The original “poor little rich girl,” Barbara Hutton was the heiress to the massive Woolworth fortune, making her one of the richest people in the world. Proof that money really can’t buy happiness, Hutton struggled throughout her life with an eating disorder, addiction, and abusive relationships.
Her lavish lifestyle — she was famous for throwing “the party of the social season” at her compound in Tangier, Morocco — and terrible taste in romantic partners, contributed to her eventual financial troubles. Hutton married and divorced seven times, and only her marriage to actor Cary Grant did not result in Hutton providing a financial settlement.
At the time of her death, she was living in a suite at The Beverly Hills Hotel and is said to have had just a few thousand dollars to her name.