Isn't She Great
|Isn't She Great|
|Directed by||Andrew Bergman|
|Produced by||Mike Lobell|
|Written by||Paul Rudnick (screenplay) based on material by Michael Korda (magazine article)|
David Hyde Pierce
|Music by||Burt Bacharach|
|Cinematography||Karl Walter Lindenlaub|
|Editing by||Barry Malkin|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||January 28, 2000 (US)|
|Running time||95 min.|
A highly fictionalized account of the life and career of best-selling author Jacqueline Susann, the Universal Pictures release focuses on her early struggles as an aspiring actress relentlessly hungry for fame, her relationship with Svengali-like press agent husband Irving Mansfield, with whom she had an institutionalized autistic son, her success as the author of Valley of the Dolls, and her battle with and subsequent death from breast cancer.
Paul Rudnick's screenplay, based on a 1995 New Yorker profile by Michael Korda, was directed by Andrew Bergman. The cast includes Bette Midler as Susann, Nathan Lane as Mansfield, Stockard Channing as Susann's gal pal Florence Maybelle, David Hyde Pierce as book editor Michael Hastings, and John Cleese as publisher Henry Marcus, with John Larroquette, Amanda Peet, Christopher McDonald, Debbie Shapiro, and Paul Benedict in supporting roles.
Midler was nominated for a Worst Actress Golden Raspberry Award. Opening in 750 US theatres on January 28, 2000, it was assaulted by the critics and shunned by the public, and domestically earned only $2,954,405 at the box office, far less than its cost of $36 million .
The film has been released on DVD.
- Bette Midler – Jacqueline Susann
- Nathan Lane – Irving Mansfield
- Stockard Channing – Florence Maybelle
- David Hyde Pierce – Michael Hastings
- John Cleese – Henry Marcus
- Amanda Peet – Debbie
- John Laroquette – Maury Manning
- Christopher McDonald – Brad Bradburn
- Dina Spybey – Bambi Madison
Awards and nominations
- Internet Movie Database listing
- New York Times review
- San Francisco Chronicle review
- Roger Ebert review