Valley of the Dolls

24 July 2023

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You've got to climb to the top of Mount Everest 

to reach the Valley of the Dolls. 

It's a brutal climb to reach that peak, 

which so few have seen.

You never knew what was really up there, 

but the last thing you expected to find was the Valley of the Dolls. You stand there, waiting for the rush of exhilaration you thought you'd feel - but it doesn't come. You're too far away to hear the applause and take your bows. And there's no place left to climb. You're alone, and the feeling of loneliness is overpowering. you're a hero. But it was more fun at the bottom when you started, All you saw was the top of that mountain- there was no one to tell you

The air is so thin you can scarcely breathe.

You've made it and the world says

with nothing more than hope and the dream of fulfillment.

about the Valley of the Dolls. 

But it's different when you reach the summit. 

The elements have left you battered, deafened, sightless and too weary to enjoy your victory.

Anne Welles had never meant to start the climb. 

Yet, unwittingly, she took her first step the day she looked around and said to herself, "This is not enough- I want something more." And when she met Lyon Burke it was too late to turn back.

Before Jackie Collins, Candace Bushnell and Lena Dunham, Jacqueline Susann held the world rapt with her tales of the private passions of Hollywood starlets, high-powered industrialists and the jet-set. Valley of the Dolls took the world by storm when it was first published, fifty years ago. Never had a book been so frank about sex, drugs and show business. It is often sited as the bestselling novel of all time. Dolls – red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight. For Anne, Neely and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three beautiful women become best friends when they are young and in New York, struggling to make their names in the entertainment industry. Only when they reach the peak of their careers do they find there’s nowhere left to go but down – to the Valley of the Dolls.