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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farrah Fawcett ... Barbara Hutton
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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Genres:

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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Did You Know?

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

Jimmy Donahue: I may be a queen, but at least I earned MY title!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(uncredited)
From "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played during the wedding newsreel
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What I got out of this movie of life of the rich and famous
6 February 2008 | by justhangininSee 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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