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Isn't She Great (2000)

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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. ... See full summary »

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Andrew Bergman

Writers:

Michael Korda (article), Paul Rudnick (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Labrosse Terrence Labrosse ... 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 Pauline Little ... Leslie Barnett
William Hill ... Passerby
Mal Z. Lawrence ... Mort
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Storyline

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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Talent isn't everything.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

UK | Germany | Canada | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ela É um Sucesso See more »

Filming Locations:

Hudson, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,368,705, 30 January 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,962,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,003,296
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Truman Capote recanted his insult about Jacqueline Susann. He apologized to the truckers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Ramirez: I think it is the greatest book ever written.
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Connections

References I Remember Mama (1948) See more »

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Roller Coaster
Written by Milton Delugg, Lou Busch
Performed by Henri Rene
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Hokum, but pretty entertaining hokum nevertheless
14 May 2012 | by earlytalkieSee all my reviews

There is a disclaimer near the end of the credits on this film that explain that the facts and characters present in this version of Jacquline Susann's life have been altered somewhat. That said, forget about the inaccuracies and have a good time with the campy dialog and beautiful 60s trappings that this film is wrapped in. No, this isn't the definitive biography of the authoress, but it does entertain. When Bette Midler is on the screen it is pretty hard to look away, and she is the whole show in this. She looks like Bette Midler going trick-or-treating as Jackie here, but never you mind. Bette always entertains. I defy you to have a dry eye after seeing the tearful finale. It seems that the makers were consciously trying to make this film look and sound like Valley Of The Dolls, right down to the candy-colors and Dionne Warwick singing the title tune! This film will getcha if you let it!


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