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Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987)

The true story of one of the richest women in America - heiress to the Woolworth fortune. She had vast wealth and seven husbands, but never found lasting love.

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writers:

Dennis Turner (teleplay), C. David Heymann (book)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farrah Fawcett ... Barbara Hutton
David Ackroyd ... Graham Mattison (parts 3-6)
Stéphane Audran ... Pauline de la Rochelle
Amadeus August ... Count von Haugwitz-Reventlow (parts 2-4)
Nicholas Clay ... Prince Alexis Mdivani (parts 1-3)
Bruce Davison ... Jimmy Donahue (parts 1-3,5,6)
Carmen Du Sautoy ... Roussie (parts 1-3)
Anne Francis ... Marjorie Post Hutton (parts 1-2)
Sascha Hehn ... Baron Gottfried von Cramm (parts 3-6)
Kevin McCarthy ... Franklyn Hutton (parts 1-4)
Tony Peck ... James Douglas III (part 6)
Zoë Wanamaker ... Jean Kennerly
Clive Arrindell Clive Arrindell ... Prince Troubetzkoy (part 5)
Linden Ashby ... Lance Reventlow - Adult (parts 5-6)
Debbie Barker ... Jill St John (parts 5-6)
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Storyline

This sprawling bio-pic is about Barbara Hutton, heiress to the immense Woolworth store fortune. She was married 8 times. Cary Grant was one of her husbands. He was the only one to renounce all claims to her fortune, yet the couple were called "Cash and Cary". Hutton's life took her to exotic locales like Denmark and Morocco. Nearly all of her husbands treated her poorly. A social butterfly, she was a bad mother to her only son whose death in a plane crash broke her heart. Written by <doctorsundar@hotmail.com>

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armes reiches Mädchen - Die Geschichte der Barbara Hutton See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts) | (6 parts) | (short)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Barbara first meets nanny Tikki, the building is Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene, set in 1917, the North tower of the World Trade Center is shown, which wasn't built until 1970. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Donahue: I may be a queen, but at least I earned MY title!
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Referenced in DVD-R Hell: Poochinski (2011) See more »

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Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)
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The Tragic Life Of The Once Richest Woman In The World
6 September 2019 | by JustinCasey83See all my reviews

"Poor Little Rich Girl" is a two-part mini-series that tells the story of the late American socialite and heiress,Barbara Woolworth Hutton. It tells her story from her childhood when she witnessed her mother died in bed at age four until her last days at Beverly Hills Wilshire Hotel during her last days being in despair and seclusion after her only son died.

Farrah Fawcett stars in this biographical TV movie. It narrates a story of a traumatic and neglected childhood after her mother died and her father left her on her own; inheriting a vast amount of money at a young age making her the richest woman in the world when the United States was experiencing "The Great Depression" during the 1930's;how she became habitually married after she tried to look for love and care among different men who are either playboys and who only used her to obtain a part of her fortune;her lavish lifestyle that is characterized by huge amount of spending; and the last days of her life when she depended on drugs and alcohol during a life of despair and seclusion after her only son died in an accident. We get to see how her fortune was reduced to simply to someone being on the brink of bankruptcy at time of her death.

No question that Barbara Hutton had an interesting but tragic life. The mini-series proved interesting from beginning to end despite its 5-hour length. Added to that,Farrah Fawcett provided a great performance that would make the viewer both sympathize and care for the ordeals of Barbara Hutton throughout her life especially when she desperately looked for love but found none.

Despite being shown more than 30 years ago,this remains a great story and a timely reminder that money indeed does not buy love and happiness especially in a materialistic world of life that the world lives during the time of this review.


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