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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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

Jacqueline Susann watches people waiting in line at the Radio City Music Hall to see Once Is Not Enough. Susann died the year before this movie was released. See more »

Quotes

Jacqueline Susann: You're a tight-ass and a smart cookie, but are you my friend?
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Connections

References Once Is Not Enough (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Open Your Heart
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Produced by Keith Thomas
For Yellow Elephant Music, Inc.
Performed by Vanessa Williams
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Thank goodness I'm a Niles fan.
10 February 2000 | by 2boldlyyoSee all my reviews

Well! We went to this movie just to see "Niles" and were surprised by how much we enjoyed it. I'm afraid it won't do as well as it deserves because people don't understand what it's about or don't know how good it is. Of course, it's understood that you have to enjoy the Divine Miss M. at her flamboyant best and you have to appreciate that Nathan Lane played the role exactly as it should have been played--he was there, just as Irving was, to support the main character. It also helps if you remember the fashions and hairstyles of the 60's. This is the era of Yak at its tacky best.

To reviewers who complain that the movie can't make up its mind whether it's a comedy, drama etc. I say give me a movie with variety. Anytime I can laugh and cry at the same movie, I've had a good time. And my husband enjoyed it too! Thank goodness I'm a Niles fan. Otherwise, I probably would have missed this movie.


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