One of the most scandalous books ever written was
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann.
The book centered around the lives of three women. Neely O'Hara (Patty Duke),Jennifer North (Sharon Tate),Anne Wells (Barbara Parkins)
The Valley of the Dolls book and movie were absolutely compelling to a teen age girl. Valley of the Dolls was an instant success when it was first published. Since then it has sold more than 30 million copies.
The main plotline revolved around the drugs the characters used to deal with the stress and complications arising from their rise to fame and success..The drugs the characters used were referred to as "Dolls". They were barbiturates (downers), Nembutol, Seconal, Tuinol and Amphetamines (uppers).
As was typical in the 1960's Hollywood stars often took these drugs to sleep and when they awoke groggy, they took amphetamines (speed) to wake up. Thus is the drama behind the lives of the three main characters. The movie is dated now (corny) and mostly humorous to watch. But in 1967 it was packed with sex, drugs, and violence galore.
This film was the main showcase for Sharon Tate who's life was tragically cut short by The Manson Family read more HERE Dionne Warwick sang the haunting love theme for the movie for a listen click HERE