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Literature: Valley of the Dolls
"When you're climbing Mount Everest, nothing is easy. You just take one step at a time, never look back and always keep your eyes glued to the top."

Valley of the Dolls is a 1966 novel by Jacqueline Susann. It follows the lives of three women (Anne Welles, Neely O'Hara, and Jennifer North) from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. They start out as roommates in New York, and each of them achieves fame and fortune, with plenty of ups and downs along the way.

"Dolls" is a slang term for pills (particularly sleeping pills and weight loss pills). Almost everyone in the book pops them like candy.

It was adapted into film twice. The first adaptation, in 1967, starred Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, Paul Burke, Martin Milner, and Susan Hayward, and was hated by critics yet was a huge box-office hit; today it's seen as a So Bad, It's Good Cult Classic. The second adaptation was a Made-for-TV Movie in 1981. It also had a parody pseudo-sequel, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, in 1970 that was made by '60s/'70s schlockmeister Russ Meyer.


This novel provides examples of:


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alternative title(s): Valley Of The Dolls; Valley Of The Dolls
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