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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Barbara Hutton
David Ackroyd ...
Graham Mattison (parts 3-6)
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Pauline de la Rochelle
Amadeus August ...
Count von Haugwitz-Reventlow (parts 2-4)
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Prince Alexis Mdivani (parts 1-3)
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Jimmy Donahue (parts 1-3,5,6)
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Roussie (parts 1-3)
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Marjorie Post Hutton (parts 1-2)
Sascha Hehn ...
Baron Gottfried von Cramm (parts 3-6)
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Franklyn Hutton (parts 1-4)
Tony Peck ...
James Douglas III (part 6)
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Jean Kennerly
Clive Arrindell ...
Prince Troubetzkoy (part 5)
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Lance Reventlow - Adult (parts 5-6)
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Jill St John (parts 5-6)
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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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16 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armes reiches Mädchen - Die Geschichte der Barbara Hutton  »

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Did You Know?

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

Barbara Hutton: You're a helluva bookkeeper, Daddy!
Franklyn Hutton: Barbara. don't swear, it's not ladylike.
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Connections

Referenced in DVD-R Hell: Poochinski (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Had the Craziest Dream
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Barbara and David are dancing at the Paris party
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Absorbing bio-pic
5 May 2001 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

It is fashionable to look down on made-for-TV movies. But this one is one of the best examples of such flicks. Despite its length, I watched it fully, because the title character was an interesting person. Farrah Fawcett does a good job playing Barbara Hutton, the much-married Woolworth heiress. Cary Grant, who was, at one time, wedded to her is portrayed as a nice guy, who divorces her because of her partying. Hutton was also married to a sadistic Danish count who tries to steal her fortune. She even renounced her American citizenship in order to live with him. Another of her husbands was Count von Kramm, the Nazi-trained tennis player who failed to win at Wimbledon and suffered consequences in Germany. Hutton discovered that he was bisexual, so she divorced him. Barbara Hutton was an ardent socialite, so she neglected her only son. The movie has her telling him that she could not live with him in Arizona because she was not that kind of mother. Later, when someone calls him a "son of a bitch", he simply says "Exactly"! Probably, the most memorable dialogue in the film!

The film follows Hutton around the world. It is interesting to see the film's depiction of exotic countries in the middle part of the twentieth century.

(Reviewed by Sundar Narayan)


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