Valley Of The Dolls: The Record Breaking Book Of The ‘60s

By | October 19, 2021

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Source: (IMDb).

Before there was 50 Shades of Grey, Jacqueline Susann published a book in 1966 which took the bestseller charts by storm. This novel, Valley of the Dolls, entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 1974 as the most popular novel on the planet. By 2016, Valley of the Dolls sold more than 31 million copies, despite the fact that it got less than favorable reviews. While the novel lacked style, subtlety, and complexity, it definitely had plot, and Time Magazine called it “the dirty book of the month.” Some even criticized the author, with Truman Capote calling Susann “a truck driver in drag.”

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Jacqueline Susann in 1951. Source: (Wikipedia).

The Book Was Based On Real Life

Susann, who had moved to New York City when she was young to pursue a career in acting, based the book on the lives of some of the top actresses of the time, although different sources name different actresses. The characters in the novel lived lives that seemed taken out of a soap opera and took uppers and downers to cope with the drama; the uppers and downers that the women ingested were the “dolls” referred to in the title. Prior to their drug-addled descents, the women all have pretty specific goals: fame, fortune, and men, and they are all in a rush to reach their goals since they have a short time before they age.