Tag: Jacqueline Susann

  • A Venture Through The 12th Annual New York Fringe Fest

    On the first day, in the first hour of the 12th-annual New York International Fringe Festival, an actress lay splayed on a hospital bed, murmuring: “Happy? What do I have to be happy about?” In the past several years, I’ve often asked myself that same question at the Fringe. The August heat, the cramped venues, […]

  • Rack Focus

    Based on the bestselling novel by Jacqueline Susann and directed by erstwhile Val Lewton collaborator Mark Robson, the original Valley of the Dolls centers on three aspiring starlets, all familiar types—a virginal small-town girl (Barbara Parkins), a fame-corrupted singer (Patty Duke, in her first major adult role), and an ill-fated beauty (the ill-fated Sharon Tate). […]

  • The Purple Prose of Tyros

    Every writer has scoffed while observing the bestseller rack: “I could write that crap.” Well, in 1966 the staff of Newsday really did write that crap. Marinating one night in a bar, they pondered cheese-whizzes Jacqueline Susann and Harold Robbins atop that week’s bestseller list, and a fine hoax came to mind: Why not write […]

  • Love and Anarchy

    More arch than satiric, Isn’t She Great is a brazenly lightweight, genially amusing portrait of Jacqueline Susann, author of the ’60s shlockbuster and quintessential dishathon Valley of the Dolls, and her adoring husband-cum-publicist Irving Mansfield. The movie aspires to be both stylish and coarse, camp and vulgar—which is pretty much how Bette Midler plays it. […]