Jackie Collins, the bestselling author of books like “The World Is Full Of Married Men,” “Hollywood Wives,” and “Lady Boss,” passed away Saturday. She was 77.
“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,” Collins’ family said in a statement. “She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for 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.”
All of Collins’ books – with the first one, “The World Is Full Of Married Men,” published in 1968 – featured on the New York Times bestseller list. Writer of 32 books, more than 500 million copies of her novels – translated into 40 languages – have been sold worldwide. Her novels focused on the glamour and scandals of Hollywood.
“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 ever known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it,” Collins had said in her last interview, as reported by People Magazine.
Diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer six years ago (she said that she became aware of a lump two years ago before deciding to seek medical advice), she had kept the news private to everyone except her three daughters. Collins’ sister and actress, Joan Collins, was informed about the illness two weeks ago. “She was my best friend,” Joan said. “I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her.”
A private service will be held in honor of the acclaimed and widely popular author. Her family requests that donations in lieu of flowers be made out to the Penny Brohn Cancer Care charity in the UK and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organisation in the United States.
About her cancer, Collins said in her last interview, “Always get it checked. And the sooner the better. That is the best advice I can give.”
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