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  • Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (September 24, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671739271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671739270
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,010,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By george sand on January 7, 2012
I thought the book was well written. Barbara was so self destructive....chain smoker, pill pusher, alcoholic & for good measure had a severe eating disorder. Sounds like her body just "gave in" at age 66. The sad thing is besides great wealth, Barbara had a lovely baby son that she brought up the way she was, with nannies & boarding schools. Barbara was also very beautiful judging from her early photos. No one could have really stopped her downfall. I think she also enjoyed the headlines & publicity..like being a film star without making movies! I got a depressed feeling at the waste & sadness of her life. Still in her early 30's, she already was showing signs of anorexia nervosa.
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David Niven, one of the men Barbara Hutton dated, described her in his memoir as a "petite snub-nosed blonde, very pretty American girl with the smallest feet I had ever seen...She was gay, a sparkling creature, full of life and laughter." Her closest friends called her a woman of charm, sensitivity, wit, dignity and taste, but her female friends thought that she lacked self-esteem and self-control. This was the image of young Barbara Hutton. As she began to marry and divorce men, life took a toll on her personality. Cary Grant, her third husband recalled that she had interest in poetry, spirituality and dance, and used as an expression that her life didn't provide. Grant cared for Barbara and also her son Lance, which none of her spouses or boyfriends provided. After she was finished with Cary, she stopped finding the right man and started to lead life as it came. She was always on the gossip columns of major newspapers by her extravaganza life styles and care free spending on men of her life. She surrounded herself with a consortium of fawning parasites; European titles, a maharaja or two, sheikhs, and swarm of gays. Cary Grant once said if one phonier Earl had entered the house he would have suffocated. Men were chief stimulus for Barbara Hutton; she bought and sold them, bartered them or replaced them in much the same way a stockbroker operates in the Exchange. She was always in love with several men but real love was her greatest rarities. She divided men into two categories; those she loved and those she took to bed. Her marriages were essentially sexless (sleeping in two separate bedrooms) and her affairs were bereft of love. Her inability to combine the two forces in one man kept her going from one husband to another.Read more ›
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By Poofs on June 9, 2011
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This book proves money can't buy happiness, especially when you don't earn it yourself. It's fascinating to see how the really wealthy lived, especially during that time!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alina Victoria on June 7, 2007
what a wasted life!! she had all the money in the world to do something of importance with her life and she chose to do nothing! she lived in a fantasy world, it was very hard for me to feel sorry for her, all she did was travel and collect husbands!! in the other hand, the book was well writen but is hard for me to know why anyone like this could be famous!! she was indeed a poor little rich girl.
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