Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story

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, a wealthy but troubled American socialite. Released as both a television movie and a miniseries, 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] Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story was based on C. David Heymann's Poor Little Rich Girl: The Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton.[2]

Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story
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Based onPoor Little Rich Girl: The Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton
by C. David Heymann
Written byDennis Turner (Teleplay)
Directed byCharles Jarrott
Starring
Theme music composerRichard Rodney Bennett
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producerLester Persky
ProducersNick Gillott
Tomlinson Dean
CinematographyAlan Hume
John Lindley
EditorBill Blunden
Running time240 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNBCUniversal
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseNovember 16, 1987 (1987-11-16)

PlotEdit

The true story of one of the richest women in America, heiress to the Woolworth fortune, who had vast wealth and seven husbands.

CastEdit

In the miniseries title sequence, the cast is credited in the following order:[3]

CrewEdit

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Film critic and journalist John J. O'Connor of The New York Times wrote in his review: "This television portrait gives us a Barbara Hutton who is shy and decidedly uncertain of herself. For the most part, she is the victim of scavengers. [...] Actually, according to Mr. Heymann's book, Miss Hutton was more forward and adventurous than is indicated here by the script constraints put on Ms. Fawcett. She may have been shy but she wasted no time in pouncing on any object or person that caught her fancy."[4] Television critic and journalist Jeff Jarvis wrote in his review: "What the stock market did to itself on Bloody Monday, Farrah Fawcett does to herself here. Her value as an actress soared after The Burning Bed and Extremities. Now comes the crash in Poor Little Rich Girl, a two-night miniseries of miseries about Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton. [...] Fawcett should have more faith in her talent. If she keeps making herself look awful when she acts, she’s going to be left with only one part to play: Godzilla."[5]

AwardsEdit

ReleaseEdit

Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story aired on NBC on November 16, 1987.[4] The film was released on DVD on December 16, 2008, by A+E Networks Home Entertainment.[10]

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story". 16 November 1987 – via IMDb.
  2. ^ Heymann, C. David (1983). Poor Little Rich Girl: The Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton. New York City: Random House. ISBN 978-0394509426.
  3. ^ Wagner 2011, p. 154.
  4. ^ a b O'Connor, John J. (November 16, 1987). "TV Review; 'Poor Little Rich Girl,' on Hutton". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Jarvis, Jeff (November 16, 1987). "Picks and Pans Review: Poor Little Rich Girl: the Barbara Hutton Story". People. United States: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Nominees Announced For 1988 Golden Globes". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Associated Press. January 6, 1988. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Outstanding Achievement in Costuming for a Miniseries or a Special - 1988". Primetime Emmy Award. United States: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. August 27, 1988. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special - 1988". Primetime Emmy Award. United States: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. August 27, 1988. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  9. ^ "Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special - 1988". Primetime Emmy Award. United States: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. August 27, 1988. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story. A+E Networks Home Entertainment (DVD). New York City: A&E Networks. December 16, 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2019.

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