Valley of the Dolls - Study Guide Anne, January, 1948 Summary & Analysis

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Anne, January, 1948 Summary

Anne Welles meets Kevin Gillmore, the owner of Gillian Cosmetics, at the going-away party for French film producer Claude Chardot. Kevin wants her to represent his product exclusively. Anne does not want to leave her job with Bellamy and Bellows, but Jennifer North (Polar) suggests that she is only keeping it as a link to Lyon Burke. She breaks the news to Anne that Lyon was in New York to see his publisher but returned to England without contacting her. Henry Bellamy helps her draft a lucrative contract for her new position.

Anne, January, 1948 Analysis

Kevin Gillmore's explanation for why he prefers Anne's natural good looks to Jennifer's carefully crafted beauty is an example of how advertisers manipulate the public. In the world created by the novel, even ordinary women are responsible for creating and maintaining a beautiful fa├žade.

Lyon does not contact Anne...

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