Isn't She Great (2000)

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An unsuccessful over-the-top actress becomes a successful over-the-top authoress in this biography of Jacqueline Susann, the famed writer of "The 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 which she hid up until her death.

"Isn't She Great" is a 2000 American biographical comedy-drama movie directed by Andrew Bergman. The movie script by Paul Rudnick is a semi-fictionalized account of the life and career of author Jacqueline Susann, represented by Bette Midler. She was said to be the very first writer to actually comprehend the medium of television and made her books such as "Valley of the Dolls" sell by appearing routinely on talk shows.

Plot Summary
The film starts in the 1960s, presenting Jacqueline Susann (Bette Midler) as a having a hard time, iconoclastic actress in New York City. In spite of her skill, she had always discovered it difficult to break into the mainstream scene because recognized actresses got the functions she auditioned for. Her devoted buddy and press agent, Irving Mansfield (Nathan Lane), supports her endeavors. Following a series of unsuccessful roles on Broadway, Susann and Mansfield decide to invest their efforts into writing and start to concentrate on her preliminary novel, "The Valley of the Dolls".

The Power Couple
Susann and Mansfield wed and become parents to an autistic child. Their household experiences work as the foundation for Susann's novel, which incites a cultural transformation in its frank discussions about the extreme truths of Hollywood, consisting of drug abuse, sex, and failed dreams. She ends up being a sign of modification in the years and her partner, ever the devoted PR man, makes sure that her book is marketed to the ideal audiences, quickly making it a best-seller.

Fame and Consequences
Despite her fame and achievement, Susann remains deeply insecure, viewing her success as a way of thumbing her nose at her critics, instead of a satisfying conclusion of her talent and effort. In addition, her aggressive pursuit of fame and fortune creates a stress in her relationships, particularly with her longtime editor, Michael Hastings (David Hyde Pierce), who is battling his own insecurities.

Facing Adversity
Susann's health decreases when she gets diagnosed with breast cancer. However, she remains strong-willed, despite the fact that she has to face the reality of writing another book while being ill. Her health worsens, and after surgical treatment, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment, she ends up being bedridden however likewise gets her cherished desire to be listed in the Guinness World Records as the world's bestselling author.

"Isn't She Great" shows transformative years in Susann's life, supplying a window into her journey conquering hardship to fulfill her dreams. The film perfectly records the journey of Jacqueline Susann from an under-credited starlet to a bestselling author. Bette Midler, as Jacqueline, offers an engaging efficiency, celebrating both the spirit of Susann and the turbulent period she assisted shape. The film showcases the love and support of her ever-supportive other half, Irving Mansfield, deeply humanizing both characters and their struggle. In the middle of the difficulties they come across, Jacqueline and Irving's relationship stays stable and joined in their shared love and regard for each other. Their story is one of determination and strength, a testament to enduring versus all odds to satisfy one's fate.

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