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Isn't She Great (2000)

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. ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrew Bergman

Writers:

Michael Korda (article), Paul Rudnick (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Jacqueline Susann
Nathan Lane ... Irving Mansfield
Stockard Channing ... Florence Maybelle
David Hyde Pierce ... Michael Hastings
John Cleese ... Henry Marcus
John Larroquette ... Maury Manning
Amanda Peet ... Debbie
Terrence Labrosse Terrence Labrosse ... Radio actor
Jeffrey Ross ... Shecky
Christopher McDonald ... Brad Bradburn (as Christopher MacDonald)
Paul Benedict ... Prof. Brainiac
Dina Spybey-Waters ... Bambi Madison (as Dina Spybey)
Pauline Little Pauline Little ... Leslie Barnett
William Hill ... Passerby
Mal Z. Lawrence ... Mort
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Storyline

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. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Talent isn't everything.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal

Country:

UK | Germany | Canada | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ela É um Sucesso See more »

Filming Locations:

Hudson, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,368,705, 30 January 2000

Gross USA:

$2,962,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,003,296
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Truman Capote recanted his insult about Jacqueline Susann. He apologized to the truckers. See more »

Goofs

When Irving is reading aloud from the last page of the Valley of the Dolls manuscript, what he is saying is totally different from text seen in a close-up of the last page, an actual transcript of the book's real ending. See more »

Quotes

Michael Hastings: It's bestselling pap!
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Connections

References Godzilla (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny's Theme
Written by Paul Anka, Johnny Carson
Performed by Doc Severinsen & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Amherst Records, Inc.
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Not as bad as it's cracked up to be.
6 November 2004 | by PeterB2422See all my reviews

I've caught "Isn't She Great" several times now (It seems to be eternally running on the movie channels).

This was a monster flop when it came out, barely released, but it does a fine job of capturing the era.

The main attraction of this film is the acting of the leads. Both Nathan Lane and Bette Midler can come off incredibly stagy on film, but their style works well with these characters. Jackie Suzanne was larger than life. They both manage to bring a true sense of sweetness to their roles.

Particular note must be made of David Hyde Pierce as her editor. This actor fits very well in this era. Also, John Cleese is a hoot as the publisher. Wish there were more of him in the movie.

Give this one a chance. A period piece from a currently unhip period.


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