The women, from the film based on the book. Source: (Pinterest).
The Dolls Refers To The Pills The Women Take
The novel, which is set primarily in New York City, follows the lives of three women and spans twenty years, from 1945 to 1965. One of the women, Anne Welles, left her hometown to head to New York to find excitement. She meets Ethel “Neely” O’Neill, who is a struggling dancer, at the boarding house where they are both staying. Finally, Anne becomes friends with Jennifer North, a model who tries to sing, dance, and act, despite the fact that she cannot do any of them. The three women find the fame they are seeking, marry, and get involved with lovers, eventually turning to drugs. After all of the drama and the spectacular falls the characters experience, Neely’s career is destroyed by alcohol and drugs, while Jennifer starts to make soft-core pornography to pay the bills, and Anne starts popping pills. Jennifer is eventually diagnosed with breast cancer and commits suicide because she is convinced that people only love her for her body. Anne’s husband, Lyon, has been having an affair with Neely, and, although he breaks that off, he continues to have affairs and Anne accepts that she will eventually become numb. Its over-the-top drama should, according to Susann, show “that a woman in a ranch house with three kids had a better life than what happened up there at the top.”