One of the most scandalous books ever written was
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann.
The book centered around the lives of three women.
Neely O'Hara (Patty Duke)
Jennifer North (Sharon Tate)
Anne Wells (Barbara Parkins)
The Valley of the Dolls book and movie were absolutely
compelling to a teen age girl. Valley of the Dolls was an
instant success when it was first published. Since then it
has sold more than 30 million copies.
The main plotline revolved around the drugs the characters
used to deal with the stress and complications arising from
their rise to fame and success..
The drugs the characters used were referred to as "Dolls".
They were barbiturates (downers), Nembutol, Seconal,
Tuinol and Amphetamines (uppers).
As was typical in the 1960's Hollywood stars often took
these drugs to sleep and when they awoke groggy, they took
amphetamines (speed) to wake up. Thus is the drama behind
the lives of the three main characters.
The movie is dated now (corny) and mostly humorous to watch.
But in 1967 it was packed with sex, drugs, and violence galore.
This film was the main showcase for Sharon Tate who's life was
tragically cut short by The Manson Family read more HERE
Dionne Warwick sang the haunting love theme for the movie
for a listen click HERE