With the release of Spencer, we are once again revisiting the trauma of Princess Diana’s life – a tale the film’s director, Pablo Larraín, describes as “a fable from a true tragedy.”


But while he might think it’s a hot take, in reality, this is far from the first time a famous woman’s trauma has been exploited for entertainment value, even if we limit our scope to this year. Looking from Princess Diana to Brittany Murphy to Amy Winehouse – the People’s Princess, the it-girl and the musician – we see three women who achieved iconic status in the business of fame, but ended up having their trauma replayed and exploited.


It’s a practice that continues to damage them, and all of us.


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