Jackie Collins OBE (born Jacqueline Jill Collins; 4 October 1937 – 19 September 2015) was a British romantic fiction writer. She moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s and spent most of her career there. In total, she wrote 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. Her books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages. Eight of her novels have been adapted for television or film.
Collins was born in London, the first child of Joseph William Collins, a agent, and his wife Elsa Bessant. She had two younger sisters, Billie and Joan, who both went on to become actresses. Collins was educated at St. Hilda’s School for Girls, an independent school in London.
Collins began her career as a actress, making her film debut in the 1950 British drama The Last Days of Dolwyn. She subsequently appeared in a number of British films, including The Girl in the Picture (1951), Decameron Nights (1953), and The Good Time Girl (1958). In 1957, she moved to Los Angeles, where she began working in television. Her first role was on the anthology series Playhouse 90 (1957–1961). She subsequently appeared in episodes of a number of other television series, including Wagon Train (1957–1965), The Untouchables (1959–1963), The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971), and Burke’s Law (1963–1966).
Collins made her Broadway debut in the play The World of Susie Wong (1960). She subsequently appeared in a number of other stage productions, including the musicals Funny Girl (1964) and Sugar Babies (1979).
Collins’ first novel, The World Is Full of Married Men (1968), was published to critical acclaim and became a bestseller. It was followed by a number of other successful novels, including The Stud (1969), The Bitch (1979), Chances (1981), Hollywood Wives (1983), and Lucky (1986).
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Collins was married three times. Her first husband was actor Anthony Newley, with whom she had two daughters, Tracy and Tiffany. Her second husband was nightclub owner Oscar Lerman, with whom she had a daughter, Rory. Her third husband was businessman Frank Calcagnini, with whom she had a son, Alexander.
Collins was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and died from the disease in 2015, at the age of 77.
Date Of Birth
October 4, 1937
September 19, 2015, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Screenwriter, Film producer, Author, Novelist, Actor
Francis Holland School
Oscar Lerman, Wallace Austin
Tiffany Lerman, Tracy Lerman, Rory Lerman
Elsa Bessant, Joseph William Collins
Joan Collins, Bill Collins, Joshua Collins
Paris Connections, Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, The Bitch, Yesterday's Hero, The Stud, During One Night, Rock You Sinners
[asked if she was dating anyone] I have a man for every occasion. When I was a kid growing up, I used to read my father's Playboy and I'd see those guys and they had fantastic cars and apartments. I have all of that now. Why would I want to hook myself up with one man when I've had two fantastic men in my life? One was my husband for 20 years and one was my fiance for six years.
[from her last interview] 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 [for stage 4 breast cancer], I've lived my life, I've traveled all over the world, I have not turned down book tours and no one has ever known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it. Now I want to save other people's lives.
[on Warren Beatty] Warren would proposition a chair if it looked at him sideways.
I live my life like a cool bachelor. I have a man for all seasons.
My biggest critics have never read me.
Jackie Collins passed away on September 19, 2015, only two weeks from what would have been her 78th birthday on October 4.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) at the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to fiction and charity.
Her father was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (some of whom had come from the Netherlands and Germany). Her mother was English, and had French ancestry.