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Jackie Collins

Novelist and Writer
Born Oct 4, 1937

Jacqueline Jill "Jackie" Collins is an English novelist. She is the younger sister of actress Joan Collins. She has written 28 novels, all of which have appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list. In total, her books have sold over 400 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages. Eight of her novels have been adapted for the screen, either as films or television mini-series.… Read More

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1937 Birth Collins was born in Hampstead, London in 1937, the younger daughter of Elsa Bessant and Joseph William Collins (died 1988), a theatrical agent whose clients included Shirley Bassey, The Beatles and Tom Jones. … Read More


1960 23 Years Old Collins married her first husband, Wallace Austin, in 1960 and divorced in 1964. … Read More
1965 28 Years Old In 1965, Collins married for the second time to art gallery and nightclub (Ad-Lib, Tramp) owner, Oscar Lerman. … Read More


1968 31 Years Old Collins' first novel, The World Is Full of Married Men, was published in 1968. … Read More
1969 32 Years Old Collins' second novel, The Stud, was published in 1969 and followed the sexually charged affairs of married Fontaine Khaled, who owns a fashionable London nightclub. … Read More
1971 34 Years Old Collins' 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 bestseller lists. This was Collins' first novel to be set in the United States. Lovehead followed in 1974 (retitled as The Love Killers in 1989). … Read More
1975 38 Years Old Following this, Collins published The World Is Full Of Divorced Women (unrelated to her first novel) in 1975, and then her longest novel, Lovers & Gamblers, in 1977 which told the story of rock/soul superstar Al King. … Read More


1978 41 Years Old She co-wrote the screenplay for the 1978 film version of her 1969 novel The Stud, which starred her older sister Joan as the gold-digging adulteress Fontaine Khaled.
1979 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Following this, Collins wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of her first novel The World Is Full Of Married Men, which was released in 1979. … Read More
1981 44 Years Old Her next novel was Chances, published in 1981. … Read More
1983 46 Years Old While living in the hills above Sunset Boulevard, Collins collected the knowledge and experience to write her most successful novel, Hollywood Wives, which was published in 1983 and hit the New York Times bestseller list at number one. … Read More


1990 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, Collins published her third Lucky Santangelo novel, Lady Boss.
1992 55 Years Old In 1992, Collins was widowed when her husband of 26 years, Oscar Lerman, died of cancer. … Read More
1994 57 Years Old In 1994, Collins became engaged to Los Angeles business executive Frank Calcagnini, who died in 1998 from a brain tumour. … Read More


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2006 69 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, after being signed to the publisher Simon & Schuster for twenty years, Collins signed with St. Martin's Press as her North American publisher, though she remains with Simon & Schuster internationally.
2009 72 Years Old This was followed in 2009 by Poor Little Bitch Girl, which stemmed from an idea Collins had worked on for a television series about heiresses that was ultimately never made. … Read More
2010 73 Years Old In 2010, Paris Connections, a direct-to-DVD movie adapted from Collins' L.A. Connections series of mini-novels was made by Amber Entertainment in association with the UK supermarket chain Tesco. … Read More
2011 74 Years Old Although Collins had stated on her official website that there would probably be no more Lucky Santangelo novels after Drop Dead Beautiful, in 2011 she published the seventh book in the series, Goddess of Vengeance. … Read More
2012 75 Years Old Collins's 29th novel, titled The Power Trip, was published in September 2012.
2013 76 Years Old 1 More Event
Collins latest novel, Confessions of a Wild Child, was published in September 2013. … Read More
2014 77 Years Old In 2014, Collins released The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook, a cookbook named after Lucky Santangelo, the protagonist of seven Collins novels, who is often portrayed preparing elaborate gastronomic creations for her intimates (and who watched her father throw a plate of food at her mother as a child).
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