Saturday, August 20, 2011

On August 20

On this day in ...
... 1918, Jacqueline Susann (right) (credit) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a mother who taught school and a father who painted portraits. After high school she moved to New York in search of an acting career; she would become a popular writer of racy novels and a colorful television celebrity. Her best known work is Valley of the Dolls (1966), a soapy and quintessentially '60s tale of drugs and sex that was made into a movie and a TV series. (book cover credit) Susann died from cancer in 1974, at age 56.

(Prior August 20 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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