Isn't She Great

Synopsis: An unsuccessful over-the-top actress becomes a successful over-the-top authoress in this biography of Jacqueline Susann, the famed writer of "Valley of the Dolls" and other trashy novels. Facing a failing career, Susann meets a successful promoter who becomes her husband. After several failures to place her in commercials and a TV quiz show, he hits upon the idea for her to become a writer. In the pre-1960s, her books were looked upon as trash and non-printable. But then the sexual revolution hit and an audience was born for her books. The story shows the hidden behind the scenes story of Susann's life, including her autistic son and her continuing bout with cancer that she hid up to her death.
Director(s): Andrew Bergman
Production: Universal Studios Home Video
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.4
Metacritic:
34
Rotten Tomatoes:
25%
R
Year:
2000
95 min
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I have a group of select clients,

primarily blue chip performers.

Do you know Perry Como?

Only every song! Every album!

I handle his brother...

Oh. ..in-law, ex.

A juggler. You know Danny Kaye?

Danny Kaye?!

Isn't he great? And you?

Me? Uh-huh.

Oh. Well, I'm...looking at several

major offers in different areas,

and, er, people have approached me.

I'm in negotiations. You understand.

Of course. You're in demand.

I wouldn't wanna rush into anything.

Savvy. Very wise.

Except maybe this.

Jackie? How deep is this?

How long will it take?

If I start choking and screaming,

don't listen! Miss Susann!

Just let me die! Just let me drown!

Get out of there.

You could catch something.

Germs, bacteria!

Tell the papers it was an accident!

Tell them I was about to make it big!

Here's your headline,

"A Star Sinks!"

That's good.

They won't print it!

There won't be a picture! Even if

I die! 'Cause I'm nothing! I'm nobody!

That's not true. If you

drown in the duck pond,

you'd get a big picture.

People would love it.

I haven't worked for over a year!

I haven't eaten in a week!

I can't get an agent!

I can't get an audition!

Hang on! They won't even let me

demonstrate margarine in a shop!

They say I'm too intense!

'Cause they're all morons.

You're not! You're gorgeous!

You're perfect for margarine.

But I'm not blonde! I'm not some

tiny little thing with blue eyes!

I'm not what they want

or what anybody wants!

That's not true! My whole life has been

the same story, over and over. I'm coming!

SHE SOBS:

Maury didn't want me.

I want you!

You do?

You want me? When Maury dumped you,

it tore me apart,

but I was glad, secretly.

That's why I left him. I quit!

You quit over me?

And because he fired me.

But that was his reason.

To me, it was all about you,

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Paul Rudnick

Paul M. Rudnick (born December 29, 1957) is an American playwright, novelist, screenwriter and essayist. His plays have been produced both on and off Broadway and around the world, and Ben Brantley, when reviewing Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told in The New York Times, wrote that, “Line by line, Mr. Rudnick may be the funniest writer for the stage in the United States today. more…

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