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The movie was made and released in 1975 after source novelist Jacqueline Susann had passed away in 1974.
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The title of the Jacqueline Susann novel and film "Once Is Not Enough" derives from a conversation Susann had with her old friend, comedian Joe E. Lewis, on his deathbed. Trying to perk up his spirits, she supposedly said, "Come on, Joe. Didn't you always say 'you only go around once, but if you play your cards right, once is enough'? Lewis responded, "I was wrong, Jackie. Once is not enough."
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This 1975 film is the third and final [to date, April 2014] of only three filmed cinema movie adaptations of novels written by authoress Jacqueline Susann. The first was 1967's Valley of the Dolls (1967) and the second was 1971's The Love Machine (1971).
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The character of novelist Tom Colt (David Janssen) was based on Norman Mailer. The award that Colt had won was the Pulitzer Prize. In real life, Mailer won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for "The Armies of the Night" in 1969. Mailer won a second Pulitzer Prize after the film was made, in 1980 for "The Executioner's Song".
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The movie, and the novel it was based on, was famous for containing fictionalized portraits of real people, including heiress Barbara Hutton (Alexis Smith), "Cosmopolitan" editor and author Helen Gurley Brown (Brenda Vaccaro), reclusive actress Greta Garbo (Melina Mercouri), and author Norman Mailer (David Janssen). Fans disagree on the model for the Kirk Douglas character, some even claiming he was based on this film's producer, Howard W. Koch.
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The relationship between and Deidre Milford Granger (Alexis Smith) and Karla (Melina Mercouri) was allegedly based on the real-life relationship between heiress Barbara Hutton and film star Greta Garbo respectively.
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The character of January Wayne (Deborah Raffin in this filmed Jacqueline Susann adaptation is recovering from a near fatal motorcycle accident. The actor Brian Kelly, who had originally been cast as "Robin Stone" in the earlier Susann 1971 adaptation The Love Machine (1971), was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident just prior to shooting and had to withdraw from that movie.
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The number of Academy Awards (Oscars) that Mike Wayne (Kirk Douglas) had won was three. The amount of money that he had got for his most recent script development project was only a paltry US $7500.
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This picture, based on a trash pulp fiction novel, actually got Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Brenda Vaccaro. She did not win, losing to Lee Grant for Shampoo (1975), but Vacarro did win the Golden Globe Award in the same category.
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Lana Turner was offered to play the of Deidre but she balked at a scene where she kisses her female lover on the lips. The part was offered to Alexis Smith and she accepted.
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The film was made and released about two years after its source novel by Jacqueline Susann had been first published in 1973.
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Final Anglo or American cinema movie directed by Guy Green.
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The film's source book was once the No. #2 best-selling novel in the USA in 1973.
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The movie was based on the final novel of authoress Jacqueline Susann.
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Many movie posters for the film featured a preamble that read: "Jacqueline Susann's bold best seller that explored the avenues and darkest alleys of love among the international set. 'Once Is Not Enough'."
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Final [to date, April 2014] made for the cinema filmed adaptation of a Jacqueline Susann novel.
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Executive producer Irving Mansfield and source novelist Jacqueline Susann were married but the film was released after Susann had passed. Mansfield also exec produced Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (1981) and The Love Machine (1971).
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The name of the high-fashion mag was "Gloss Magazine".
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In the Autumn (Fall) of 1974, the year before this film first debuted, source author Jacqueline Susann had gone on an extensive book tour for this movie's source novel, even though she knew she was terminally ill with breast cancer.
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The character of Karla (Melina Mercouri) was based on movie star Greta Garbo whilst the character of Deidre Milford Granger (Alexis Smith) was based on heiress Barbara Hutton.
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The nick-name of ladies' man David Milford (George Hamilton) was "the biggest stud in New York".
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The picture's screenwriter Julius J. Epstein had earlier been one of the co-writers on the Warner Brothers classic Casablanca (1942).
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"How old are you?" - David Janssen says this line to two different female co-stars in two different movies 14 years apart. In Once Is Not Enough (1975) his character Tom Colt is talking to January Wayne. The other movie is Ring of Fire (1961), and his character Sergeant Walsh is talking to Bobbie, a troubled teenager. Neither gives him a straight answer.
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Brenda Vaccaro was the long term girlfriend of Kirk Douglas's son, Michael Douglas, at the time.
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