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Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  16 November 1987 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Barbara Hutton
David Ackroyd ...
Graham Mattison
Pauline de la Rochelle
Amadeus August ...
Count von Haugwitz-Reventlow
Nicholas Clay ...
Prince Alexis Mdivani
Jimmy Donahue
Carmen Du Sautoy ...
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 <>

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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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1.33 : 1
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Embraceable You
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What I got out of this movie of life of the rich and famous
6 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I love this picture, The portrayal of the late great Barbara Hutton was exceptionally done by Farrah Fawcett, and the rest of the cast was also very professional and great. The amount of hardship and loneliness one has to face when they have all the money in the world and all the people in her life that was suppose to make it easier for her only made it that much more sad. I felt sad for this rich woman as she grows into one of the country's wealthiest woman and only to find she is alone in life, and in love. With a few rare exceptions of real happiness and love, she is more to be pitied than envied. She is rich only in monetary value, not in life, Barbara Hutton is defiantly the poorest little rich girl I've ever read about her seen. I felt for her throughout the entire movie and even cried at the end when she dies a lonely, broken, broke woman. I can only say that it was then and there that I learned that money does not buy happiness or friends. I wonder if this particular television movie will soon be released on DVD as I cannot locate it anywhere.

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