*Read John Williams’ biography here
Valley of the Dolls
This 1967 drama was directed by Mark Robson and is based on the bestselling 1966 novel by Jacqueline Susann. The movie stars Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Sharon Tate and Susan Hayward and is about three girls who come to Hollywood to make it big but find only heartbreak, addiction and tragedy.
There are two versions of theme song (below). The theme song has lyrics and was originally intended for Judy Garland, however she was fired from the film. This version was written by Andre and Dory Previn. Jacqueline Susann (the author of the book the movie is based on) wrote her own lyrics because she didn’t believe Previns’ lyrics established the story’s background. The title track was instead sung by Dionne Warwick, however because she was signed to a different record company, her version isn’t included on the soundtrack album. Because of this, when Warwick released a version of the song with her record company it differed from the John Williams’ version.
Williams’ received his first Academy Award nomination for this movie (for Best Music (Scoring of Music – Adaptation or Treatment)) but was beaten by Camelot.
I haven’t seen the movie and it doesn’t sound like one I’d enjoy. I’m also not a huge fan of the music. What do you think – thumbs up or thumbs down?