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Encyclopedia > Valley of the Dolls
Valley of the Dolls
Original book cover
Author Jacqueline Susann
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Romantic, Novel
Publisher Cassell
Released 1966
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 442 pp (hardback edition)
ISBN NA
Preceded by Every Night, Josephine!
Followed by The Love Machine
Valley of the Dolls

original movie poster
Directed by Mark Robson
Produced by David Weisbart
Written by Novel:
Jacqueline Susann
Screenplay:
Helen Deutsch
Dorothy Kingsley
Starring Barbara Parkins
Sharon Tate
Patty Duke
Music by André Previn & Dory Previn (songs)
John Williams
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Editing by Dorothy Spencer
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release date(s) December 15, 1967
Running time 123 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Valley of the Dolls is the title of a best selling novel by Jacqueline Susann, published in 1966, the Hollywood film which followed it in 1967, and the 1994 late-night, syndicated television soap opera. It is widely considered one of the most commercially successful novels of all time. Image File history File links 0929071506. ... Jacqueline Susann (August 20, 1918 – September 21, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a Jewish-American author known for her mass-appeal novels. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A romance novel is a literary genre developed in Western culture, mainly in English-speaking countries. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... The Love Machine is an album released by singer/comedienne/actress Sandra Bernhard. ... Image File history File links Valley_movieposter. ... Mark Robson (December 4, 1913 – June 20, 1978) was a Canadian-born film editor, film director and producer in Hollywood. ... David M. Weisbart (January 21, 1915 July 21, 1967) was an American film editor and producer A native of Los Angeles, California, David Weisbart began working in the film industry in 1942 as an editor. ... Jacqueline Susann (August 20, 1918 – September 21, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a Jewish-American author known for her mass-appeal novels. ... Helen Deutsch (21 March 1906-15 March 1992) was an American screenwriter, journalist and songwriter. ... Dorothy Kingsley was one of the three co-writers of the movie script for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. ... Barbara Parkins is a television and film actress, born on May 22, 1942 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Sharon Marie Tate (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American film actress. ... Patty Duke (born December 14, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning actress of the stage and screen. ... André Previn (born April 6, 1929)¹ is a prominent pianist, orchestral conductor, and composer. ... Dory Previn née Langdon (born 22 October 1925) is an American singer-songwriter and poet, and was a lyricist for motion picture theme songs during the 1960s and early 1970s, including the soundtrack to the Valley of the Dolls. ... Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra during the recording of the score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... William H. Daniels (December 1, 1901 - June 14, 1970) was a film cinematographer best known as Greta Garbos personal lensman. ... Dorothy Spencer (born 2 February 1909) in Covington, Kentucky, United States, was the multiple Academy Award-nominated American film editor most recognized for editing several of director John Fords films such as what film critic Roger Ebert calls, Fords greatest Western,[1]My Darling Clementine, as well as... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Jacqueline Susann (August 20, 1918 – September 21, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a Jewish-American author known for her mass-appeal novels. ... See also: 1965 in literature, other events of 1966, 1967 in literature, list of years in literature. ... ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... // December 26 - The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour airs on British television. ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ...

Contents

Book

Valley of the Dolls was an instant success when it was first published. Since then it has sold more than 30 million copies. As the first roman à clef by a female author to achieve this level of sales in America, it led the way for other authors such as Jackie Collins to depict the private lives of the real-life rich and famous under a veneer of fiction. This page provides a list of best-selling books of all time and in any language. ... A roman à clef or roman à clé (French for novel with a key) is a novel describing real-life events behind a façade of fiction. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The book and film tell the story of three young women who meet when all are embarking on the beginning of their careers. Neely O'Hara is a plucky kid with undeniable talent who is working in a Broadway play which stars the legendary actress Helen Lawson. Jennifer North, a beautiful blonde with limited talent is appearing in the chorus. Anne Welles has recently arrived from New England with hopes of success in New York City and she is working for an agency that represents Helen Lawson. The three women become fast friends, and share a bond of ambition and the tendency to be involved with the wrong men. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area...


In the film version, O'Hara becomes a major success and goes to Hollywood where a lucrative film career follows, but almost immediately falls victim to the "dolls" of the title - prescription drugs, particularly Seconal, Nembutal and various stimulants. Her career is shattered by her erratic behaviour and she finds herself in a sanatorium. ... Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational purposes rather than for work, medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ... Seconal is a trademark name for the barbiturate sodium quinalbarbitone. ... Pentobarbital is a barbiturate that is available as both a free acid and a sodium salt, the former of which is only slightly soluble in water and ethanol. ...


Meanwhile Jennifer has followed her to Hollywood and married nightclub singer Tony Polar. He is afflicted with a Huntington's chorea and his care results in mounting medical expenses. In the book, Polar's half-sister explains that the condition he has is congenital, convincing Jennifer to have an abortion, although she'd planned to keep the child after divorcing Polar for unfaithfulness. In the film, Jennifer finds herself working in "art movies" to pay Polar's medical bills; in the book, Polar's sister pays his expenses out of his own savings, and Jennifer decides independently to do French art house films, since she is only highly regarded for her body. Huntingtons disease (HD), also known as Huntington disease and previously as Huntingtons chorea and chorea maior, is a rare inherited neurological disorder affecting up to 8 people per 100,000. ...


Anne has fared the best of all three, having become a highly successful model. She too falls under the allure of the "dolls" and uses them to escape the reality of her relationship with her lover, who continues to have affairs after their marriage. Jennifer tries to turn her back on her "art movie" career and forms a relationship with a young Senator, but when diagnosed with breast cancer, she finds that even this man cares only for her body, so she commits suicide with an overdose of "dolls". Neely is given one more chance to straighten up and resume her career, but the attraction of the "dolls" is too strong and she seems to spiral into a final decline. Breast cancer is cancer of breast tissue. ...


In the film, Anne manages to escape and abandons both her unfaithful lover and the "dolls" to return to New England; this "happy ending" was cobbled together by studio demands for a happy ending, and none of it is in the book, where Anne stays with Lyon after his affair with Neely and comes increasingly under the influence of the dolls. Writer Harlan Ellison, who wrote the original screenplay, took his name off the project because of the ending and the watering-down of his realistic adaptation of the story. Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, essays, and criticism. ...


Much of the narrative is drawn from the author's experiences and observations as a struggling actress in the Hollywood of the early forties. The character of Neely O'Hara with her excess of talent coupled with her self-destructive alcoholism and dependency on prescription drugs, is said to be based upon Judy Garland. Garland was originally cast in the movie as Helen Lawson (based on Ethel Merman, whom Susann had known personally - and reportedly had been involved with), until Garland's unpredictable behaviour led to her dismissal. O'Hara's treatment in the sanitariums is a milder version of the fate that befell actress Frances Farmer. The tragic character of Jennifer North is said to be based upon actress/pin-up girl Carole Landis, who had been a friend of the author during their Hollywood days. Like Jennifer, Landis was seen as an ambitious blonde with little real talent, and after a series of failed relationships and a career that had quickly stagnated, she committed suicide with an overdose of barbiturates. She is also said to be based on Marilyn Monroe. The character of Tony Polar is rumored to be based on Frank Sinatra, but Susann herself was quoted in her biography saying that she got the idea for Polar after trying to interview Dean Martin after one of his shows; he was too engrossed in a comic book to pay attention to her. Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress, considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of... Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was a star of stage and film musicals, well known for her powerful voice and vocal range. ... Frances Elena Farmer (September 19, 1913 – August 1, 1970) was an American film actress. ... Carole Landis (January 1, 1919 – July 5, 1948) was an American film actress. ... Barbiturates are drugs that acts as central nervous system (CNS) depressants, and by virtue of this they produce a wide spectrum of effects, from mild sedation to anesthesia. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on July 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Movie

The subsequent film, produced by David Weisbart and directed by Mark Robson, received a great deal of publicity during its production. Upon release it was a commercial success, though universally panned by critics. It was re-released in 1969 following the murder of star Sharon Tate, and once again proved commercially viable. In the years since its production it has come to be regarded as a camp classic. Barbara Parkins, attending a special screening of the film at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, told the sold-out crowd, "I know why you like it... because it's so bad!"[1] The movie was remade in 1981 for television as Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls. Also, the late soap opera actress Darlene Conley had a bit part in the movie as a desk manager at a rehearsal hall that Anne was delivering contracts to. David M. Weisbart (January 21, 1915 July 21, 1967) was an American film editor and producer A native of Los Angeles, California, David Weisbart began working in the film industry in 1942 as an editor. ... Mark Robson (December 4, 1913 – June 20, 1978) was a Canadian-born film editor, film director and producer in Hollywood. ... Sharon Marie Tate (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American film actress. ... For the the baseball player Bert Campaneris, see Bert Campaneris Camp is an aesthetic in which something has appeal because of its bad taste or ironic value. ... Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Darlene Conley as Sally Spectra Darlene Conley (July 18, 1934 - January 14, 2007) was an American actress. ...


A new theatrical remake is currently in development, to be produced by 20th Century Fox. Betty Thomas is slated to direct. Singer/Actress Beyoncé Knowles is the only cast member confirmed so far.[2] Development, in the context of the film industry, is the process by which a film project progresses (or doesnt) from the germ of an idea to greenlight status, at which point it can go into production. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the major American film studios. ... Betty Thomas (born July 27, 1947) is an American actress and director. ... Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is a ten-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, Golden Globe Award-nominated actress, dancer, and fashion designer and model for House of Deréon. ...


Primary cast

Barbara Parkins is a television and film actress, born on May 22, 1942 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Anne Welles was a fictional character in the movie and novel Valley of the Dolls. ... Patty Duke (born December 14, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning actress of the stage and screen. ... Neely OHara (Born Ethel Agnes ONeill) is a fictional character in the novel and movie Valley of the Dolls. ... Sharon Marie Tate (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American film actress. ... Paul Burke (born July 21, 1926) is an American actor mainly known for his lead roles in the television series Naked City and Twelve OClock High, in which he played Col. ... An actor, and co-founder of Scotti Brothers Records with brother Ben Scotti. ... Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975) was an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Martin Sam Milner (born December 28, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actor best known for his performances in two popular television series, Adam-12 and Route 66. ... Charles Drake (born Charles Ruppert, October 2, 1917 - September 10, American actor. ... Lee Grant (October 31, 1927 in New York, New York) is an American theater, film and television actress, and film director who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s. ... Robert H. Harris (born 15 July , 1911) is an American actor. ... Jacqueline Susann (August 20, 1918 – September 21, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a Jewish-American author known for her mass-appeal novels. ... Joey Bishop (born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb on February 3, 1918 in The Bronx, New York, USA) is a Jewish American actor. ... George Jessel (April 3, 1898–May 23, 1981) was a U.S. actor, singer, songwriter, and movie producer. ...

Award nominations

From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra during the recording of the score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Sharon Marie Tate (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American film actress. ... The Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media has been awarded since 1960. ... André Previn (born April 6, 1929)¹ is a prominent pianist, orchestral conductor, and composer. ...

Differences between the book and film

  • In the movie, Neely O'Hara is cast out of Lawson's new Broadway play. In the novel, there is a character Terry King who is replaced by O'Hara.
  • The movie completely excludes Allen Cooper, who Anne unwillingly gets engaged to in the book.
  • Tony Polar's condition is different in the book. In the book version, he suffers from a condition that causes him to have the mind of a ten-year-old.
  • At the end of the movie, Anne goes back to Lawrenceville and turns down Lyon's proposal. However, in the novel she stays with him and falls under an addiction to "dolls".

Trivia

Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress, considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of... Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975) was an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... The Toys were an R&B trio, a girl group, from New York who formed in 1961 and disbanded in 1968. ... Patty Duke (born December 14, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning actress of the stage and screen. ...

See also

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is a 1970 drama film starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John LaZar, and Michael Blodgett. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... The word pastiche describes a literary or other artistic genre. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... [[ For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... Motto: (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity(English) Wha daur meddle wi me? (Scots)[1] Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots[2] Government  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I... Electronic music is a term for music created using electronic devices. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... For other uses, see Mylo (disambiguation). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Bright Eyes is a band consisting of singer-songwriter/guitarist Conor Oberst, multi-instrumentalist/producer Mike Mogis, Nate Walcott, and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from Omahas indie music scene. ...

References

  1. ^ Night Crawler, SF Weekly; Retrieved on 2007-02-07
  2. ^ Hollywood.com: The Valley of the Dolls; Retrieved on 2007-03-04

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