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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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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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Simply mesmerizing.
6 May 2014 | by (Bailey Downs!) – See all my reviews

I went into this film knowing nothing about it. I didn't know who Barbara Hutton was nor what kind of lifestyle she led. I sat through the entire near 4 hour run of this film and every second is worth it.

I will be honest, this movie packs a lot of plot in so I will keep it as short as I can. Barbara Hutton inherited her Grandfather's fortune, who was F. W. Woolworth, but her mother committed suicide when she was young and every person she meets either wants to get control of her money or acts like she can buy off her happiness, which includes the many men she marries.

Now the acting is fantastic. While Farrah Fawcett doesn't look like how Barbara did in real life (I looked up her photo), through the emotion she portrayed of just loosing a son, it was amazing, and that was only in the last third of the film, the rest packed with more situations equally as tragic and Fawcett puts in exactly the right amount of emotion. You get emotionally drawn into the situation and characters because the actors were emotionally drawn into the situation and their characters. And from what I have read about her life, this miniseries is pretty accurate towards what happened. If you also take a look almost none of the actors look like the real people they're portraying but in the end, that doesn't matter, every single one of them puts in the amount of effort required for their role.

Now the one thing I have to complain about is that the version of the film I have is not fully restored as in, it looks like an 80's TV miniseries and of something that is legit, there are numerous shots where the boom mic is seen at the top of the shot. I don't know if they didn't think it was worth another take or if they thought they could get away with it but, either way, its pretty distracting. There is one more thing, the makeup for the actors is almost, for the first half of the movie, non existent in increased age. I mean Barbara's father lived until he was 63 and they cast a man who was nearly at that age for the entirety of the film and they don't even try to hide it. Maybe it was a limitation of the network but again, its still distracting.

Overall this film is a well made dramatic retelling of the life of a woman who, sadly, had a pretty bad life and this movie does everything it can to tell her side of the story and it does so incredibly well. I suggest if you hold even the remotest of interest in this film, see it.

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