Today is the birthday of Jacqueline Susann, the Ultimate Leo Novelist & a total pioneer of the clit-lit confessional women’s genre. Before Jackie Collins, Sex & The City or the Real Housewives franchise, there was Jackie…
So Ultra-Leo was she that she parlayed an unsuccessful career as an actress into a three Number One bestsellers in a row publishing & banned books sensation via such tomes as Once Is Not Enough, The Love Machine & Valley of the Dolls.
All were based on her life & weirdly, her fame happened after diagnosis with a serious illness. Leonically, she said she bargained with God for ten more years of life that would involve fame and she got. She’s famously quoted as saying, upon the assassination of President Kennedy: “Why is everyone so sad? I’m the one whose book tour is gonna get cancelled.” She saw the 60s as being about “Andy Warhol, the Beatles & Me.”
Her genius and manic self-promotion efforts totally revolutionised book marketing. Culture was forever altered by the candour & humour with which she depicted the feminine life in all its myriad shades; She did a lot to out clandestine feminine issues of the time… Valley Of The Dolls book is seriously sensational, poignant & camp.
So the bargain with her God worked & she scored sensational success – she was so classically Leo that she was even quipping and making jokes on her death-bed. The ultimate Leos are like ludicrous alchemists – shit to gold 24-7.