Saturday, August 20, 2011


All in a line 
All in a line 
They're all in a line 
Like adult books I don't understand 
Jackie Susann meant it that way
From their 1981 song, "Adult Books."

Jacqueline Susann was born on this date in 1918.  Susann was an actress, TV-show host, playwright and author who married her press agent, who had wooed her by placing items about her in the theater and society pages of  the New York City papers.  She cheated on him more than once -- perhaps with women as well as men.  (It is even rumored that she had an affair with fashion designer Coco Chanel and pursued Broadway legend Ethel Merman.)

Susann's 1966 novel, Valley of the Dolls, eventually sold 30 million copies.  It was quite explicit for its era, and I remember sneaking many peeks at my grandmother's copy of it.

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