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Isn't She Great -- Bette Midler and Nathan Lane star in this comedy about Jacqueline Susann, the ambitious woman of dubious talent who wrote Valley of the Dolls, a best-selling novel that became a sensation.
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Writers (WGA):
Michael Korda (article)
Paul Rudnick (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 January 2000 (USA) See more »
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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  (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)
Jared Labelle ... Dog Walker (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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Rated R for language
95 min
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Anachronisms: When Jackie appears on "The Tonight Show" in 1966, the set and Johnny Carson's appearance are not from one of his mid-1960s broadcasts from New York, but instead from some years later, when the show moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s.See more »
Irving Mansfield:Good luck. Keep it dirty!See more »
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Not a good movie--but I had fun, 11 January 2004
Author: preppy-3 from United States

This movie is supposedly about Jacqueline Susann (Bette Midler) and husband Irving Mansfield (Nathan Lane). It chronicles how they met, fell in love and how she got "Valley of the Dolls" published. But this movie is a mess...and completely inaccurate.

For starters, Midler doesn't even remotely look like Susann or act like her. I've read at least 3 books on Susann as well as various articles - she was an ambitious, intelligent, driven woman. As Midler portrays her she is stupid, obnoxious, VERY loud and foul-mouthed. I'm no prude but there's way too much swearing from her in this--I have my doubts that Susann ever talked like that. Also they take actual events from Susann's life and fictionalizes them. When she is told in the movie to edit her book she acts like an idiot and refuses to help. In real life, Susann agreed to help make the book better with no fuss. And, Susann had a "Wishing Hill" (as she called it) in Central Park. It was basically a huge pile of rocks where she sat to clear her mind and relax. Here it's turned into a giant tree (????) and we have sequences with Lane and Midler talking, yelling and swearing at it. It's a wonder that those two managed to pull it off without looking like idiots.

As you can see, this is a bad film--but just so much FUN to watch! The incredible costumes and set design are just great--colorful and very true to the period. Some of the lines are actually very funny. Nathan Lane is great as Mansfield and Stockard Channing (as her best friend) and David Hyde Pierce (as her publisher) are hysterical and offer strong support. And Christopher McDonald and John Larroquette throw in cameos. Also John Cleese is on hand but he's wasted. Then there's Midler....she's AWFUL! Loud, shrill and thoroughly unlikable. When she was dying at the end I could have cared less. If she had toned down her performance and not played every scene at full tilt this might have worked. But she doesn't. However, she is fun to watch--a textbook example of how NOT to play a role.

The studio (understandably) threw this film away. It came and went VERY quickly and was a commercial disaster. Still, I'm giving it a 7--it's so incredibly bad that it's fun to watch! A must-see on that level.

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