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The Life & Times of Doris Payne: A Tale of Carats, Cons, and Creating Your Own American Dream
Find out how a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated 1930s America winds up as one of the world’s most notorious and successful jewel thieves.
A glamorous 83-year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the $2 million in jewels she’s stolen over a 60-year career as she was the day she stole her first carat. With Doris now on trial for the theft of a department store diamond ring, we probe beneath her consummate smile to uncover the secrets of her trade and what drove her to a life of crime. Stylized recreations, an extensive archive and candid interviews reveal how Payne managed to jet-set her way into any Cartier or Tiffany’s from Monte Carlo to Japan and walk out with small fortunes. This sensational portrait exposes a rebel who defies society’s prejudices and pinches her own version of the American Dream while she steals your heart.
You damn right, I’m watching this. Shit, I’m pissed that a crew of chicks hasn’t made a concept album in tribute to this woman. #femmeoutlaw
Especially since black criminals have so often been characterized as brutish and ignorant, while jewel theft is lionized as a crime for sophisticated masterminds who outsmart authorities (read: smartypants white dudes who do Mission Impossible type shit).
WHY DIDN’T I KNOW ABOUT HER