From the author of The New York Times #1 bestselling novel The Carpetbaggers comes the gut-wrenching story of one woman’s battle to break free of the male-dominated, sexual pay-to-play culture of Hollywood.... THE LONELY LADY
Jeri Lee Randall is a young girl with dreams of being a writer. While she is discovering her own sexuality, she meets Walter Thornton, Jr., son of the world-famous playwright, Walter Thornton, Sr., whom she idolizes. After a humiliating “near” sexual encounter with JeriLee, Walt, Jr. participates in a brutal assault that traumatizes her and triggers unfettered chaos in their small, gossipy town.
Trying to make amends for the deplorable behavior of his son, Walt’s father befriends JeriLee. Despite their age difference the two become close and eventually marry. Inevitably, their union unravels, and JeriLee embarks on a path of sexual liberation in her pursuit of success—from stints in sleazy strip clubs to rendezvous on the casting couches of Hollywood moguls and eventually to the twilight world of drugs—moving restlessly from man to man and woman to woman. Can she find success in a brutal world while retaining her dignity, honesty, and the self-respect developed in her youth? As she struggles to retain her dreams of stardom, can her strength and cunning save her from Hollywood’s death grip, allowing her to beat the smooth talking power players at their own game?
When it was originally published in 1976, The Lonely Lady spent 24 weeks on the bestseller list turning Hollywood on its ear. Could anyone have predicted then that JeriLee’s story would still be so shockingly relevant over forty years later?