Valley of the Dolls - Neely, 1953 Summary & Analysis

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For three years Neely O'Hara has stuck with a failed marriage to Ted Casablanca because the head of the movie studio that employs them does not want the bad publicity a divorce would bring. The night Neely wins an Academy Award, Ted is at her side and she believes that their troubles are behind them. He leaves her at home, however, to spend the night with a girlfriend. This is the last straw. Neely insists to the studio head that she be allowed to divorce and that they cancel Ted's contract. The studio complies.

Neely starts abusing her position as a money-making star. She bullies directors, blows off rehearsals, and in general delays production of her movies. One film actually lose money because she drove costs up so high. Her director compares her unfavorably to Helen Lawson by saying that no matter what Helen did, she always...

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