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The Bell Jar Details


Poet [[Performer~P313934~Sylvia Plath~sylviaplath]] wrote an immensely popular roman à clef, The Bell Jar, which chronicles a woman's descent from functioning as a highly educated, motivated, and capable young woman to being completely incapacitated at the hands of mental illness. Sadly, [[Performer~P313934~Plath~sylviaplath]] committed suicide at age 30, and did not have a chance to enjoy the success of her novel, which wasn't officially published in the United States until the early '70s. In this tragic tale, Esther Greenwood ([[Performer~P30944~Marilyn Hassett~marilynhassett]]) is the central figure, a college student on a publishing internship with a woman's magazine in Manhattan. As she begins to experience psychological difficulties, her troubles are compounded by the incredible insensitivity of the people around her. On one occasion, her boyfriend condescendingly berates her for taking an overdose of pills. Critics complained that this movie, which did not do well at the box office, failed to capture the evocative emotional tone of the novel. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi


Marilyn Hassett
as Esther
Julie Harris
as Mrs. Greenwood
Anne Jackson
as Dr. Nolan
Barbara Barrie
as Jay Cee
Donna Mitchell
as Joan
Robert Klein
as Lenny
Jameson Parker
as Buddy
Thaao Penghlis
as Marco
Debbie McLeod
as Betsy
Meg Mundy
as Bea Ramsey
Elizabeth Hubbard
as Vikki St. John
Margaret Hall
as Jane McLode


Larry Peerce
Tony Lamarca
Robert A. Goldstone
Larry Peerce
Andrew Bonime
Sylvia Plath
Book Author
Gerald Fried
Composer (Music Score)
Janis Ian
Composer (Music Score)
Marvin Wallowitz
Donald Brooks
Costume Designer