Murray as FDR, Laura Linney as Daisy and Samuel West as King George VI.
Richard Nelson  is the film’s screenwriter, as well as a resident of Dutchess County, New York, where the real meeting of King George and President Roosevelt took place.

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