Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story

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Written by Dennis Turner (Teleplay)
C. David Heymann (Book)
Directed by Charles Jarrott
Starring Farrah Fawcett
Theme music composer Richard Rodney Bennett
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Nick Gillott
Lester Persky
Editor(s) Bill Blunden
Cinematography Alan Hume
John Lindley
Running time 240 minutes
Original network NBC
Original release November 16, 1987

Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story is a 1987 television biographical drama starring Farrah Fawcett. The film chronicles the life of Barbara Hutton, an extremely wealthy but troubled American socialite. Released as both a television movie and a mini series, the film won a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film. Fawcett earned her fifth Golden Globe Award nomination, for Best Actress in a Miniseries of Television Film.[1]


The film begins in 1917 with the opening of the 1000th Woolworth's store, known as the Woolworth Tower. Barbara is seen with her family as her grandfather, Frank Woolworth, delivers a speech. After the commemoration, Frank expresses his disappointment to his daughter Edna that her husband Franklin was not present to celebrate the opening of the new store. Edna acknowledges that her husband is a philanderer, drunk, and gambler but replies that he still happens to be Barbara's father. Later that night in their apartment at the Plaza hotel, Edna leaves Barbara a note under her pillow, then walks back to her room and drinks poison. Barbara wakes up to find her mother dead.

At Christmas, Franklin tries to comfort his daughter by giving her a present, before walking downstairs to have dinner with his in-laws. Barbara sneaks downstairs and overhears a loud argument between her grandfather and father; her father admits that he never wanted to have a child. Grandpa Woolworth decides to take matters into his own hands and brings Barbara to live in his Long Island estate, Winfield Hall. Barbara enjoys the time she spends with her grandfather, playing his organ, but her happiness is short lived, as he dies in 1919.

Several years later in 1924, Barbara is living with her aunt Grace in Burlington, California. Her father quickly drops by before leaving for San Francisco. Grace decides to invite some children to play with Barbara, however the kids are fascinated by Barbara's expensive toys and ask if they can each take one toy home. This leaves Barbara sobbing, thinking that all people want from her is her money. Her governess Tiki hears the crying and immediately comes to comfort her.

Not long after, Franklin returns to see Barbara, bringing a surprise with him: his new wife Irene. Franklin has some sad news, and tells Barbara that her grandmother just died. Barbara becomes an heiress, and her stockbroker father will now manage her $28 million trust. In 1926, Franklin and Irene buy a duplex on Fifth Avenue, and buy one for Barbara as well. Even though she lives next door, he sees very little of his daughter, due to his partying lifestyle.

After enduring a disturbed childhood, the globe-trotting Hutton hasn't formed any lasting friendships, but enjoys the company of her kindly attendant, Tiki, and hard-drinking cousin, Jimmy.[2] Taking refuge in drink, drugs, and playboys, she ended her days almost bankrupt, owing to her naivete and compulsive generosity, her state worsened further by the death of her only son in an air crash.[3][better source needed]





  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093760/awards
  2. ^ Kathleen C. Fennessy. "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (2008): Editorial Reviews". Amazon. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Barbara Hutton". Wikipedia. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 

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