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

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Jackie Collins.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jackie Collins.


1937 Birth Collins was born in 1937, in Hampstead, London, the younger daughter of Elsa (née Bessant) Collins (died 1962) and Joseph William Collins (died 1988), a theatrical agent whose clients later included Shirley Bassey, the Beatles, and Tom Jones. … Read More


1960 23 Years Old …  She married her first husband, Wallace Austin, in 1960; they divorced in 1964. … Read More
1965 28 Years Old In 1965, Collins married again, this time to art gallery and nightclub (Ad-Lib and 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 Her second novel, The Stud, was published in 1969. … 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 best-seller 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 Lovers & Gamblers in 1977, which told the story of rock/soul superstar Al King. … Read More


1979 42 Years Old She also released her seventh novel, The Bitch (1979), a sequel to The Stud; The Bitch was also made into a successful 1979 film, with Joan Collins reprising the role. … Read More


1990 53 Years Old In 1990, Collins published her third Lucky Santangelo novel, Lady Boss, and wrote and co-produced the television miniseries Lucky Chances, which combined her first two Lucky Santangelo novels and starred Nicollette Sheridan (in the lead role) and Sandra Bullock.
1992 55 Years Old In 1992, Collins was widowed when her husband of 26 years, Oscar Lerman, died of cancer. … Read More
1993 56 Years Old She was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1993, when she was surprised by Michael Aspel.
1994 57 Years Old In 1994, Collins became engaged to Los Angeles business executive Frank Calcagnini, who died in 1998 from a brain tumor. … Read More


1998 61 Years Old In 1998, she made a foray into talk show television with the series Jackie Collins' Hollywood, but this was unsuccessful. … Read More
2000 63 Years Old In 2000, Collins brought back the character of Madison Castelli in a new novel, Lethal Seduction.
2001 64 Years Old In 2001, she published Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, which was adapted as a 2003 television movie starring Farrah Fawcett, Melissa Gilbert, and Robin Givens. (Collins was credited as an executive producer.) A new Madison Castelli novel, Deadly Embrace, was published in 2002, and Hollywood Divorces was published in 2003.
2004 67 Years Old In 2004, Collins hosted a series of television specials, Jackie Collins Presents, for E! … Read More
2011 74 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, when asked if she were dating anyone, Collins said: "I have a man for every occasion", adding:
2013 76 Years Old In 2013, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) Birthday Honours for services to fiction and charity. … Read More
2015 78 Years Old Collins died on 19 September 2015, of breast cancer, two weeks before her 78th birthday. … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.