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Paul Rudnick (screenplay)
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Talent isn't everything.
An unsuccessful over-the-top actress becomes a successful over-the-top authoress in this biography of Jacqueline Susann... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Larger than Life; who else but the Divine Miss M See more (63 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Midler ... Jacqueline Susann

Nathan Lane ... Irving Mansfield

Stockard Channing ... Florence Maybelle

David Hyde Pierce ... Michael Hastings

John Cleese ... Henry Marcus

John Larroquette ... Maury Manning

Amanda Peet ... Debbie
Terrence Ross ... Radio actor

Jeffrey Ross ... Shecky

Christopher McDonald ... Brad Bradburn (as Christopher MacDonald)

Paul Benedict ... Prof. Brainiac

Dina Spybey-Waters ... Bambi Madison (as Dina Spybey)
Pauline Little ... Leslie Barnett

William Hill ... Passerby

Mal Z. Lawrence ... Mort
Adam Heller ... Howie
Ellen David ... Sylvia
Dan Ziskie ... Guy's doctor (as Daniel Ziskie)
Anna Lobell ... Receptionist

David Costabile ... Junior editor

Brett Gillen ... Man with bicycle

Olga Merediz ... Mrs. Ramirez
Jacklin Webb ... Nurse
Clebert Ford ... Claude
Dick Henley ... Doorman
Sonia Benezra ... Manicurist
Richard Litt ... Buddy
Maurice Carlton ... Orderly #1
Edward B. Goldstein ... Eddie in Lindy's
Larry Block ... Herbie
Jack Eagle ... Waiter
Le Clanché du Rand ... Lissy Hastings
Elizabeth Lawrence ... Mimsy Hastings
Helen Stenborg ... Aunt Abigail

John Cunningham ... Nelson Hastings
Charles S. Doucet ... Teamster (as Charles Doucet)

John Sanford Moore ... Bob Shawcross (as John Moore)
Richard McConomy ... Harry Gladrey
Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Irma Gladrey

Steven McCarthy ... Book Nook clerk

James Villemaire ... Jim Morrison

Karyn Quackenbush ... TV cook
Sam Street ... Truman Capote
Peter Blaikie ... David
Sheena Larkin ... Saleswoman

Frank Vincent ... Aristotle Onassis
David Lawrence ... Steve Lawrence
Debbie Shapiro Gravitte ... Eydie Gorme (as Debbie Gravitte)

Mickey Toft ... Guy at 6

Ricky Mabe ... Guy at 14
Robin Wilcock ... Stage murderer (as Robin Andrew Wilcock)

Jude Beny ... Skeptical housewife
Jean-Guy Bouchard ... Wolf-whistle Teamster

Carl Alacchi ... Orderly #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Brown ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Liza Case ... Woman reading book in park (uncredited)

Dawn Douglas ... Moviegoer (uncredited)

Patty Duke ... Neely O'Hara in 'Valley of the Dolls' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julia Garland ... Autistic Child (uncredited)

Susan Hayward ... Helen Lawson in 'Valley of the Dolls' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marlon Sterling Long ... Doorman (uncredited)
Antonio Maltese ... Extra (uncredited)
Jennifer Marcil ... #80 Evergrip / Hostess (uncredited)

Nick Stellate ... Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Bergman 
Writing credits
Michael Korda (article "Wasn't She Great")

Paul Rudnick (screenplay)

Produced by
Alex Barder .... associate producer
Mark Gordon .... executive producer
Ted Kurdyla .... executive producer
Gary Levinsohn .... executive producer
Mike Lobell .... producer
Cathy Schulman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Burt Bacharach 
Cinematography by
Karl Walter Lindenlaub 
Film Editing by
Barry Malkin 
Casting by
Rosina Bucci 
Kathleen Chopin 
John S. Lyons 
Production Design by
Stuart Wurtzel 
Art Direction by
Raymond Dupuis 
Set Decoration by
Amy Burt 
Jean-François Campeau (decorator)
Susan C. MacQuarrie 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
Makeup Department
Linda Bourgon .... assistant hair stylist
Annick Chartier .... makeup artist
Jane Choi .... additional assistant makeup artist
Alan D'Angerio .... hair designer
Linda DeVetta .... key makeup artist
Sandro Di Gioacchino .... assistant hair stylist
Dallas Hartnett .... hair stylist
Heidi Kulow .... makeup artist
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist
Michele Paris .... makeup artist (as Michele Paris-Catanzarite)
Scott Hersh .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Micheline Garant .... unit production manager
Ted Kurdyla .... unit production manager
John A. Machione .... production manager
Judy Richter .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michelle Benoit .... third assistant director
Pierre Brassard .... key second assistant director
Dean Garvin .... second assistant director
Matthew Jemus .... third assistant director
Ted Kurdyla .... second unit director
John A. Machione .... assistant director: New York
Andy Muller .... assistant director: New York
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
Art Department
Serge Archambault .... head scenic painter
Frances Calder .... key set decorator
Jean-Andre Carriere .... assistant art director
Lynn Carrière .... props
Isabelle Côté .... graphic designer
George DeTitta Jr. .... set decorator: New York
Gerald DeTitta .... leadman: New York
Erik Gosselin .... custom props
Alexandre Juneau .... set dresser
Ray Kluga .... art director: New York
Josée Létourneau .... assistant head scenic
Kay Michaels .... art department coordinator: New York
Charlotte Rouleau .... set designer (2000)
Jason Shanski .... painter
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ajae Clearway .... assistant sound editor
Don Cohen .... production sound mixer
Kenna Doeringer .... assistant adr editor
Dan Korintus .... supervising dialogue editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Michael W. Mitchell .... sound effects editor
Mike Schmidt .... cable person: New York
Warren Shaw .... sound editor
Paul P. Soucek .... supervising sound editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Steven Visscher .... supervising foley editor
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Daniel Ward .... apprentice sound editor
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects
André Laforest .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Leung .... digital compositing supervisor
Matt McDonald .... digital compositor
Ben Gauthier .... stunt coordinator
Minor Mustain .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Benoît Alarie .... grip
Colin Anderson .... Steadicam operator
Alain Bisson Doyal .... grip
James Boniece .... best boy
James Boniece .... grip
Renzo Spirit Buffalo .... assistant camera
Nadine Demeule .... video assist operator
Gilles Fortier .... rigging gaffer
Eames Gagnon .... best boy lighting
John Harris .... electrician
Tommy Klines .... assistant camera
David Knox .... camera operator: "b" camera
François Legris .... electrician
Charlie Marroquin .... dolly grip
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Eric Proulx .... best boy electric: second unit
Dominique Ricard .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ted William Ross .... daily electrician
Jeff Scott .... electrician
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Casting Department
Karen Meisels .... casting associate
Randi Wells .... extras casting
Eric Zuckerman .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pattie J. Barbosa .... costumer: re-shoots
Rosalie Clermont-Bilodeau .... wardrobe assistant
Marie-Maude Grenier .... dresser
Daniele Leger .... wardrobe mistress
Lyse Pomerleau .... costume coordinator
Melissa Stanton .... wardrobe supervisor
Thomas Stokes .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Meredith Apel .... apprentice editor
Tim Sternberg .... first assistant editor
Andrew Weisblum .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer: songs
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician
Bruce Dukov .... concert master
Earl Dumler .... musician: oboe
Gary Foster .... musician: tenor saxophone
Rick Giovinazzo .... orchestrator
Gary Grant .... musician: flugelhorn and trumpet
Dan Higgins .... musician: clarinet
Gary Jones .... music supervisor
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Dean Parks .... musician: guitar
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Dennis Sager .... scoring engineer
Tom Scott .... musician: alto saxophone
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
James Walker .... musician: flute
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Aleck Duncan .... driver: Nathan Lane
Joe Sanchez .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Tevin Adelman .... production assistant
Alex Barder .... assistant to Mike Lobell
Monica Barraza .... production assistant: New York
Luc Bouthillier .... production assistant
Jennifer Bydwell .... clearance coordinator
Teena Byl .... production assistant (as Teena Deocales)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Pierre Cheminat .... office runner
Lisa Cofini .... post production accountant
Katherine Cohn .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Kathleen Corgan .... assistant location manager: New York
Timothy Donohue .... set production assistant: New York
Loren Elkins .... assistant: Nathan Lane
John Gaskin .... production auditor
Paule Girardin .... travel coordinator
Susan Humphrey .... animal trainer
Sam Hutchins .... assistant location manager
Ken Korrall .... location manager
Phillip Kurdyla .... production assistant: New York
Maryse Lesage .... personal assistant: Bette Midler
Theresa Marsh .... first assistant production accountant
Eddie Micallef .... key production assistant
Kathy Orloff .... unit publicist
Lois Otto .... production coordinator: New York
Wayne Petrucelli .... security coordinator: New York
Ellie Presner .... script revisor
Rick Riccio .... whistler
Andrew Saxe .... assistant location manager
Adam Shankman .... choreographer
Jason Stant .... accounting clerk
Jeffrey Collette .... assistant to mike lobell (uncredited)
Thomas Maxwell .... production assistant (uncredited)

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95 min
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Factual errors: In 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 wouldn't become popular for several years. Also the soundtrack plays the Deep Purple version of "Hush" which was recorded 1n 1968.See more »
Mrs. Ramirez:I think it is the greatest book ever written.See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Larger than Life; who else but the Divine Miss M, 26 April 2004
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ISN'T SHE GREAT (2000) ** Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, David Hyde Pierce, John Cleese, Amanda Peet. Before there was Jackie Collins and there was Jacqueline Susann. That is prior to the subgenre of 'trashy romance' novels found in your neighborhood pharmacy and the glut that is now the conglomerate superbookstore –i.e. marketing and focus groups for the masses! – there was Jacqueline Susann, whose bawdy, vulgar and tasteless novels were ultimately candy for the average American reader who gobbled her tomes faster than she could churn them out. In Andrew Bergman's look at the queen of the acquired taste, who else could portray a larger than life figurehead than the estimable Divine Miss M herself, Bette Midler.

Midler gives it her all with her trademark ball-breaking brio as the celebrity craven author whose indefatigable image fashioning was only matched by par by her long-suffering but ever devoted husband and business partner Irving Mansfield (touché Lane, making their onscreen presence a once in a lifetime pairing to appreciative audiences), who used all his show biz savvy – no matter how gauche or seemingly stooping manners of barnstorming the country to every podunk backwater stationery store or spreading the word to a busload of school children – to make Susann a giantess among the mortals in the writing field.

Based on a reminiscence by New Yorker's Michael Korda, the fact that the real Susann was no sweetheart and a real tough cookie with a few sad hurdles – her ongoing bout with cancer and the institutionalization of her only child who suffered from autism – are casually sugar-coated by Bergman (whose impeccable credits include a plethora of the comic pantheon including 'The In-Laws', 'The Freshman' and 'Blazing Saddles') and the sharply sticky screenplay by scathing scribe Paul Rudnick ('In & Out') wisely overlook her obvious flaws and instead center on the unlikely union of two borderline caricatures of the entertainment field, and their questionable romance. But Midler and Lane surpass the film's shortcomings with their theatrical overplaying, which is arguably suitable, as well as the always welcome Channing, one of our most underrated comic actresses, whose succor in her line readings are a stitch (when Susann belabors she doesn't know how to write a book, Channing says with aplomb, 'Talent isn't everything.'); she's like the salt in a margarita.

Also lending able support is Hyde Pierce in another variation of his tv persona from 'Frasier' as Susann's stuffed shirt editor and Cleese as the Nehru jacketed publisher, both in their element here.

The one thing that seems to be missing is it seems outdated and quite a lot to compress in a film that has the dubious distinction of telling the story of a woman who wasn't very nice nor well respected, but then again that hasn't been the case of celebrity history in this country, so I'm not even going to argue that!

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