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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.

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writers:

Dennis Turner (teleplay), C. David Heymann (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farrah Fawcett ... Barbara Hutton
David Ackroyd David Ackroyd ... Graham Mattison (parts 3-6)
Stéphane Audran ... Pauline de la Rochelle
Amadeus August ... Count von Haugwitz-Reventlow (parts 2-4)
Nicholas Clay ... Prince Alexis Mdivani (parts 1-3)
Bruce Davison ... Jimmy Donahue (parts 1-3,5,6)
Carmen Du Sautoy ... Roussie (parts 1-3)
Anne Francis ... Marjorie Post Hutton (parts 1-2)
Sascha Hehn ... Baron Gottfried von Cramm (parts 3-6)
Kevin McCarthy ... Franklyn Hutton (parts 1-4)
Tony Peck ... James Douglas III (part 6)
Zoë Wanamaker ... Jean Kennerly
Clive Arrindell Clive Arrindell ... Prince Troubetzkoy (part 5)
Linden Ashby ... Lance Reventlow - Adult (parts 5-6)
Debbie Barker ... Jill St John (parts 5-6)
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Storyline

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

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armes reiches Mädchen - Die Geschichte der Barbara Hutton See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Barbara first meets nanny Tikki, the building is Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey. See more »

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

That Certain Feeling
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Played at the party while Barbara and Jimmy dance
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A fascinating must watch and terrific cast too
3 October 2011 | by phd_travelSee 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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