06 September 2009

Heiress Onboard

On this day in 1937, Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton (known in the press as the "Poor Little Rich Girl" due to her many travails) arrived in New York aboard the R.M.S. Queen Mary with her second husband, Count Haugwitz Von Reventlow, who's expression in this shipboard photograph reflects his winning personality. Hutton's relationship with the Danish count left her anorexic, addicted to drugs, and hospitalized due to a severe beating at his hands.
Months after this picture was taken, she denounced her American citizenship at his urging in order to become a citizen of Denmark. The marriage lasted a total of three years. Hutton would subsequently marry another five times, once to Cary Grant.


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