Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  24 October 1982 (USA)
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The story deals with Gloria Vanderbilt's difficult coming-of-age when, at eleven, she was a pawn in a custody battle between her sybaritic mother and her aunt.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
Reggie Vanderbilt
Nurse Emma Kieslich
Nathan Burkan
Justice John Francis Carew
Laura Fitzpatrick Morgan
Maury Paul
Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt (as Betty Davis)
Little Gloria
Leueen Willoughby ...
Consuelo Morgan
Judge James Aloycious Foley (as Kenneth Pogue)


The story deals with Gloria Vanderbilt's difficult coming-of-age when, at eleven, she was a pawn in a custody battle between her sybaritic mother and her aunt.

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Money, glamour, scandal . . . The story of Little Gloria Vanderbilt. [Video] [Australia]







Release Date:

24 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Glória Feita de Ódio  »

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Did You Know?


In reality, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt and her sister Thelma were identical twins. Lucy Gutteridge, who plays Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt in this TV movie, later played Thelma in The Woman He Loved (1988). See more »


In the opening credits, at the end of the cast, there is the proud display "and Betty Davis." Academy members apparently got her name right when they nominated for for an Emmy. See more »


Referenced in Cheers: Little Carla, Happy at Last: Part 2 (1987) See more »

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Beautiful made adaptation of Barbara Goldsmith's best-seller book, about the sensational custody battle of 10 year old Gloria Vanderbilt, that took place in 1934. Great cast, with Angela Lansbury and Bette Davis taking the acting honors. Detailed and very real, with a nice period flavor. This is a true but ultimately sad story. One of the best TV mini-series ever made.

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