Celebrating the life of Jackie Collins

British born author Jackie Collins who was a pioneer in the field of Hollywood gossip, and firmly believed the truth was stranger than fiction, recently passed away from breast cancer.

Vanity Fair magazine called Jackie Collins “Hollywood’s own Marcel Proust”

Jackie Collins, the best-selling British born author of Hollywood’s best gossip and 32 racy novels, who broke new ground for female fiction writers, was made an OBE in 2013, and who sold more than 500 million of her books such as Hollywood Lives and The Stud, passed away at the age of 77 on the 19th September 2015 from breast cancer.

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Jackie with Roger Moore in The Saint

Her first paperback The World is Full of Married Men was released in 1968 and was her first best-seller (although was considered so raunchy it was banned for a time in Australia).

Going public with her illness just six days earlier in her last interview with US magazine People, on 14 September at her Beverly Hills home, Collins said she had no regrets about her decision to keep her diagnosis six and a half years ago private.

Jackie was not afraid to tell it as it was 

“Looking back, I’m not sorry about anything I did. I did it my way, as Frank Sinatra would say. I’ve written five books since the diagnosis. I’ve lived my life, I’ve travelled all over the world. I have not turned down book tours and no-one has even known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it. Now I want to save other people’s lives,” she said.

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Jackie promoting her most recent book, The Santangelos 

Famous for her impressive work ethic, good nature and tongue-in-cheek humour Jackie once admitted, “I write about real people in disguise,” she says. “If anything, my characters are toned down — the truth is much more bizarre.”

When she was interviewed in 2011 by The Associated Press, Collins said, “Sex is a driving force in the world, so I don’t think it’s unusual that I write about sex. I try to make it erotic, too.”

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The dynamic and gorgeous Jackie Collins will be greatly missed

She certainly did and will be forever remembered for it.

Charles Dickens was a writing inspiration and although her work was considered not quite as literary as her idol, she laughed all the way to the bank. “I never pretended to be a literary writer,” she has said, “I’m a school drop-out.” Love or hate her books everyone has to admire her determination, success and the respect she garnered over four decades as a novelist.

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Her most recent book, The Santangelos is described as, “A vicious hit. A vengeful enemy. A drug addled Colombian club owner. A sex crazed Italian family. And the ever powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with them all.”

Jackie’s devastated elder sister Dame Joan Collins, 82, posted a picture of herself and her sister, saying, “Farewell to my beautiful brave baby sister. I will love you and miss you forever. Rest in peace.”

Joan Collins with her late sister Jackie Collins

Joan also said, "She was my best friend. I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her."

While Jackie’s three daughters Tracy, 54, Tiffany, 48, and Rory, 46 issued an official statement saying, “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer today. She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining over four decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail-blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words”.

A beautiful family photo of Jackie with her three daughters

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(Photos: Twitter / Jackie Collins / Facebook)

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