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Cousin Bette 

A poor and homely spinster, who feels she's been walked on all her life, teams up with a scheming courtesan to wreak elaborate revenge on her rich and handsome relatives.
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1972  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
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 Cousin Bette 5 episodes, 1971
Thorley Walters ...
 Baron Hector Hulot 5 episodes, 1971
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Ursula Howells ...
John Bryans ...
Harriet Harper ...
 Hortense 5 episodes, 1971
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 Count Wenceslas Steinbock 5 episodes, 1971
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 Henri Montes 5 episodes, 1971
Davyd Harries ...
 Victorin 5 episodes, 1971
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 General Hulot / ... 4 episodes, 1971
Oscar Quitak ...
 Marneffe 4 episodes, 1971
Robert Speaight ...
 Johann Fischer 4 episodes, 1971
Ericka Crowne ...
 Celestine 4 episodes, 1971
Sally James ...
Margaret Boyd ...
 Mariette 3 episodes, 1971
Michael Mulcaster ...
 Leon - Footman 3 episodes, 1971
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A poor and homely spinster, who feels she's been walked on all her life, teams up with a scheming courtesan to wreak elaborate revenge on her rich and handsome relatives.

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Classic Masterpiece Theatre!!
31 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

I was so impressed with 1971's Cousin Bette that I based my senior term paper on its author, Honore de Balzac. (You should have seen my teachers' face when I told her who I was doing the paper on!!) Why this PBS treasure isn't on VHS/DVD after 31 years is a mystery to me!!

If you ever get a chance to see this 1971 mini-series, please do:

A classic never goes out of style!!


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