A couple of years ago, Debbie Millman and I were staying at the Parker in Palm Springs. No, we weren’t there together for a romantic getaway. There were 13 other designers there also. Debbie began reading a copy of Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls that was in her room. When we left, she mentioned that she’d like to own a first edition. I immediately began looking for one, but before I could track one down, Debbie had bought her own. If you don’t have time to read, or prefer to look at books with pictures only, I suggest watching the movie. Forget reading Machiavelli for tips on politics and business. Valley of the Dolls will give you all the information you need when you want to get your way. Throwing tantrums, overdosing, blackmail, seduction, and back-stabbing are all covered thoroughly.
Here are some examples of some of the dialogue that can be used for almost any situation:
When you don’t feel like getting up from the sofa and want some soda: ”I can’t feel my legs!”
This can be said at any design conference if someone looks at you funny: ”I don’t need ANYBODY. I got talent, BIG talent.”
I like to say this when I tell everyone that they need to work over the weekend while I plan on reading by the pool: ”Having FUN kiddies?”
If someone suggests an independent film that sounds dull: ”Art films? Nudies! That’s all they are. Nudies.”
This is good to say loudly on your cell phone in any public setting: ”You told me Gramp’s been sick, Mother, and I know about the oil burner. Okay, I’ll pawn the mink. He’ll give me a couple hundred for it. Mother, I know I don’t have any talent, and I know I all I have is a body, and I am doing my bust exercises. Goodbye, Mother. I’ll wire you the money first thing in the morning. Goodbye.”