Jackie Collins was a romance novelist as well as an actress who had written 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. Her books have sold more than 500 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages. Eight of her novels have been adapted for the screen, either as films or television miniseries. Initially, she began appearing in acting roles in a series of British B movies. Some of her novels are The World Is Full of Married Men (1968), The Stud (1969), Sunday Simmons & Charlie Brick (later Sinners) (1971), Lovehead (later The Love Killers) (1974), The World Is Full of Divorced Women (1975), Married Lovers (2008), The Power Trip (2012) and more. Sadly, she dies at 77.
What was Jackie Collins Famous For?
- Being a romance novelist and actress.
- For writing 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list.
How did Jackie Collins die?
Jackie Collins died on 19th September 2015. Her death cause is breast cancer. She dies two weeks before her 78th birthday. She had been diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer more than six years before her death but kept her illness almost entirely to herself. She reportedly informed her sister Joan Collins two weeks before she died and flew from Los Angeles to London to appear on the ITV chat show Loose Women nine days before her death.
What was Jackie Collins’s Nationality?
Jackie Collins was born on 4th October 1937. She was from Hampstead, London, the UK. Jacqueline Jill Collins was her birth name. Collins held dual citizenship: British (by birth) and the U.S. (by naturalization, from 6 May 1960). She is the younger daughter of Elsa (née Bessant) Collins (died 1962) and Joseph William Collins (died 1988), a theatrical agent whose clients later included Dame Shirley Bassey, the Beatles, and Sir Tom Jones. Her ethnicity was Mixed as her dad is of South African ancestry and her mother was of British ancestry. She was born as a middle child to her parents. Thus, she had an elder sister, Joan Collins (actress and author), and a younger brother, Bill (who became a property agent). About her education, she attended Francis Holland School, an independent day school for girls in London, and was expelled at age 15. She lastly celebrated her 77th birthday in 2015.
Jackie Collins Career Timeline
- Initially, she began appearing in acting roles in a series of British B movies. These included Barnacle Bill (1957), Rock You Sinners (1957), The Safecracker (1958), Intent to Kill (1958), Passport to Shame (1958), and The Shakedown (1960).
- Her first book, “The World Is Full of Married Men” (1968), became a best-seller. Her second novel, “The Stud”, was published in 1969. It also made the best-seller lists.
- His third novel, Sunday Simmons & Charlie Brick (first published under the title The Hollywood Zoo in the UK and then retitled Sinners worldwide in 1984) was published in 1971 and again made the best-seller lists.
- Lovehead was the fourth novel by English author Jackie Collins, first published in 1974 by W. H. Allen.
- After that, she published The World Is Full of Divorced Women (unrelated to her first novel) in 1975, and then Lovers & Gamblers in 1977, which told the story of rock/soul superstar Al King.
- She co-wrote the screenplay for The Stud (1978), based on her second book.
- She wrote the screenplay for The World Is Full of Married Men (1980), the film adaptation of her first novel.
- She released her seventh novel, The Bitch (1979).
- She wrote an original screenplay (not based on any of her novels) for the film Yesterday’s Hero (1979).
- Her next novel was Chances (1981).
- She collected the knowledge and experience to write her most commercially successful novel, Hollywood Wives (1983), which hit The New York Times best-seller list at number one. In 1985, Hollywood Wives was made into a television miniseries.
- She went on to write the sequel to Chances, titled Lucky (1985), followed by Hollywood Husbands (1986) and Rock Star (1988).
- Next, she published her third Lucky Santangelo novel, Lady Boss in 1990.
- Collins’s run of best-sellers continued with American Star (1993), Hollywood Kids (1994), and the fourth Santangelo novel, Vendetta: Lucky’s Revenge (1996).
- In 1993, she was the subject of This Is Your Life.
- In 1998, she made a foray into talk show television with the series Jackie Collins’ Hollywood.
- She published the novel Thrill (1998).
- She brought back the character of Madison Castelli in a new novel, Lethal Seduction in 2001.
- She published Hollywood Wives: The New Generation in 2001.
- A new Madison Castelli novel, Deadly Embrace, was published in 2002, and Hollywood Divorces was published in 2003.
- After a year, she hosted a series of television specials, Jackie Collins Presents, for E! Entertainment Television.
- Next, she continued with Lovers & Players (2006); the sixth Lucky Santangelo novel, Drop Dead Beautiful (2007); and Married Lovers (2008) followed by Poor Little Bitch Girl (2009).
- Her 29th novel, titled The Power Trip, was published in February 2013.
- Confessions of a Wild Child was published in February 2014.
- Her cookbook, The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook was published in 2014.
- Her final novel was The Santangelos (2015), a conclusion to the Santangelo series she had begun with Chances (1981).
Who was Jackie Collins’s Husband?
Jackie Collins was a married woman. She first married her first husband, Wallace Austin, in 1960; they divorced in 1964. Her spouse, Austin’s addiction to drugs prescribed for manic depression ultimately caused their separation, and he died from a deliberate overdose the year after their marriage ended. The couple had one daughter, Tracy, born in 1961. In 1965, Collins married again to an American art gallery and nightclub (Ad-Lib and Tramp) owner, Oscar Lerman, who was 18 years her senior. They had two daughters, Tiffany (born 1967) and Rory (born 1969). Lerman also formally adopted Collins’s daughter, Tracy, from her previous marriage. Lerman died in 1992 from prostate cancer. Next, she became engaged to Los Angeles business executive Frank Calcagnini, who died in 1998 from a brain tumor. In 2011, when asked if she was dating anyone, Collins said: “I have a man for every occasion”, adding: When I was a kid growing up, I used to read my father’s Playboy and I’d see these guys and they had fantastic apartments and cars. 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 over 20 years and one was my fiancé for six [sic] years.
What was Jackie Collins’s Net Worth?
Jackie Collins was one of the wealthiest novelists who had made a huge amount of money throughout her career. As of 2022, the net worth of Collins is estimated to have $180 Million as of 2022. Her main source of wealth was from her book career and she was also making a cool amount of money from her entertainment industry. She was living a lavish lifestyle prior to her death.
How tall was Jackie Collins?
Jackie Collins was a beautiful woman who stood at the perfect height of 1.7 m. She had pair of black eyes and her hair color was also black. Her body type was slim. Her body weight consisted of 60 KG. Her exact body measurements details are still to get disclosed yet.