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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jacqueline Susann
... Irving Mansfield
... Florence Maybelle
... Michael Hastings
... Henry Marcus
... Maury Manning
... Debbie
Terrence Labrosse ... Radio actor
... Shecky
... Brad Bradburn (as Christopher MacDonald)
... Prof. Brainiac
... Bambi Madison (as Dina Spybey)
Pauline Little ... Leslie Barnett
... Passerby
... Mort
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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. 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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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28 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Ela É um Sucesso  »

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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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Goofs

Jacqueline Susann watches people waiting in line at the Radio City Music Hall to see Once Is Not Enough. Susann died the year before this movie was released. See more »

Quotes

Jacqueline Susann: You're a tight-ass and a smart cookie, but are you my friend?
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Features The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Open Your Heart
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Produced by Keith Thomas
For Yellow Elephant Music, Inc.
Performed by Vanessa Williams
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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She may have been great, but that doesn't mean this movie is
20 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

As much as I love Bette Midler, even she can't save this film or make the character any less flat. This is not a story and these are not characters we can relate to. We rush through a lifetime of moments without ever getting into the story. The only light point in this whole fiasco is Stockard Channing who manages to make her character as round as she can get in this awfully flat story. In one word: UUULLLLggggh


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