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Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (1998)

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The flamboyant novelist who brought the world such deathless literary masterpieces as Valley of the Dolls and Once is Not Enough is the subject of this made-for-cable biopic. Michele Lee stars as Jacqueline Susann, a second-string actress and well-known party girl who turned to journalism after her marriage to producer Irving Mansfield (Peter Reigert). Though constantly surrounded by Show Business Glitterati, Susann would not achieve celebrity status herself until age 47, when she published the lurid best-seller Valley of the Dolls. Though outwardly giving the impression that she was tough as nails and utterly invulnerable, Susann in truth had her share of anguish and tragedy, coping with the challenge of raising an autistic son, struggling against substance abuse, and ultimately waging a long, losing battle against breast cancer. According to studio publicity, star Michele Lee (who also served as executive producer) wore some of Susann's own jewelry and wardrobe in the course of making the film. Largely based on the biography by Barbara Seaman, Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story made its USA network debut on December 9, 1998, several months before Bette Midler's theatrically released spin on the Susann legend, Isn't She Great.

Cast

Michele Lee
as Jacqueline Susann
Peter Riegert
as Irving Mansfield
James Farentino
as Bernard Geis
Barbara Parkins
as Annie Laurie Williams
Goldie Semple
as Rose Susann
Kenneth Welsh
as Robert Susann
Sherry Miller
as Bea Cole
Jeff Douglas
as Guy Mansfield
Laurie Paton
as Joyce Matthews
Sandra O'Neill
as Benay Venuta
Gloria Slade
as Ethel Merman
Maria Syrgiannis
as Bernadette
Lorry Ayers
as Bernadette
Dara Perlmutter
as Young Jackie Susann
Ben Bass
as Rex Reed
Asa Perlman
as Young Guy Mansfield
Kevin Jubinville
as Doug Lacoste
Kevin Hicks
as Don Preston
Tracey Hoyt
as Harper Lee
Leila Johnson
as Patty Duke
Daniel Kash
as Joe E. Lewis
Mary Long
as Sylvia
Melanie Peterson
as Susan Hayward
Valerie Venema
as Sharon Tate
Jason Paul Carter
as Stephen Sondheim
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