Vanity Fair | 1999
Miniseries based on William Makepeace Thackeray's novel "Vanity Fair," which tells the tale of seductive social-climber Becky Sharp. Set against the tapestry of the Napoleonic Wars, the young, glittering, amoral Becky cuts her swath through the rich world of the English upper crust. The story traces the interwoven destinies of the two contrasted heroines: Becky Sharp, the resourceful and socially ambitious orphan daughter of a penniless artist; and her affectionate, trusting, unworldly friend Amelia Sedley, at whose comfortable Bloomsbury home Becky goes to stay when the two leave school together.
As the story begins, Sir Pitt Crawley proposes to Becky, but she is secretly married to his son. Meanwhile, Amelia marries the selfish George Osborne, despite his father's wishes. Behind Amelia's back, George flirts with Becky, then is killed at Waterloo. As Amelia raises her son in poverty, the faithful Dobbin supports her. Becky charms wealthy Lord Steyne, until discovered by her husband, who then storms out of her life forever.