Jacqueline Susann (August 20, 1918 – September 21, 1974) was an American author. Her first novel Valley of the Dolls is one of the best selling books of all time. Its success was fueled by an innovative worldwide promotional tour conceived by Susann and her husband, press agent Irving Mansfield. Susann's follow-up bestsellers, The Love Machine and Once Is Not Enough, made Susann the first author in history to have three #1 consecutive titles on The New York Times Best Seller List.
Jacqueline Susann was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Robert Susann, a portrait painter, and Rose Jans, a schoolteacher. In school, Susann was an intelligent but unmotivated student. She scored the highest on her class's IQ test, 140, prompting her mother to predict that she would someday become a good writer. Susann had other ideas—she wanted to be an actress. Susann's rocky relationship with her mother, as well as her starry eyed view of her roguish father, would later be woven into her novels. Although her parents hoped she would enter college, Susann left for New York City after graduating from West Philadelphia High School in 1936, to pursue an acting career.
In New York, Susann landed varied parts in movies, plays (such as The Women) and commercials. She met a press agent, Irving Mansfield (né Mandelbaum), who impressed her by placing items and photos of her in theater and society sections of New York newspapers. Although not sexually attracted to him, she married him on April 2, 1939 at Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia...
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