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.
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 Steeles 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