Jackie Collins, best-selling author of the Hollywood series, dies at age 77

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Author Jackie Collins
Author Jackie Collins

British novelist, Jackie Collins, who was well known for having authored 32 books on the glamorous, and scandalous lives of Hollywood celebrities, died in Los Angeles, on Satuday, after having fought a six year long battle with breast cancer, of which only her family was aware.

She is survived by her three daughters, her two siblings, one of whom is actress Joan Collins, and six grandchildren.

The author’s family released 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 for over four decades. She was a true inspiration, a trailblazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words.”

Her famous older sister, actress Joan Collins, paid tribute to her late sister, on the social networking website Twitter:

Collins began her writing career in the 1960s, with her first novel, ‘The World is Full of Married Men’. The novel was banned in Australia, as well as South Africa, due to it’s explicit description of extramarital affairs. She went on to write several other novels, which she described as ‘bonkbusters’. Her biggest seller, however, was the Hollywood series. This series was even adapted into a mini series, starring, Anthony Hopkins, and Candice Bergen.

The late best-selling author, began her career, at the age of 15, earning parts in British B movies. She later went on to writing, after receiving encouragement from her second husband, Oscar Lerman, to whom she was married for 26 years, until his death, in 1992.

Collins revealed the news of her long battle with cancer, just 6 days before her death, to People Magazine. The article is yet to be published in full. In the article, Collins revealed that she has no regrets about anything that she did. She lived her life on her own terms, and was proud of the fact. She went on to add that her greatest accomplishment was her sprawling family.

Collins most recent work, was a novel titled ‘The Santangelos’, which she promoted all over the world, despite of her illness.

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