Fox Archives: 50 years ago…‘Valley of the Dolls’ (1967)

Fox Archives: 50 years ago…‘Valley of the Dolls’ (1967)

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In December of 1967, the film “Valley of the Dolls” premiered in U.S. theaters. The film was a massive production that was shot in many locations on the East and West Coast, with glamorous costumes and trendsetting hair and makeup. The story detailed the lives of three heroines as they struggled with fame, depression, and their dependence on alcohol and drugs.

Fifty years later, here is a look back at the production of the now cult classic:

‘Valley of the Dolls’ (1967)

“Valley of the Dolls” is based on the 1966 best-selling novel of the same title. Here, the novel’s author, Jacqueline Sussan, visits the Fox Lot and poses for a publicity shot. Note the frame numbering: “P-1218.” Each film title in the archive will have numbers associated with the different photographic subsets related to that title. The numbers were given to the images by the Publicity Department and were used to help organize the publicity photography for the film.

“Valley of the Dolls” is based on the 1966 best-selling novel of the same title. Here, the novel’s author, Jacqueline Sussan, visits the Fox Lot and poses for a publicity shot. Note the frame numbering: “P-1218.” Each film title in the archive will have numbers associated with the different photographic subsets related to that title. The numbers were given to the images by the Publicity Department and were used to help organize the publicity photography for the film.

The Fox Archives is mandated to collect, catalog, preserve and make accessible the following assets of the 20th Century Fox studios: props, set decoration, photographs, art department and publicity materials from our film and television productions, and from the 20th Century Fox studio itself. We work primarily with internal Fox groups but also from time to time with outside organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.