Show Business: The Pallisers: In the Trollope Topiary

Move over, Mary Hartman, and make way for a real lady. Her name is Glencora Palliser—Lady Glencora Palliser. She just may be the most entrancing TV character of the '70s—as quickwitted as Rhoda, as attractive as Mary Tyler Moore, as sexy as any of Charlie's Angels. And where did this superlative creature spring from? Why, from the prolific pen of Anthony Trollope, the very prototype of the long-stemmed Victorian novelist.

Lady Glencora, played by a dazzling Susan Hampshire, is the dominating character of The Pallisers, a 22-part British-made series based on Trollope's political...

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