Isn’t She Great?
This story of Jacqueline Susann, the author of Valley Of The Dolls and other such tell-all immorality tales, is a fanciful look at the novelist who reinvented herself after a disappointing string of failures in other areas of show business. Although she had little in common with the skills of her profession, she struck a nerve with the public’s interest in the scandalous. Indeed, she paved the way for other such authors of sex-oriented potboilers, like Jackie Collins and Danielle Steel.
Ms. Susann was reviled by serious authors and considered uncouth and brash by many who knew her, but she had a flamboyant public persona that made her interesting to those with whom she came in contact. The actress playing her (Bette Midler), also known for being tough and often flashy/gaudy, emphasizes that side of her in this darkly-humored look at members of the entertainment industry.
The trailers show the funny side of this film, but it also deals with serious subject matter such as the lead dealing with her autistic child, and later dealing with breast cancer.