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Isn't She Great (2000)

An unsuccessful over-the-top actress becomes a successful over-the-top authoress in this biography of Jacqueline Susann, the famed writer of "Valley of the Dolls" and other trashy novels. ... See full summary »

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An unsuccessful over-the-top actress becomes a successful over-the-top authoress in this biography of Jacqueline Susann, the famed writer of "Valley of the Dolls" and other trashy novels. Facing a failing career, Susann meets a successful promoter who becomes her husband. After several failures to place her in commercials and a TV quiz show, he hits upon the idea for her to become a writer. In the pre-1960s, her books were looked upon as trash and non-printable. But then the sexual revolution hit and an audience was born for her books. The story shows the hidden behind the scenes story of Susann's life, including her autistic son and her continuing bout with cancer that she hid up to her death. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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28 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Ela É um Sucesso  »

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$44,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,368,705 (USA) (28 January 2000)

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$2,954,405 (USA) (18 February 2000)
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Goofs

Truman Capote's quote, "That's not writing, that's typing," was in reference to Jack Kerouac, not Jacqueline Susann. See more »

Quotes

Michael Hastings: Mimsy.
Jacqueline Susann: Mimsy? Is that code?
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References I Remember Mama (1948) See more »

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Poeme
Written by Charles Albertine
Performed by Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Ranwood Records/ A Welk Music Group Co.
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Not as bad as it's cracked up to be.
6 November 2004 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

I've caught "Isn't She Great" several times now (It seems to be eternally running on the movie channels).

This was a monster flop when it came out, barely released, but it does a fine job of capturing the era.

The main attraction of this film is the acting of the leads. Both Nathan Lane and Bette Midler can come off incredibly stagy on film, but their style works well with these characters. Jackie Suzanne was larger than life. They both manage to bring a true sense of sweetness to their roles.

Particular note must be made of David Hyde Pierce as her editor. This actor fits very well in this era. Also, John Cleese is a hoot as the publisher. Wish there were more of him in the movie.

Give this one a chance. A period piece from a currently unhip period.


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