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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 "The Valley Of The Dolls" and other trashy ... 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 "The 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-60's, 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 Susan'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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$36,000,000 (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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When Irving is reading aloud from the last page of the Valley Of The Dolls manuscript, what he is saying is totally different from text seen in a close-up of the last page, an actual transcript of the book's real ending. See more »

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Michael Hastings: Mimsy.
Jacqueline Susann: Mimsy? Is that code?
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References Once Is Not Enough (1975) 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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It's SUPPOSED to be like this!
10 October 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

People have complained about how bad this is. They are right. People have noted how much they enjoyed it. They are right, too. Remember how bad the book and the movie 'Valley of the Dolls' were? Well, here ya go-- It's all in the same vein. They are obviously being over the top, campy, kitschy... If you are looking for Scorcese, this ain't it. But cheesy fun this IS! Unfortunately, because they felt they HAD to make it campy, the 'dramedy' doesn't work. So it goes between melodramatic and wiseacre, with neither hitting the mark. I have to say I enjoyed the movie the same way I would enjoy 'Mommie Dearest' or 'Showgirls'. Just mindless, guilty time-wasting. I'm also a sucker for period pieces when they get it right. The clothing, the celebrities, the zeitgeist of the time are pretty good. I'll take Bette Midler chewing the scenery in this over her deplorable 'Beaches' character any day!


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