Susan Hampshire stars as Becky Sharpe in this classic adaptation of W.M. Thackeray's novel Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero. Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley leave the comfortable surroundings of Miss Pinkerton's Boarding School for the wider world in search of fortune, love and marriage. Becky, the orphaned daughter of a penniless artist and a French opera singer, is determined to advance herself within society. She is not going to let a small thing like working as a lowly governess stand in her way. Amelia is the good natured but silly daughter of a rich merchant who introduces Becky into her social world. Thackeray painted a vivid panoramic picture of materialistic high life in the England of the time. He illustrated how people lived very comfortably in dept, denying themselves nothing and remaining content. Vanity Fair also created one of the most fascinating immoral, conniving female characters in literature.