|Valley Of The Dolls
"YOU'VE GOT TO CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST TO REACH THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. IT'S A BRUTAL CLIMB TO REACH THAT PEAK. YOU STAND THERE, WAITING FOR THE RUSH OF EXHILARATION. YOU'RE ALONE... AND THE FEELING OF LONELINESS IS OVERPOWERING.......
from the novel "Valley of the Dolls" by Jacqueline Susan
Susan was persuaded to return to Twentieth Century Fox to replace Judy Garland in the film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls"--a tale of
the rise and fall of three female stars and their drug problems. "Dolls" was already in production, but Garland's own pill problems had become so acute that even after a week of shooting, no usable film footage of Garland's scenes could be obtained. Producer David Weisbart finally had to let her go before she jeopardized the whole picture. Although sympathetic to Garland's dismissal, Susan accepted the offer to replace Garland.
Her agent, however, did arrange a spectacular deal: fifty thousand dollars for two week's work, and a special framed billing at the end of the cast list: SUSAN HAYWARD AS HELEN LAWSON. The role consisted of only four scenes, but they were pivotal. She reported to work at her own "home studio" (20th Century Fox), early on Monday, May 15....Jack Bradford, then the "Rambling Reporter" columnist for a Hollywood trade paper, remembers catching up with Susan as she stepped down from her limousine onto the Twentieth lot to meet with David Weisbart. Mark Robson, and the cast. "It's great to be here again." she smiled. "As long as I know I can go home again."........excerpted from "Susan Hayward: Portrait Of A Survivor" by Beverly Linet...Atheneum....New York...1980.n
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