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Barbara Hutton (November 14, 1912May 11, 1979) was an American socialite dubbed by the media as the "Poor Little Rich Girl" because of her troubled life. is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Poor Little Rich Girl

Born in New York City, Barbara Hutton was the only child of Edna Woolworth (1883-1918), who was a daughter of Frank W. Woolworth, the founder of the successful Woolworth department store chain. Barbara's father was Franklyn Laws Hutton (1877-1940), a wealthy co-founder of the respected E. F. Hutton & Company (owned by Franklyn's brother Edward Francis), a New York investment banking and stock brokerage conglomerate. She was a niece by marriage of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post who was for a time (1920-1935) married to E.F. Hutton; thus their daughter, actress-heiress Dina Merrill (born Nedenia Hutton), was a first cousin to Barbara Hutton. Dina Merrill related on A&E's Biography of the Woolworths, that for a time Barbara lived with them following the death of her mother and abandonment by her father. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Franklin Winfield Woolworth (April 13, 1852 – April 8, 1919) was an American merchant. ... Foot Locker Inc NYSE: FL (formerly Z) is a United States company specialising in athletic footwear and clothing. ... This page will be updated soon. ... Majorie Merriwweather Post ca. ... Dina Merrill on Life magazine January 11, 1960 Nedenia Marjorie Hutton (born December 9, 1925) is an American actress known as Dina Merrill. ...

Edna Hutton committed suicide when Barbara was six years old. After her mother's death, she lived with various relatives, and was raised by a governess. She became an introverted child who had limited interaction with other children her own age. Her closest friend and only confidante was her cousin Jimmy Donahue, the son of her mother's sister. For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... A governess is a female employee from outside of the family who teaches children within the family circle. ... Introvert is a rock band from Miami, Florida. ...

In accordance with New York's high society traditions, Barbara Hutton was given a lavish débutante ball on her 18th birthday, where guests from the Astor and Rockefeller families, amongst other elites, were entertained by stars such as Rudy Vallee and Maurice Chevalier. Three years later, on her 21st birthday, Barbara Hutton inherited close to $50 million from her mother's estate. Her inheritance made her one of the wealthiest women in the world. Upper class refers to the group of people at the top of a social hierarchy. ... Poster from the 1958 Sandra Dee film, The Reluctant Debutante A debutante (or deb) (French word for female beginner) is a young lady from an aristocratic or upper class family who has reached the age of maturity, and as a new adult, is introduced to society at a formal presentation... A ball is a formal dance. ... The Astor family, founded by the German immigrant John Jacob Astor and his wife Sarah Todd, became the wealthiest family in the United States during the 19th century. ... The Rockefeller family, founded by John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) (Senior) and his brother William Rockefeller (1841-1922), is an American industrial, banking, and philanthropic family of German American origin that made the worlds largest private fortune in the oil business during the late 19th and early 20th century... Rudy Vallee (July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986) was a popular United States singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. ... French singer Maurice Chevalier with stars of Hellzapoppin at Expo 67, in Montreal, Quebec. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Putting on the Ritz

Portrayed in the press as the "lucky" young woman who had it all, the public had no idea of the psychological problems she lived with that led to a life of victimization and abuse. Barbara Hutton married seven times:

  1. 1933 - Alexis Mdivani, a soi-disant Georgian prince, divorced 1935
  2. 1935 - Count Curt Heinrich Eberhard Erdmann Georg von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Reventlow, divorced 1938
  3. 1942 - Cary Grant, divorced 1945
  4. 1947 - Igor Troubetzkoy, an authentic Russian prince, divorced 1951
  5. 1953 - Porfirio Rubirosa, divorced 1954
  6. 1955 - Baron Gottfried Alexander Maximilian Walter Kurt von Cramm, divorced 1959
  7. 1964 - Prince Pierre Raymond Doan, divorced 1966

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Mdivani and Reventlow

Her first two husbands used her great wealth to their advantage, especially the extremely abusive Curt Haugwitz-Reventlow with whom she had her only child, a son named Lance. Lance Reventlow (February 24, 1936–July 24, 1972) was a wealthy playboy, entrepreneur, and Formula One race car driver. ...

Reventlow dominated her through verbal and physical abuse which escalated to a savage beating that left her hospitalized and him in jail. He also persuaded her to give up her American citizenship, and to take his native Danish citizenship for tax purposes, which she did in December 1937 in a New York federal court. At this point she lapsed into drug abuse. Hutton then developed anorexia, which would plague her for the rest of her life. Spousal abuse refers to a wide spectrum of abuse. ... “Citizen” redirects here. ... Drug abuse has a wide range of definitions related to taking a psychoactive drug or performance enhancing drug for a non-therapeutic or non-medical effect. ... For the symphonic black metal band, see Anorexia Nervosa (band) For other uses, see Anorexia Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes an eating disorder characterized by low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight. ...

Hutton's divorce from Reventlow gave her custody of their son, and like her father had done to her, she left the raising of Lance to a governess and private boarding schools. Child custody and guardianship are legal terms which are sometimes used to describe the legal and practical relationship between a parent and his or her child, such as the right of the parent to make decisions for the child, and the parents duty to care for the child. ... A boarding school is a usually fee-paying school where some or all pupils not only study, but also live during term time, with their fellow students and possibly teachers. ...

Cary Grant

With World War II raging in Europe, Hutton gifted her London mansion Winfield House to the United States government and moved to California. Back home, Hutton became active during the war, giving money to assist the Free French Forces and donating her yacht to the Royal Navy. Using her high profile image to sell War bonds, she received positive publicity after being derided by the press as a result of her marriage scandals. In Hollywood, she met and married Cary Grant, one of the biggest movie stars of the day. Grant did not need her money nor to benefit from her name, and appeared to genuinely care for her. Nevertheless, this marriage failed as well. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Winfield House is a mansion set in 12 acres (49,000 m²) of grounds in Regents Park, London, the largest private garden in central London after that of Buckingham Palace. ... Free French Forces under review during the Battle of Normandy. ... An American War Bonds poster from 1942 War bonds are a type of savings bond used by combatant nations to help fund a war effort. ... ... This article is about the British actor. ...

Igor Troubetzkoy

Hutton left California and moved to Paris, France before acquiring a palace in Tangier. Hutton then began dating Igor Troubetzkoy, another expatriate Russian prince of very limited means but world renown. In the spring of 1948 in Zurich, Switzerland, she married him. That year, he was the driver of the first Ferrari to ever compete in Grand Prix motor racing when he raced in the Monaco Grand Prix and later won the Targa Florio. He ultimately filed for divorce. Hutton's attempted suicide made headlines around the world. Labeled by the press as the "Poor Little Rich Girl," her life nevertheless made great copy and the media exploited her for consumption by a fascinated public. The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... A view of Tangier bay at sunrise as seen from Cape Malabata Tangier - Avenue Mohammed VI Tangier (Tanja طنجة in Berber and Arabic, Tánger in Spanish, Tânger in Portuguese, and Tanger in French) is a city of northern Morocco with a population of 669,680 (2004 census). ... This article needs to be wikified. ... General view showing Grossmünster church. ... Ferrari Enzo. ... Grand Prix motor racing has its roots in organised automobile racing that began in France as far back as 1894. ... The Monaco Grand Prix (Grand Prix de Monaco) is a Formula One race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. ... The Targa Florio was an open road endurance automobile race held near Palermo, Sicily. ... For the record label, see Divorce Records. ... The term exploitation may carry two distinct meanings: The act of utilizing something for any purpose. ...

Porfirio Rubirosa

Her next marriage lasted only 53 days. Porfirio Rubirosa, one of the most notorious of international playboys, married the vulnerable woman while continuing his affair with the actress Zsa Zsa Gabor [citation needed]. Porfirio Rubirosa Ariza, (born 1909 - died July 5, 1965) was a Dominican diplomat, polo player and formula one race car driver, but was best known as an international playboy for his jet setting socialite lifestyle and legendary prowess with women. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Zsa Zsa Gábor (born Sári Gábor on February 6, 1917)) is a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. ...

Hutton then spent time with Americans, James Douglas and Philip Van Rensselaer. However, her lavish spending continued, and although she was already the owner of several mansions around the world, in 1959 she built a luxurious Japanese-style palace on a 30 acre (120,000 m²) estate in Cuernavaca, Mexico. James Douglas can refer to: James Douglas (the Good, the Black) an early-14th century Lord of Douglas and champion of Robert the Bruce James Douglas a mid-19th century governor of Vancouver Island James Buster Douglas, a boxer James Douglas, 4th Duke of Hamilton James Douglas, 4th Earl of... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. ...

Gottfried von Cramm

Her next husband was an old friend, German tennis star Baron Gottfried von Cramm. This marriage also ended in divorce. He died in an automobile crash near Cairo, Egypt in 1976. Baron is a specific title of nobility or a more generic feudal qualification. ... Gottfried von Cramm hitting a volley in 1937. ... Nickname: Egypt: Site of Cairo (top center) Coordinates: , Government  - Governor Dr. Abdul Azim Wazir Area  - City 214 km²  (82. ...

Raymond Doan

In Tangier, she met her seventh husband, Raymond Doan. This marriage, too, was short-lived.

Hutton frequently appeared drunk in public and her spending continued unabated. Over the years, she had acquired a large collection of valuable jewelry, including elaborate historic pieces that had once belonged to Marie Antoinette and Empress Eugénie of France. She began spending time with numerous younger men, total strangers to whom she gave money, diamond bracelets, and other pieces of expensive jewelry. Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France and Archduchess of Austria (born November 1755 – executed 16 October 1793) Daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria, wife of Louis XVI and mother of Louis XVII. She was guillotined at the height of the French Revolution. ... Maria Eugenia Ignacia Augustina Palafox de Guzmán Portocarrero y Kirkpatrick, 9th Countess de Teba, popularly known as Eugénie de Montijo (May 5, 1826 – July 11, 1920) was Empress Consort of France (1853-1871), the wife of Napoléon III. The last Empress of France was born in Granada...

Final years

The 1972 death of her son in an aircraft crash sent Hutton into a state of despair. Her fortune had diminished to the point where she began liquidating assets in order to raise funds to live on. Nonetheless, she continued to spend money on strangers willing to pay a little attention to her. She spent her final years living at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where she died from a heart attack in May of 1979, aged 66. At her death, it is said that $3,000 was all that remained of her fortune. She was interred in the Woolworth family mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York. Liquidation, or winding up, refers to a business whose assets are converted to money in order to pay off debt. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... St. ... Located in The Bronx, Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City. ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ...

Biographical information

Over the years, numerous books have been written about Barbara Hutton, the best known of which are:

  • Poor Little Rich Girl: The Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton by C. David Heymann
  • Million Dollar Baby: An Intimate Portrait of Barbara Hutton by Philip Van Rensselaer

In 1987, a television motion picture titled Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story starred Farrah Fawcett in the role of Barbara Hutton. This is a list of television-related events in 1987. ... Farrah Fawcett (born February 2, 1947) is an American actress. ...

External links

  • Barbara Hutton biography on the official Jane Bowles site
  • Barbara Hutton in the IMDb
  • Barbara Hutton's Photo & Gravesite

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Barbara Hutton, (born November 14, 1912 in New York City, United States – died May 11, 1979 in Los Angeles, California), was a wealthy American socialite dubbed by the media as the "Poor Little Rich Girl" because of her troubled life.
Barbara Hutton was the only child of Edna Woolworth (1883-1918) who was the daughter of Frank W. Woolworth, the founder of the enormously successful Woolworth department store chain.
Born into a highly dysfunctional family, Barbara Hutton's father was a notorious philanderer whose conduct drove her mother to suicide when Barbara was only six years old.
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Barbara Hutton (November 14, 1912 – May 11, 1979) was a wealthy American socialite dubbed by the media as the "Poor Little Rich Girl" because of her troubled life.
Born in New York City, Barbara Hutton was the only child of Edna Woolworth (1883-1918) who was the daughter of Frank W. Woolworth, the founder of the enormously successful Woolworth department store chain.
Barbara's father was Franklyn Laws Hutton (1877-1940), a wealthy co-founder of the respected E. Hutton....
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