Barbara Hutton

Born Nov 14, 1912

Barbara Woolworth Hutton was an American socialite dubbed by the media as the "Poor Little Rich Girl" because of her troubled life. In a symbolic $1.00 transaction following World War II, she donated Winfield House to the United States government, to be used as the residence of the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom.… Read More

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1912 Birth Born on November 14, 1912.


1924 11 Years Old In 1924, Barbara Hutton's grandmother Jennie (Creighton) Woolworth died, leaving $26.1 million to Barbara in a trust fund. … Read More
1930 17 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was dubbed the "Poor Little Rich Girl", first when she was given a lavish and expensive debutante ball in 1930, amid the Great Depression, and later due to a notoriously troubled private life. … Read More


1933 20 Years Old By the time of her 21st birthday in 1933, her father had increased the amount to about $42 million (Over $1 billion in), not including the additional $28 million from her mother's estate, making her one of the wealthiest women in the world.
1937 24 Years Old 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. … Read More
1938 25 Years Old In 1938, Hutton had a brief affair with Howard Robard Hughes in London at the Savoy Hotel, where Hughes spent several afternoons in Hutton's round satin bed. … Read More
1939 26 Years Old As World War II threatened in 1939, Hutton moved to California. … Read More


1948 35 Years Old In the spring of 1948 in Zurich, Switzerland, she married him. … Read More
1951 38 Years Old Hutton lived with Frederick McEvoy, purchasing a chalet at a ski resort in Franconia, New Hampshire, after her marriage to actor Cary Grant. The couple never married and remained friends until McEvoy's death in 1951. … Read More


1959 46 Years Old Hutton then spent time with Americans James Douglas and Philip Van Rensselaer. Her lavish spending continued; 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. … Read More


1972 59 Years Old The death of her only son Lance Reventlow in an air crash in 1972 sent Hutton into a state of despair. … Read More


1979 67 Years Old She spent her final years in Los Angeles, living at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where she died from a heart attack in May 1979, aged 66. … Read More
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