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Poor Little Rich Girl: The Life and Legend of Barbara Hutton Hardcover – Illustrated, Sep 1984

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  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Press; illustrated edition edition (Sept. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818403667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818403668
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 14.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,717,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By loobyloo on 1 Nov. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. A glimpse into how the other half live...and not always happily. A very interesting and sad read.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Money doesn't make you happy! 21 Mar. 2008
By jude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Such compassion from my fellow reviewers..not! This woman found her mother's dead body at the age of six after her mother committed suicide. She was then abandoned by her father. Exploited, belittled, controlled, ridiculed by several of her husbands. One mocked her weight so much she became anorexic. One left her after almost dying giving birth to his child leaving her unable to have any more. The majority were penniless, aristocrats who saw a vulnerable woman and MONEY. Money is the only thing she had. She had a loveless bleak existence which she tried to fill by spending money. Isn't that what drug addicts, drinkers, food addicts do?
I have read various accounts that this woman should have been happy because she was had money. Superficial, shallow vacuous views of of an unhappy, rejected woman who then lost her only child and descended into a downward spiral.
I fear for humanity when selfish people with no humility truly believe that money makes you happy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Barbara Hutton wasn't just rich... 3 Sept. 2012
By irarutland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm about halfway through the book, but I was surprised to find out that there is a lot TO this famous woman besides her indulgences in the privileges (and travails) that go with having tons of money. She was bright, imaginative and an astute observer. A big part of the book is based on journals that she kept throughout her life, and her accounts are detailed, well-written, and hugely interesting - they provide a great commentary on the culture and the times that she lived in. And she is much more forthright about the details of her intimate relationships than I ever would have expected. She was certainly no prude! The book also includes nice photos of some of the significant people in her life - some of them. As you know, there were so many!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
You're gonna need a scorecard. 27 Oct. 2014
By Dee Long - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Heymann left no stone unturned in this very detailed autobiography of the puzzling creature the world came to know as the "poor little rich girl" - Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton. Our favorite portion of the book occurs when a dinner companion candidly asks the socialite how it feels to be the world's richest woman - her answer is forthright and simply wonderful. Heymann's attention to details, names and places may have your head spinning at times...this is the kind of book that demands your full attention and is best devoured in small bites. You're gonna need a scorecard to pay attention to Hutton's husbands, lovers and ways to spend money!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HOLD ON FOR A BUMPY PERSONAL LIFE 3 July 2013
By amazon addict - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
To be happy with lots of notoriety and money is perhaps not a good thing, at least for Barbara Hutton. With a mother who died at a young age and distant father, C. David Heymann's biography of Barbara Hutton sustains the old adage that money can not buy happiness, in the long run. In the short run, however, Ms. Hutton certainly over-expended her bank accounts and generously donated and gifted many people, many inappropriately.

This is a good read.
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Babs is 1 of a Kind!!!! 26 July 2002
By memoir lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Knowing next to nothing about Babs, I found this book educational, but a little difficult to follow. The author dropped (what seemed like) about 10 names per page, most of which nobody who was born post-1960, like myself, would recognize. It was very hard to remember who was who. I thought I was doing a pretty good job keeping up with Babs' husbands...remembering which was which...but after a while it got confusing (obviously more the subject's fault than the author's). I think I got a pretty good idea of what Ms. Hutton was about, and have a hard time sympathizing with her...poor little rich girl indeed! She popped into a Woolworth's ONCE in her life, just to sign a few autographs. Her cheesy poetry netted her less than $200, the only money she truly earned of her own effort. Someone else handled all her financial matters (luckily for her, usually quite well), because she couldn't be bothered...spending money takes time, you know). She dropped husbands as soon as they no longer entertained her. Yes, she had exquisite taste in clothing and jewelry, and traveled incessantly to places I can only dream of ever seeing..but had no grasp on reality- she once sent one of her employees to the bank to change a bill because she had no change..it was a $10,000 bill ( I didn't even know those existed!). I enjoyed this book because it took me somewhere I could never go myself. It's hard to feel sorry for her though...she dug her own grave!!!
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