Jacqueline Susann

Novelist + Actress
Born Aug 20, 1918
Hometown Philadelphia, Pen...
Died Sep 21, 1974
Death Place New York City, Ne...

Jacqueline Susann was an American novelist. Her most famous work is Valley of the Dolls.

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1918 Birth Born on August 20, 1918.


1936 17 Years Old By the time Susann entered high school, she was dabbling in drugs and had earned the reputation of being a party girl. 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. … Read More


1939 20 Years Old The ploy worked, and the couple married on April 2, 1939, at Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia. … Read More
1942 23 Years Old In 1942, Susann met comedian Joe E. Lewis and the two began an affair.
1943 24 Years Old Susann fell hard for Lewis which prompted her to write Mansfield a "Dear John" letter shortly after he was drafted by the United States Army in 1943. … Read More
1944 25 Years Old In late 1944, Mansfield and Susann got back together, and in 1946, the couple had a son whom they named Guy. … Read More
1945 26 Years Old 1 More Event
For decades, rumors have persisted that Susann was bisexual. The rumors began around 1945 when Susann appeared in A Lady Says Yes, with Carole Landis. … Read More


1951 32 Years Old In 1951, Susann hosted a talk show on the DuMont Television Network called Jacqueline Susann's Open Door but the show lasted less than two months.
1955 36 Years Old In 1955, Susann acquired her poodle Josephine, and a contract to be the fashion commentator for "Schiffli Lace" on the Night Time, New York program. … Read More


1959 40 Years Old There are also reports that Susann had an affair with the fashion designer Coco Chanel in 1959, and she repeatedly attempted to start a physical relationship with the Broadway stage and film actress Ethel Merman. … Read More
1961 42 Years Old She continued to be the "Schiffli Girl" until 1961. … Read More
1962 43 Years Old Around that time, Susann developed breast cancer. She had a mastectomy on December 27, 1962, but she kept the cancer a secret. … Read More
1966 47 Years Old Valley of the Dolls was initially rejected by some publishers; however, Susann persisted, and when the novel was published on February 10, 1966, it was an immediate hit. … Read More


1969 50 Years Old However, not everyone was a fan. On July 24, 1969, author Truman Capote, himself a talk show regular and a controversial figure, created a media storm when he appeared on The Tonight Show. … Read More
1973 54 Years Old 1 More Event
After suffering from a persistently bad cough as well as breathing problems for quite some time, Susann checked into Doctors Hospital on January 11, 1973, hoping to resolve the cough before her upcoming book tour which was to begin in March. … Read More
1974 56 Years Old Died on September 21, 1974.
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