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Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (2008)

Farrah Fawcett , Linden Ashby , Charles Jarrott  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Farrah Fawcett, Linden Ashby, Stephane Audran, Fairuza Balk, Nicholas Clay
  • Directors: Charles Jarrott
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016OKQQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,181 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Poor Little Rich Girl vividly illustrates the maxim that money can't buy happiness. Seconds into this NBC miniseries, Barbara Hutton loses her mother to suicide, her financier father, Franklyn (Kevin McCarthy), pawns her off on her grandfather, five-and-dime king F.W. Woolworth (Burl Ives), who dies shortly afterwards, and then she goes to live with relatives in California. When her great-grandmother expires, Hutton (now played by Fairuza Balk) becomes a multi-millionaire and moves back to New York with her father. By adulthood, the globe-trotting Hutton (Farrah Fawcett) hasn't formed any lasting friendships, but enjoys the company of her kindly attendant, Tiki (Brenda Blethyn), and hard-drinking cousin, Jimmy (Bruce Davison), but with her good looks, vast fortune, and penchant for parties, men swarm like flies, leading to eight unhappy marriages, a neglected son, and a lost fortune.

Directed by the unpredictable Charles Jarrott (Anne of a Thousand Days, Lost Horizon) Poor Little Rich Girl boasts an impressive international cast, including Stéphane Audran and Zoë Wanamaker as family associates, but it's heavier on the suds than the psychology. That said, if Fawcett's appearance in a period production seems odd, she captures the pain behind the glittering façade, while McCarthy (The Invasion of the Body Snatchers) also impresses as her coldly protective father. Since Jarrott's protagonist lived through major historical events like the Great Depression and World War II, he uses a combination of recreated and newsreel footage to depict the changing times. As for Hutton's husbands, they include princes and counts, but only the fame of Cary Grant (Remington Steele’s James Read) surpasses her own--he's also, apparently, the only one to marry her for love. This two-disc set offers an additional hour (the US broadcast topped out at four). Glamorous outfits and jewels by Harry Winston complete this lavish ode to loneliness. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Farrah Fawcett (The Apostle, Charlie's Angels) stars in the true-life saga of one of America's wealthiest women.

Gorgeous, lonely, and rich, Barbara Hutton was the original million dollar baby. Having inherited the vast Woolworth fortune when she was only a child, Hutton was raised in great affluence, and even greater unhappiness. Craving affection, she burned through the money in high style, and found herself poor and alone after seven failed marriages. As one of the most famous women in the world, her divorces took place in the public eye, each adding to her isolation and misery.

Winner of three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL is a sweeping historical epic that follows the heiress around the world, from New York to London to Tangiers, in her desperate and tragic search for lasting love.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best... October 8, 2008
This is one of the best movies (TV or otherwise) ever made. It came out in the '80s, when made for television movies rivaled feature films, in terms of quality, especially the miniseries. As the title indicates, this is the story of Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth heiress. The story follows Hutton from her childhood to her death at the age of 65. Along the way she marries several times and loses a lot of money and the love of a son, all in a quest to find real love. Farrah Fawcett is INCREDIBLE as Hutton, portraying the socialite for the majority of the movie. I personally think this and "The Burning Bed" are her two best movies ever, and they really allowed her to show her range as a really, really good and often underappreciated actress. If this had been a feature film, should would have certainly won an Oscar for it. Not to mention an international who's who of a supporting cast. For a four-hour movie, the plot moves along at a good pace and the story feels complete, with no aspect of the story seeming rushed or unfinished. It really feels like everyone involved worked really hard to make a really good movie.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding in every way, a must for Farrah fans! February 21, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Thanks to A & E for AT LAST bringing this lavish mini-series in it's full version.

The story of Barbara Hutton is brought to life in this Lester Persky produced story of glamour, glitz, wealth and true heartbreak.

Millions were spent on this production, and it shows. Fantastic locations, an excellent international cast support Farrah Fawcett in the role of a lifetime.

If anyone ever wondered if Farrah could act, this project proved that she is FANTASTIC. The story covers 60 years , and Farrah brings life to the adult Barbara Hutton , in perfection.

As you move through the story, you care about and like Hutton, though she made horrid decisions which in the end destroyed her.

Those who enjoy costume design will find nirvana in this production- perfect copies of designer goods for the period.

The show stopper here may well be the jewelry, primarily provided by Harry Winston. Most was real,and some were copies but all were breathtaking.

( After the show ran, Farrah sold copies of the Winston items on HSN, which are truly collectable and worth a fortune now).

I urge you to try this 2 DVD set - it a great story,and well produced in every way. Some of the scenes are violent, which may be a concern to some. Rest assured, they exist in the plot to move the story along and are done with care.

The (sadly) few extras consist of the ad's promoting each two hour block of the story.

Odd box art is very stark, and does NOT suggest the lush production inside!

And I forgot to mention the music-- perfection again!

I will not spoil it for you, but the last shot, with a voice over is chilling.

You will love this!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story March 26, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video is the abridged version of the original mini-series that aired on NBC in the late 80's. The video is based on the life of Barbara Hutton, the heiress to the F.W. Woolworth fortune. At 18 she inherited over 50 million dollars from her mother's and grandfathers estate. Barbara's mother committed suicide when Barbara was very young, leaving her in the care of a father who never loved or wanted her. Barbara used her wealth to try and buy the love she never received. She married 7 times, spent lavishly on herself, her many husbands, so-called friends, and her only son. She died nearly broke in 1979. The original mini-series was over 4 hours long. A second showing was aired on Lifetime Cable TV in the mid-90's. That version has additional scenes that the original mini-series did not show. This video is the 90 minute version and unfortunately does not cover the complete life of the heiress. It is full of gaps that makes it hard to follow. If NBC or Lifetime Television were smart, they would re-issue the entire series on VHS and DVD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Done!! January 4, 2005
By viewer
Format:VHS Tape
This is the true story of reknowned heiress Barbara Hutton who was filthy rich but miserable especially in love.It's a must see!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F. W. Woolworth's grand-daughter's search for happiness September 27, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is an awesome tail of the granddaughter of F.W. Woolworth, Barbara Hutton who, after her mother dies, inherits one of the largest fortunes ever amassed making her one of the richest women in the world. As the story unfolds the viewer understands that this �poor little rich girl� feels perfectly alone and attempts to buy her way out of isolation as well as drink and drug herself to numb the pain of having everything she never wanted and nothing she ever needed. In the course of her search for emotional fulfillment she marries husband after husband including two different princes who abuse her and a marriage to the famed actor Cary Grant, Barbara Hutton is embezzled from and taken advantage of in every conceivable way. This movie is awesomely shot and directed. Farah Fawcett is tremendous in her portrayal and the score is beautiful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The words in the Title (above) are words from the song, "Ain't We Got Fun." If you listen for it, you'll hear it in the backround throughout this epic of American "Royalty."

Even her fabulous wealth didn't quell Barbara Hutton's feelings of insecurity and self-image. All she thought she was was a source of financial aid to everyone else around her. Beyond the magnificent Cartier emeralds, pearls from Tiffany & Co. and Harry Winston's diamonds, the homes she had all around the world and the lifestyle only a few could keep up with, she was never sure if she was truely happy or just mesmorized by all the sparkle.

The attention to period details has had me impressed since the first time viewed. Every detail was perfect. The wealthy people's "attitude" was particulary detailed. They had much too much time on their hands!

You don't watch this film, you live it. It envelopes you within it's silken threads and holds you tight until it wants to let you go. In my case, it never let go.

"In the meantime, in-Between time, Ain't We Got Fun..."
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of life! Money doesn't buy happiness if you don't know...
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Published 7 months ago by UniversityDoc
4.0 out of 5 stars wow! What a wasted life
It was interesting to learn about Barbara Hutton and how she wasted her fortune.To see the life of the really rich and how lonely it can be. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gail Janusz
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This is really an interesting story. Saw it when it premiered and cannot believe Farrah Fawcett
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Published 14 months ago by Christianna Coomes
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