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The Buccaneers: Conchi and The Real Life Story of Consuelo Vanderbilt


The Buccaneers’ Conchita “Conchi” Closson is based on a famous real life figure. Here’s how …

Aubri Ibrag and Alisha Boe in "The Buccaneers," now streaming on Apple TV+.
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This article contains spoilers for The Buccaneers through episode 6.

While The Buccaneers on Apple TV+ is based on Edith Wharton’s unfinished novel of the same name, the show also depicts some of the real history from the 1870s as well. Wharton modeled the main characters after people she knew during her debutante days and other prominent figures of the era. 

Episode 1 “American Poison” introduces Conchita “Conchi” Closson (Alisha Boe) as one of the heiresses representing the new class of business barons in the 1870s. Wharton in fact modeled her character after Consuelo Vanderbilt, the real-life wife of a tycoon.

Den of Geek spoke to series creator Katherine Jakeways, executive producer Beth Willis, and director and executive producer Susanna White to find out how they were inspired by Wharton’s novel and the real story of Consuelo Vanderbilt to bring Conchita to life on screen. 

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