Television: Too Rich: The Secret Life Of Doris Duke

CBS, Feb. 21, 23

Her dad founded the American Tobacco Company. But the richest girl in the world found only domestic rancor: a hateful mother, scheming lovers and, finally, a butler (Richard Chamberlain, all oil and vitriol--a nicely creepy job) who hastened her death and gained her fortune. This mini-series, directed by John Erman, has the impulse for high trash but not the racing pulse, the quick, bold strokes; its view of the rich getting skewered by the would-be rich is curiously sedate. The reason to watch is Lauren Bacall; she has the glamour, gravity and great bones to give the elder Doris vigorous life...

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