Monday, March 14, 2016

‘Valley of the Dolls,’ Pitched to a New Generation

Jacqueline Susann with truck drivers and distributors of her novel, “Valley of the Dolls.” Credit Curt Johnson
“It is very Tumblr-friendly,” said Whitney Robinson of “Valley of the Dolls,” the novel by his stepgrandmother Jacqueline Susann that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
With 31 million copies sold to date and 30 foreign editions that place the book in the best-selling ranks of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Gone With the Wind,” “Valley” is hardly obscure.

It’s a coming-of-age story that follows Anne, Jennifer and Neely, friends who contend with pretty much all seven deadly sins on their path to fame, from 1945 to 1965. The cult 1967 movie version starred Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate and Patty Duke, and their big-haired, Pucci-swathed looks and melodramatic lines are frequently invoked by entertainment and design professionals to this day.

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