Lunch Break: A Look Back at Jacqueline Susann's ‘Valley of the Dolls’

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We owe a lot to Jacqueline Susann.

Without the writer's salacious novel, Valley of the Dolls, and its big-screen adaptation, Lana Del Rey would be just another flat-haired singer, and jazz-handing to "sparkle, Neely, sparkle!" would elicit stares of confusion instead of a nodded understanding of Patty Duke's histrionics.

Legions of ladies hoping to emulate that LDR coiff and Kewpie eyes can look back to Jennifer North, Neely O'Hara, and Anne Welles for style pointers in the ultimate cautionary tale of pill-popping gone wrong.

Today is Susann's birthday, so head to the library to pick up her campy tale of big city ambition or better yet, rent the flick and pick up some gel eyeliner in memory.