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Ann Patty and Geri Halliwell made news this week
Once is not enough
Adding to the recent Jacqueline Susann frenzy, Crown executive editor Ann Patty has just signed a six-figure deal for the sequel to the novelist’s 1966 megabest-seller Valley of the Dolls. Novelist Rae Lawrence (Satisfaction) will pen the follow-up using notes that Susann herself had made for a possible sequel to the 1967 movie starring Patty Duke and Sharon Tate. ”Anne and Neely are back; Anne is going to be working in the fashion industry, and that’s all we know,” says Ira Silverberg, the agent for the corporation that manages Susann’s literary legacy. Crown plans to publish The Shadow of the Dolls by the end of 2000.
Red-haired Spice Girl-turned-solo artist Geri Halliwell has signed a reported $500,000 deal to write her autobiography, If Only, for Delacorte. ”It’s an inspirational memoir for women of all ages,” says Leslie Schnur, editor in chief of Delacorte, which will publish the book in the fall.