Jackie Collins, author of Hollywood Wives and The Stud, died in Los Angeles from breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with more than six years ago. Her novels on glamour, sex and affairs in Hollywood are international bestsellers.
Sister, actor Dame Joan Collins, 82, said she was “completely devastated.” She went public with her illness just six days before the unfortunate news. In an interview with People magazine, she said she had only told her sister.
Joan posted a picture with her sister, captioned “Farewell to my beautiful brave baby sister. I will love you and miss you forever. Rest in peace.”
Collins’ daughter shared “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 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”.
Our hearts go out to Collins’ friends and family at this time.
In her interview with People magazine, she said she had no regrets about keeping her illness a secret. “Looking back, I’m not sorry about anything I did.”
She also shared, “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 traveled all over the world. I have not turned down book tours and no-one has even known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it,” she said. “Now I want to save other people’s lives.”
Larry King tweeted, “I’m shocked & saddened by Jackie Collins’ passing. She was a true talent, a beautiful being & a dear friend.”
Other tributes were shared as well.
Jilly Cooper, UK novelist, shared that the news of her death was a “terrible shock,” and also said her decision not to tell people “was a mark of her splendor, really”
“Everybody is so dingy and politically correct now, and she didn’t care, she just wrote what she liked about,” she told LBC radio. “I think she had more fun than that girl who got beaten to bits in Shades of Grey, don’t you?”
Melissa Gilbert, who starred alongside Fawcett in Hollywood Wives, tweeted “An amazing woman. Talented. Funny, Kind. One of my very favourite producers ever. She will be deeply missed”.
Graham Norton described her as “the definition of a class act.”
Oprah Winfrey reached out and said “RIP Jackie Collins. I always loved our interviews.”
Comedian Sandra Bernhard said “I am devastated at the news about Jackie Collins. I knew her, she was a class act and a lady. The diarist of Hollywood at it’s best and worse. German vogue did a story on me and Jackie Collins. It was a lunch and girl talk. We both wore leopard and laughed our asses off”.
Not to be sad though, Collins told the Press Association in an interview this month, that she refused to mourn. “I refuse to mourn people, because everybody dies. Death and taxes, you can’t avoid either,” she said.
We’re glad she lived her last few years to the fullest. RIP Jackie Collins, you will be truly missed.