Gertrude Bell was not your typical Victorian woman. Raised in Yorkshire, England to an aristocratic family, she was an expert on the Middle East and a renowned archaeologist, photographer and map maker and mountain climber. Her list of firsts is astounding. She was the first woman to graduate from Oxford University with a First in Modern History, she has an Alp in Switzerland named after her, she was the first woman officer in British military intelligence and the only woman at the Paris Peace Conference in an official capacity. Gertrude earned her reputation as an expert on the Middle East by traveling through the Arab deserts befriending sheiks and tribal leaders. During World War I, she was in the British Army and served as a liaison with the Arab people. After the war, she stayed in the Middle East was instrumental in setting up the government of Iraq. It was said that she was the only English-speaking person that Arab people respected. She was known as Khatun, Queen of the Desert and even The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq. Unfortunately, Gertrude Bell is not known well today. Karen Vuranch's portrayal will help modern audiences become acquainted with this remarkable woman.