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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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$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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In a scene set just prior to the publication of "Valley of the Dolls" in early 1966, a publishing house employee is seen wearing a fringed vest that would not become popular for several years. Also the soundtrack plays the Deep Purple version of "Hush" which was recorded in 1968. See more »

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Mrs. Ramirez: I think it is the greatest book ever written.
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Features Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »

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This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Written by Steve Allen
Performed by David Lawrence, Debbie Shapiro Gravitte and Bette Midler
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Good Cast, Poor Writing
10 November 2000 | by (Miami, Florida) – See all my reviews

Sorry to say, I was disappointed by this film. When it ended, I had the feeling that I had just watched a TV movie, (an activity I try to avoid.) I rented the DVD, not because of any great admiration of Jacqueline Suzann, but because the cast looked great. Admittedly, the cast did not disappoint. David Hyde Pierce and John Cleese make for several enjoyable scenes. I like Nathan Lane. He's a genuinely engaging personality, with real warmth and charm. Nevertheless, it was his narration that pulled the quality down a few notches for me. It wasn't his delivery of the narration, but the writing itself that was at fault. It's cliché and sentimental to a fault. Burt Bacharach's musical direction only made matters worse. I admire Bacharach tremendously, and rank his scores for Casino Royal and What's New Pussycat among my favorites. But it just didn't work here. * out of ****


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