July 6, 1993 |
Question: What do you get when you program a supercharged computer with the glitter, glamour, drugs and sex from the campy prose of a Jacqueline Susann work? Answer: A microchip off the old block called "Just This Once," a megabyte-size bodice-ripping potboiler subtitled as a novel written by a computer programmed to think like the world's best-selling author.
November 19, 1997 |
Perhaps the most astonishing thing about the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's "Valley of the Dolls Weekend" was how, well, respectful the proceedings were. From Friday night's presentation of the 1967 cult classic movie to Saturday's performance of Theatre-a-Go-Go!'s over-the-top staged adaptation, the program's pair of sold-out audiences were remarkably sedate.
December 7, 1998 |
The "heart of the woman," actress Michele Lee is saying of famed "Valley of the Dolls" author Jacqueline Susann, whom she plays in her latest television movie, is perseverance. Persevere is precisely what Lee did to make sure that "Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story" airing Wednesday night on USA made it to television. And before "Isn't She Great," starring Bette Midler and Nathan Lane, makes it to the big screen as Universal Studios plans, in the fall.
February 1, 1987 |
A sizzling biography of "Valley of the Dolls" author Jacqueline Susann, due out March 19, is sending her widower, Irving Mansfield, running to his lawyers. Author Barbara Seaman, with a six-figure William Morrow advance, told Outtakes that "Jackie created her steamy best-sellers out of the raw materials of her life"--which Seaman has used as the basis of "Lovely Me," also the title of a Susann stage play.
January 28, 2000 |
"Isn't She Great" is just the movie Jacqueline Susann deserves--and that is no put-down. In telling the story of the publicity-hound author of "Valley of the Dolls," director Andrew Bergman and writer Paul Rudnick give Susann's life mythical dimension in a mix of fact and fictionalized supporting characters that allows them to create a satire of popular culture and the flowering of celebrity worship from the '40s through the '70s that is as affectionate as it is hilarious.
July 6, 2001 |
Scientific researchers haven't yet proved that brain cells melt in the summer sun. But is empirical evidence really necessary to explain the perennial popularity of beach books, or pool novels, or whatever term publishing industry marketers conjure up to describe trashy entertainments as addictive as M&Ms? Did I say addictive? Yes. As habit-forming as Percodan, the What, Me Worry, mood-elevating painkiller. Or Valium, the Chanel of sedatives, simultaneously modern and classic.