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At Theaters: 1/28/2000 On Video: 7/18/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 33 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 139906
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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With Jackie's career going nowhere, and fast, Irving, her husband, hit upon an idea. A crazy idea, but an idea which just might make Jacqueline Susann a household name. She would write a book. Never mind the fact that she had never written before. She would write about what she knew: the crazy, steamy lives of drug-addicted, sex-craved movie stars.
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Comedy - Only die-hard fans of Nathan Lane and especially Bette Midler will find much of interest in this loose comic biography. Older viewers familiar with author Jacqueline Susann may be interested, but the film holds little to no appeal to younger viewers. The graphic sex talk makes the film inappropriate for youngsters.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Bette Midler GET BRUCE, THAT OLD FEELING
Nathan Lane MOUSE HUNT
David Hyde Pierce Niles Crane from TV's Frazier
Stockard Channing GREASE, TWILIGHT
Amanda Peet BODY SHOTS
John Cleese GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE
Director: Andrew Bergman STRIPTEASE, HONEYMOON IN VEGAS
Producer: Mike Lobell WHITE FANG, STRIPTEASE
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About the Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Occasional use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Graphic sex talk.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Lots of bawdy humor.
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Below Average
"Great" is unlikely the word to come to the mind of audiences in regards to author Jacqueline Susann after seeing her depiction in the loose comic biography Isn't She Great. More likely are the words "boorish," "brash," "annoying," and "untalented," which effectively sums up where writer Paul Rudnick and director Andrew Bergman have gone wrong. Perhaps the real Jacqueline Susann was "great," but one would be hard-pressed to pay the film incarnation the same compliment.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 58 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
4
Fairly Low
75%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
3
Fairly High
67%
30+Adults (M)
15
High
92%
30+Adults (F)
36
Fairly High
86%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
From the very beginning, best-selling novelist Jacqueline Susann (Bette Midler) simply wanted her place in the spotlight. With no agent and no one calling for auditions, she scraped by with residuals from the occasional radio jingle, television commercial and game show appearance. Still, with every failure -and there were plenty- she remained undeterred in her quest for fame. A friend once told her that "talent wasn't everything," and for no person was this more true.

Manager and publicist Irving Mansfield (Nathan Lane) knew he was the one who could make Jackie's dreams come true. He also knew that he was in love with the flamboyant actress. It was a relationship made in show business heaven.

With Jackie's career going nowhere, and fast, Irving hit upon an idea. A crazy idea, but an idea which just might make Jacqueline Susann a household name. She would write a book. Never mind the fact that she had never written before. She would write about what she knew: the crazy, steamy lives of drug-addicted, sex-craved movie stars.

With her best friend Florence (Stockard Channing) by her side for inspiration and Irving at her side for advice, encouragement and deliveries of hot Pastrami, Jackie put pen to paper, with a passion that was all-consuming... and a vocabulary that would shock a sailor.

The result was Valley of the Dolls, an inside look at the high's and low's of showbiz as told by someone who had experienced it first-hand. According to Irving, it was "like Gone With The Wind, only filthy."

Finding a publisher was an entirely new challenge however, for Jackie had tackled a subject matter considered entirely too taboo for her time. Eventually, she landed a deal with the suave and debonair publisher Henry Marcus (John Cleese), whose keen sense told him that with a little help, she just might become the greatest storyteller of her generation. But first she would have to do some heavy convincing, for her ultra-WASP-y editor Michael Hastings (David Hyde Pierce) felt her book was "salicious, perverted, soft-core porn" and unfit to print. Jackie's eagerness to learn and a charm that was all her own-eventually won him over, and the book was published.

Jacqueline Susann had invented a whole new way of writing books, and once she and Irving hit the road, the publishing world would never be the same. Embarking on a book tour from coast to coast, paying calls on regional booksellers and impressing Mom and Pop shops with her intimate knowledge of all their personal lives, Irving saw to it that everyone was clamoring to read Valley of the Dolls. Together, Jackie and Irving invented a whole new way of selling books.

Decked out in a fabulous Pucci wardrobe with her poodle Josephine in tow, Jackie' perseverance and audacious self-promotion helped make Valley of the Dolls one of the best-selling novels of all time.

Unfortunately, success came to Jackie late in life, and a diagnosis of breast cancer meant that fulfilling her dreams was a race against time. But her deteriorating health was no match for sheer determination and the unfaltering support of an adoring husband. She needed ten more years to achieve all she wanted, and Irving saw to it that she would indeed have it all.

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