When she was a teenager, Barbara Hutton, the five & dime store heiress, was as fat as butter, and slim, gum-chewing daughters of plain people were wont to gaze at her newspaper pictures and cry with feline contentment: "She's got money, but look at that shape." When pretty Barbara grew older, she reduced until her bones showed. Afterward, she was sick a lot. Between bouts in expensive hospitals she wandered wanly around Europe, wearing jewels and Paris dresses and collecting husbands (two princes, one count and Movie Actor Gary Grant) as befitted...

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