Broadway & Jacqueline Susann

Carole Landis
Carole on stage in A Lady Says Yes

In 1945 Carole made her Broadway debut in a new musical called A Lady Says Yes. She moved to New York City and signed a one year lease on a Park Avenue apartment. Carole said that her friend George Jessell had convinced her to do the show. The plot of A Lady Says Yes was about a Navy lieutenant who hallucinates during surgery and imagines himself back in 1500's Venice. Carole played a beautiful seductress named Ghisella. She got to sing several songs including "Without a Caress" and "Don't Wake Them Up Too Soon". In a letter she wrote "It's fun to be in a musical again. We have songs by Arthur Gershwin and I think they'll be very popular. The costumes are lovely." The cast included burlesque star Christine Ayres, Sue Ryan, Buddy Morris, and Jacqueline Susann. A Lady Says Yes was previewed on December 9, 1944 in Philadelphia. The show had its Broadway premiere on January 10, 1945 at the Broadhurst theater.

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    Jacqueline Susann, Carole, and Christine Ayres

On opening night Carole got unexpected laughs when the zipper of dress came undone and exposed her back. She and the cast performed eight shows a week. Unfortunately almost all of the reviews for the A Lady Says Yes were negative. One critic said "the new musical is at best second-rate". Carole's performance got better reviews but most of the critics focused on her appearance. Walter Winchell said "The only good lines in it are those Mother Nature gave Carole Landis". A Lady Says Yes was not a hit and it closed in March after only eighty-seven performances. Carole kept some of the dresses from the show and she later wore one in Brass Monkey. While appearing in A Lady Says Yes Carole began a romantic relationship with her female costar Jacqueline Susann. In 1966 Jacqueline wrote the best-selling novel Valley Of The Dolls. The character of Jennifer North,a voluptuous actress who commits suicide, was based loosely on Carole.

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