Barbara Hutton
Philanthropist, Heiress
Barbara Hutton
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.
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Strung Together
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Rafael Nadal was working his way into a point about tennis rivalries. It was near the end of the third day of the Wimbledon Championships in late June, and Nadal, an hour or so earlier, efficiently dispensed with his second-round opponent, the hard-hitting but chronically inconsistent American Ryan Sweeting, in straight sets. Now, freshly showered,
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The Sublime Cats of Cartier - Wall Street Journal
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The trend swept through Paris, landing in New York, where Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton asked Cartier to create a tiger of her own. Today, the panther is still one of the house's most significant figurative motifs. (In 2005, Cartier introduced a
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Barbara Hutton - Diario Vasco
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Me cité nostálgicamente con el recuerdo de Barbara Hutton, la pobre niña rica, la multimillonaria de gastos extravagantes y fiestas míticas, en el silencio triste y solitario de su casa en Tánger, el Palacio de Sidi Hosni, un blanco y luminoso edificio
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Real Estate Transfers 8/21/11 - Knoxville News Sentinel
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Ruth Gutierrez and Ruben Guitierrez to Barbara Hutton and Derek Hutton, in Fort West subdivision, $321000. Jeffrey Foust, Sherrie Lynn Hobby Foust and Sherri Hobby to Miguel Batista and Melissa Batista, on Hill Road, $306000
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Balurile de legendă inspiră Casa de bijuterii Van Cleef and Arpels - Cotidianul
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El ia primit ca un rege pe Orson Wells, Aga Khan, Paul Morand, Alexis de Rédé, Barbara Hutton, Leonor Fini, colecţionarul multimilionar Arturo Lopez, care a cheltuit pentru costumul său de împărat al Chinei 30 de milioane. Cecil Beaton, Robert Doisneau
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Cartier Tiaras: The Ultimate Royal Accessory - JustLuxe.com
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The platinum makes the royal headwear light and wearable, with a shine and sparkle meant to last through the ages, and have been donned by European queens as well as VIPs like Barbara Hutton, an heiress whose Art Deco designed tiara doubles as a
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El aristócrata alemán que jugó 'el mejor partido de la historia' del tenis - CNN México.com
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En 1953, von Cramm se casó por segunda vez con la heredera de Woolworth, Barbara Hutton, la mujer más rica del mundo. La pareja se divorció en 1959, y él falleció en un accidente de tráfico en El Cairo en 1976, a los 67 años, después de haber sido
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New chapter begins - Latrobe Valley Express
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The group was disbanded in the 1970s, however when a meeting was held in Latrobe Valley for the Melbourne group recently, Barbara Hutton remembered how much she had missed it. "I had been involved with it in the past and I knew after that meeting that
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Debt: Two Views: With Good Intentions, We've Spent Too Much - Southern Pines Pilot
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America is like “poor little rich girl” Barbara Hutton, spending herself into poverty and not realizing until her end just how poor she had become. Americans want no one to go hungry, so we create food stamps rather than creating a job
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COLLECTING; Supporting Acts Making a Move To Center Stage
NYTimes - over 5 years
MILLION-DOLLAR Duesenbergs and vintage Italian racecars crossing the auction block will hardly be surprising sights at the sales scheduled to take place in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d'Élégance on the Monterey Peninsula of California next month. But a Fiat Tipo 682 in attendance -- a commercial truck, not even a shapely sports car
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Ina Ray Hutton: the forgotten female star of 1930s jazz - The Guardian
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She was 18 when the jazz impresario Irving Mills put together the all-woman band that became the Melodears and made her the leader, changing her name to Hutton to take advantage of the notorious reputation of the Woolworths heiress Barbara Hutton
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Cristina Morató devela secretos de grandes mujeres en libro - Informador.com.mx
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La periodista y fotógrafa española Cristina Morató (Barcelona, 1961) revela secretos de María Callas, Coco Chanel, Eva Perón, Wallis Simpson, Barbara Hutton, Audrey Hepburn y Jackie Kennedy, a través de su reciente libro 'Divas rebeldes',
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Cheers & Jeers: Do overs and makeovers - Patriot-News
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Enlarge SEAN SIMMERS, The PATRIOT-NEWS Designer Paul DiMeo gives a hug to Barbara Hutton of Lewisberry as crews from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" work at remodeling the Newberry Township home of the Keefer family. The home was chosen for a makeover
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'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' moves small city into Newberry Township to ... - Patriot-News
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Enlarge SEAN SIMMERS, The PATRIOT-NEWS Designer Paul DiMeo gives a hug to Barbara Hutton of Lewisberry as crews from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" work at remodeling the Newberry Township home of the Keefer family. The home was chosen for a makeover
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Heiress Files for Bankruptcy - Buzz Log
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Barbara Hutton, heiress to the Woolworth fortune, married many men, including actor Cary Grant. Thanks to a life of bad investments, extreme generosity, and terrible financial advice, Hutton lost nearly all of her fortune. She died in 1979 at the age
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Motorsport: Front-engined beauty makes Classic return - New Zealand Herald
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The front-engined Scarab was the first American Formula One car, built by wealthy enthusiast Lance Reventlow, the son of Woolworths heiress Barbara Hutton and stepson of actor Cary Grant. After success with sports cars, Reventlow decided to tackle
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara Hutton
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1979
    Age 66
    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.
    More Details Hide Details One biographer wrote that, at her death, $3,500 was all that remained of her fortune, but some who actually knew her said that was not the case. She was interred in the Woolworth family mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York. Several books have been written about Barbara Hutton, the best known of which are: A bibliography: In 1987, a television motion picture titled Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story starred Farrah Fawcett in the role of Barbara Hutton.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1972
    Age 59
    The death of her only son Lance Reventlow in an air crash in 1972 sent Hutton into a state of despair.
    More Details Hide Details By this time, her fortune had diminished, due to her extreme generosity, including donating Winfield House to the United States government as a residence for its UK ambassador. Alleged questionable deals by her long-time lawyer, Graham Mattison, also ate away at her fortune. Eventually she began liquidating assets in order to raise funds to live, yet continued to spend money on strangers willing to pay a little attention to her.
  • FORTIES
  • 1959
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. In Tangier, Hutton met her seventh husband, Prince Pierre Raymond Doan Vinh na Champassak. This marriage, too, was short-lived. Raymond Doan was an adopted member of the former royal family of the Kingdom of Champasak.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1951
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hutton frequently appeared intoxicated in public and was notorious throughout her life for lavish spending. As she aged, the men she spent time with did not. She was known to make gifts to total strangers. Over the years, apart from an important inheritance which included Old Master paintings and important sculptures, she also personally acquired a magnificent collection of her own which included the spectrum of arts, porcelain, valuable jewelry, including elaborate historic pieces that had once belonged to Marie Antoinette and Empress Eugénie of France, and important pieces by Fabergé and Cartier. Among her pieces of jewelry was the Pasha Diamond, which she purchased as an unusual octagonal brilliant-cut but had recut into a round brilliant, bringing it down to.
  • 1948
    Age 35
    In the spring of 1948 in Zurich, Switzerland, she married him.
    More Details Hide Details 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 subsequent attempted suicide made headlines around the world. Labeled by the press as the "Poor Little Rich Girl", her life made great copy and the media exploited her for consumption by a fascinated public. Her next marriage, lasting 53 days (December 30, 1953 – February 20, 1954), was to Dominican diplomat Porfirio Rubirosa, a notorious international playboy who meanwhile continued his affair with actress Zsa Zsa Gabor. In a scathing review of the marriage ceremony in the Milwaukee Sentinel, Phyllis Battelle coined the oft-quoted phrase: "The bride, for her fifth wedding, wore black and carried a scotch-and-soda."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1939
    Age 26
    As World War II threatened in 1939, Hutton moved to California.
    More Details Hide Details She was 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. The married couple was dubbed "Cash and Cary". Grant did not need her money nor did he need to benefit from her name, and he appeared to genuinely care for Hutton. Nevertheless, this marriage also failed. Grant did not seek or receive any money from Hutton in their divorce settlement. Hutton left California and moved to Paris, France, before acquiring a palace in Tangier. Hutton then began dating Igor Troubetzkoy, an expatriate Russian prince of very limited means but world renown.
  • 1938
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes, at the time, was engaged to Katharine Hepburn and had come to London to meet with government officials and arrange permission to overfly Europe as part of a plan to circumnavigate the globe by air. Hutton later recalled that "he saw I had difficulty reaching orgasm and tried desperately to make me do so the first time... thereafter pleasing himself and saying that I would not have one anyway. If I touched myself, he angrily brushed my hand away. He could not take it when a woman lost herself in pleasure because he felt he must absolutely be in control of a situation." Hughes had met Hepburn on the set of one of Cary Grant's movies, while visiting with Grant. Howard Hughes and Cary Grant were close, long-time friends.
  • 1937
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At this point she lapsed into drug abuse. Hutton then developed anorexia, which would plague her for the rest of her life and would leave her unable to have further children. Lance Reventlow, the son, became a race car driver and builder of his own well respected sports car, the Scarab, in the golden age of American sports car racing. Hutton's divorce from Reventlow gave her custody of their son after a bitter court dispute. As her father had done, she left the raising of her child to a governess and private boarding schools.
  • 1933
    Age 20
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1930
    Age 17
    In accordance with New York's high society traditions, Barbara Hutton was given a lavish débutante ball in 1930 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.
    More Details Hide Details The ball cost $60,000 ($,000 in), a veritable fortune in the days of the Depression. Public criticism was so severe that she was sent on a tour of Europe to escape the onslaught of the press. Though Barbara Hutton was 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. Popular poet Ogden Nash then took note of Hutton's public private life in the following light verse: Said Aimee McPherson to Barbara Hutton, "How do you get a marriage to button?" "You'll have to ask some other person." Said Barbara Hutton to Aimee McPherson Barbara Hutton married seven times: Her first husband, Alexis Mdivani, used her great wealth to his advantage. Count Kurt Haugwitz-Reventlow, with whom she had her only child, a son named Lance, was her second husband. Reventlow dominated her through verbal and physical abuse, which escalated to a savage beating that left her hospitalized and put him in jail.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Heiress to the retail tycoon Frank Winfield Woolworth, Hutton was one of the wealthiest women in the world. She endured a childhood marked by the early loss of her mother at age five and the neglect of her father, setting the stage for a life of difficulty forming relationships. Married and divorced seven times, she acquired grand foreign titles but was maliciously treated and often exploited by several of her husbands. While publicly she was much envied for her possessions, her beauty and her apparent life of leisure, privately she remained deeply insecure, often taking refuge in drink, drugs, and playboys. Hutton had one child, Lance Reventlow, with her second husband, but was an indifferent and insecure parent and the subsequent divorce ended in a bitter custody battle. She later developed anorexia nervosa and perhaps therefore prevented further childbirth. Her son died in a plane crash in 1972 at the age of 36, leaving her devastated. She lived another seven years, dying of a heart attack at age 66. At her death, the formerly wealthy Hutton was on the verge of bankruptcy as a result of exploitation, as well as her compulsive generosity and spendthrift ways.
  • 1924
    Age 11
    In 1924, Barbara Hutton's grandmother Jennie (Creighton) Woolworth died, leaving $26.1 million to Barbara in a trust fund.
    More Details Hide Details Another $2.1 million in stock from Edna's inheritance was placed in a separate trust both of which were administered by Franklyn Hutton.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Born
    Born on November 14, 1912.
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