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Jackie Collins

1960’s and 2000’s

Jacqueline Jill Collins, OBE. 1937-2015, was born in Hampstead, London on this day in 1937, she was an English romance novelist and actress. She moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and spent most of her career there. With over half a billion copies of her books sold in more than forty countries, and with thirty one New York Times bestsellers to her credit, she is one of the world’s top-selling novelists.

In the 1950’s Jackie began acting in a series of British B movies, her parents then sent her to Los Angeles to live with her older sister, Hollywood actress Joan Collins and tried acting in small parts in low budget British films in which she was credited as Lynn Curtis. After minor appearances in such television series as Danger Man and The Saint, Jackie gave up on pursuing an acting career. At eighteen, she moved back to England to focus on writing. Her first novel, “The World is Full of Married Men” was published in 1968 and established Jackie as an author who dared to step where no other female writer had gone before. She followed it year after year with one successful title after another, including “The Stud” and “The Bitch,” both adapted into films in the 1970s starring her actress sister, Joan Collins.

The 2000s turned out to be Jackie’s busiest time, publishing eight best-sellers, more than in any other decade in her career, she brought back the character of Madison Castelli in a new novel, Lethal Seduction and in 2001, she published Hollywood Wives: The New Generation.

Jackie died on 19 September 2015, of breast cancer, two weeks before her 78th birthday, she had been diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer more than six years previously but kept her illness almost entirely to herself. Below is an excerpt from the last letter she wrote to her readers:

Netflix is streaming ‘Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story’ and it starts in the UK on BBC 2 on the 15th October. It tells the untold true story of the best-selling novelist it reveals that behind the fame and celebrity, Jackie’s turbulent life could rival the spicy plots she dreamed up for her novels. Also it shows that she hid her private struggles behind a carefully crafted façade.

The below list could be read as a poem in its own right:

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Published by poetisatinta

I was born and live in rural North Wales (UK) and found poetry again after a lifetime, so grateful I did :)

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