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

A drama series by Dennis Turner, based on the biography Poor Little Rich Girl: Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton by C. David Heymann, with its first episode originally broadcast on 16 November 1987.

Running time: 4 hours and 42 minutes


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Overview

Filmed across three continents, Poor Little Rich Girl is a lavish dramatisation of the life of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton. 

Born into one of the wealthiest families in the US, Hutton experiences an incredibly privileged upbringing.  Yet not even a billion-dollar fortune can buy her happiness. 

As the socialite struggles through a serious of disastrous marriages, including a relationship with filmstar Cary Grant, her extravagant lifestyle shocks the Depression-hit American public. 

Despite being befriended by several well-meaning individuals - including kindly Jean Kennerly - Hutton tragically continues down the path towards self-destruction, dying alone and virtually penniless.

Cast

Barbara Hutton ... Farrah Fawcett
Graham Mattison ... David Ackroyd
Pauline de la Rochelle ... Stephane Audran
Count von Haugwitz-Reventlow ... Amadeus August
Prince Alexis Mdivani ... Nicholas Clay
Jimmy Donahue ... Bruce Davison
Roussie ... Carmen du Sautoy
Marjorie Post Hutton ... Anne Francis
Baron Gottfried von Cramm ... Sascha Hehn
Franklyn Hutton ... Kevin McCarthy
James Douglas III ... Tony Peck
Jean Kennerly ... Zoe Wanamaker
Prince Troubetzkoy ... Clive Arrindell
Lance Reventlow (as an adult) ... Linden Ashby
Jill St John ... Debbie Barker
Ticki Tocquet ... Brenda Blethyn
David Herbert ... Nigel Le Vaillant
Elsa Maxwell ... Miriam Margolyes
Dorothy Difrasso ... Carolyn Seymour
F.W. Woolworth ... Burl Ives
Cary Grant ... James Read
Morley Kenneryly ... Michael Shannon
Irene Hutton ... Jana Sheldon
Barbara (as a child) ... Fairuza Balk
Barbara (as a young child) ... Matilda Johansson
Edna Hutton ... Toira Fuller
James P. Donahue ... Blain Fairman
Jessie Donahue ... Patricia Northcott
Nurse ... Susan Macdonald
Aunt Grace ... Liza Ross
Jimmy Donahue (as a child) ... John Lindros
Louise Van Alan ... Nancy Gair
Doris Duke ... Julie Eccles
Phil Plant ... David Gilliam
Jack Pauling ... Peter Scranton
Inspector Clair ... John Golightly
Sally ... Julie Ronnie
Raymond Needham ... Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Clifford Turner ... James Wooley
Jules Glassner ... Vernon Dobtcheff
Sir Patrick Hastings ... Nicholas Le Prevost
Norman Birkett ... Tim Bannerman
Lance Reventlow (as a young child) ... Robert Holman
Lance Reventlow (as a child) ... Jonathan Brandis
Moharoni ... Sneh Gupta
Maurice Doan ... Jeremy Anthony
Raymond Doan ... Neville Jason

Crew

Director: Charles Jarrott
Producer: Nick Gillott
Associate Producer: Tomlinson Dean
Executive Producer: Lester Persky
Cinematography: Alan Hume and John Lindley
Production Designers: Eileen Diss and Bryan Ryman
Costume Designer: Jane Robinson
Original Music: Richard Rodney Bennett

Notes

Zoe plays the friend of another wealthy American lady in an episode of a similarly lavish biopic, Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill (1974).

Merchandise

Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Region 1 DVD

Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Region 2 DVD

Poor Little Rich Girl: Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton by C. David Heymann

Related links

Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story production information and review - Carmen Du Sautoy Official Website

Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story production information - IMDB


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