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Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (1981)

Updated version of the Jacqueline Susann best selling 1960's novel shows the lives of three very different women who come to New York City to achieve fame and fortune in show business and ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Grauman

Writers:

Laurence Heath (written for television by), Jacqueline Susann (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Hicks ... Ann Welles
Lisa Hartman ... Neely O'Hara
Veronica Hamel ... Jennifer North
David Birney ... Lyon Burke
Jean Simmons ... Helen Lawson
James Coburn ... Henry Bellamy
Gary Collins ... Kevin Gilmore
Bert Convy ... Tony Polar
Britt Ekland ... Françoise
Denise Nicholas ... Connie (as Denise Nicholas Hill)
Steve Inwood Steve Inwood ... Teddi Casablanca
Carol Lawrence ... Miriam
Camilla Sparv ... Vivienne
Kathleen Nolan ... Dr. Galens
Tricia O'Neil ... Enid Marshall
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Updated version of the Jacqueline Susann best selling 1960's novel shows the lives of three very different women who come to New York City to achieve fame and fortune in show business and get all messed up in the process. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valley of the Dolls See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Wesley Lau's final TV appearance. See more »

Quotes

Henry Bellamy: You see Neely's has a very special young talent, it needs a place to grow, to become more confident, now I can give her that and we can all share in those results, but it's that talent that's so valuable it's precious, it needs firm professional guidance and if you're going to continue to handle you better learn your business young man, the amateurs have a tendency to bring everyone down to their level, and in this case, that's intolerable.
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Connections

Referenced in Valley of the Dolls (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

We Were Meant to Be Lovers
Words and music by Brian Francis Neary and Jim Photoglo (as James Photoglo)
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Bland though vaguely entertaining
12 February 2005 | by omourouxSee all my reviews

The complexity of Jacqueline Susann's characters and subtlety of their relationships are completely lost in this syrupy TV movie, which also suffers from too many miscast parts--from a very average-looking Ann to a flat-chested Jennifer and an overly cheery Nelly.

The reasons for putting together such a project are rather mysterious, and to say it didn't age well would be finding excuses for this universally shabby and lazy movie, which can't be saved by several fine performances.

All we're left with is a cheap mini-soap brightened by a couple of good songs by lovely Lisa Hartman. Good enough if you can't fall asleep at 3 in the morning--this should do the trick. Otherwise, do yourself a favor and buy the book!


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