Fun Facts Friday: Jacqueline Susann

August 19, 2011

Tomorrow will be the birthday of bestselling author Jacqueline Susann (August 20, 1918 – September 21, 1974). While many people had issues with Ms. Susann’s writing skills, she did write several best sellers.

1 )      Jacqueline’s father, Robert, was a portrait painter, her mother, Rose Jans, was a school teacher.

2 )      Jacqueline was known as an intelligent, but lazy student. When Jacqueline scored 140 on her IQ test it prompted her mother to predict that she would become a good writer.

3 )      Wanting to become an actress, Jacqueline participated in seven movies or TV shows.

4 )      Jacqueline hosted a TV talk show called Jacqueline Susann’s Open Door which only lasted about two months.

5 )       “Valley of the Dolls” was rejected by several publishers before becoming a hit.

6 )      The book broke several sales records (it sold around 30 million copies).

7 )      Jacqueline made a cameo appearance as a reporter in the film “Valley of the Dolls”.

8 )      Even though she was in it, Jacqueline hated the film adaptation of her book and walked out of the premiere.

9 )      Jacqueline had three books on the bestseller list all at once. The books were “The Love Machine”, “Valley of the Dolls” and “Once is Not Enough”

10)   At the time of her death, “Valley of the Dolls” was the bestselling novel of all time with 17 million copies.

Zohar – Man of la Book

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3 Comments

  • Debbie August 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Oh, yes – I remember when Valley of the Dolls was published – and the ensuing ten years…considered junk then, but that never stopped anyone from reading a book, did it? LOL

  • Carin Siegfried August 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I adored Valley of the Dolls! I know it’s terrible but it was also awesome at the same time. Perfect for poolside reading with a large, brightly colored drink.

  • Jon Welling August 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I’m not as familiar with this author’s work. My wife might be. I’ll have to ask her.

    None the less, any author should be remember after their passing. Putting your words on paper that has an effect on even one persons life is something worth being remembered.

    Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My!

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