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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.



(teleplay), (book)
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Hutton
David Ackroyd ...
Graham Mattison
Pauline de la Rochelle
Amadeus August ...
Count von Haugwitz-Reventlow
Prince Alexis Mdivani
Jimmy Donahue
Marjorie Post Hutton
Sascha Hehn ...
Baron Gottfried von Cramm
Franklyn Hutton
Tony Peck ...
James Douglas III
Jean Kennerly
Clive Arrindell ...
Prince Troubetzkoy
Lance Reventlow - adult
Debbie Barker ...
Jill St John


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






Release Date:

16 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armes reiches Mädchen - Die Geschichte der Barbara Hutton  »

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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


I've Danced with a Man
Music by Harold Glenn Scott
Lyrics by Herbert Farjeon
Sung by Farrah Fawcett when running into the room
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A fascinating must watch and terrific cast too
3 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best biographical miniseries ever made. The fascinating life of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton is told to perfection here. Very entertaining and well cast and acted. Really enjoyable from her sad childhood through the many marriages to her death. The screenplay is very good. It's told chronologically - no needless jumping around in time. It shows both the triumph and tragedy of her life but doesn't dwell too much on the sordid or unpleasant like some of the new biopics. It's much better than the Doris Duke TV movie with Lauren Bacall and Richard Chamberlain - that one was depressing. The locations are beautiful from South of France and Venice to Morocco. Farrah Fawcett did a superb job. She is beautiful here and shows a lot of range. The supporting cast are all very well cast - especially those who played her many husbands. Some of the outstanding supporting cast drawn from European and US actors include Carmen du Sautoy as her sister in law, James Reed as Cary Grant, Nicholas Clay as her first husband the list goes on. The actor who played Court Raventlow is good too. Bruce Davison as cousin Jimmy is a scene stealer. The score is very suited too. They don't make miniseries like this anymore.

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