Jackie Collins
British novelist and writer
Jackie Collins
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.
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Donald Trump, Please Remember Your Past Interest In The Environment
Huffington Post - 4 months
In 1992, current U.S. President-elect Donald Trump appeared in a television mini-series based off the 1990 Jackie Collins romance novel “Lady Boss.” Trump, who won the U.S. presidential election early Wednesday morning, only makes a brief cameo in the series, but in a short scene, he expresses an enthusiasm for discussing the environment. In it, Joan Rivers warmly greets Trump as he comes over to her table at a restaurant. The Rivers character tells Trump ― who plays himself ― that her and her friend are “talking about the environment.” To which Trump responds, “That sounds pretty interesting to me.” This was most likely a scripted moment for Trump, but the dialogue is still startling compared to the tone Trump has repeatedly expressed regarding the environment. Over the course of his now successful campaign, Trump repeatedly talked with disdain about those who believe in climate change and even claimed the Chinese invented the idea of global warming. ...
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Al Pacino and Jackie Collins Homes Sell in $30 Million Deal
Wall Street Journal - 7 months
Real-estate investor Ben Nehmadi is buying the former home of the late novelist as well as a neighboring house currently occupied by the actor.
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Best Seller? Jackie Collins Estate Is on the Market For $30M in Beverly Hills
Fox News - about 1 year
Now on the market for $30 million, the eight-bedroom estate includes five writing desks and a 100-foot art gallery connecting to a guest apartment. The post Best Seller? Jackie Collins Estate Is on the Market For $30M in Beverly Hills appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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Enough is Enough: The 2016 Anti-Trends
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I really wasn't going to do this piece: the standard trends piece for the new year. Last year I wrote about the distractions we can do without in 2015, and this year I decided to stay out of the game of predicting anything for 2016. But I just couldn't stay away -- there were too many pieces on trends that really got to me. So, here we go: a randomly-selected number of supposed trends for 2016, along with solutions for moving past them. Some of these "trends" are stale (old and not new), and some of them are just pale (not going to happen). Hey, I even threw in a few ideas on how we can stop making these silly trend predictions. To ensure no ego gets hurt in the making of this piece, I decided against naming the specific articles I read as I wrote this. But I read pieces in the following publications: Greenbiz, Forbes, Huffington Post, CSRWire, Sustainable Brands, TriplePundit, the Guardian, and even Carbon Trust and Frontstream. 1. The consumer Apparently, 2016 is when the co ...
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Jackie Collins, doyenne of the steamy Hollywood novel, dies at 77
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jackie Collins, the best-selling author of dozens of steamy novels who depicted the boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood's power crowd, died on Saturday of breast cancer at age 77, her family said. The British-born Collins, younger sister of actress Joan Collins, died in Los Angeles, said her spokeswoman Melody Korenbrot. "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," the family said in a statement.
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Who to follow during the Twitter Literature Festival
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Over the next few days, Twitter is playing host to a literary event in which authors such as Margaret Atwood, Jackie Collins and Lemony Snicket will try their hand at bringing stories to life 140 characters at a time. The Twitter Literature Festival kicked off on May 11 and will run through May 15, featuring a number of notable authors as they experiment with micro-publishing. You'll be able to see their output at any time, of course, by heading to each authors' Twitter feed. Starting on Tuesday at 9am, former MI6 field officer Matthew Dunn (@MatthewDunn) will begin unfolding a tale of terrorism and counterterrorism via multiple Twitter handles.
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Twitter enlists major authors (and the rest of us) for third Fiction Festival
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Lemony Snicket, Margaret Atwood and Jackie Collins will all experiment with micro-publishing during the third Twitter Fiction Festival, which has been announced for May 11-15. When Twitter hosted its first Fiction Festival in 2012, it had already been home to virtual storytelling experiments by authors such as Jennifer Egan and Teju Cole who had shared new work one tweet at a time. On board for 2015 is a roster of more than 20 featured authors, including Chuck Wendig, Beth Cato, Matthew Dunn, Sophie Jordan, Lauren Beukes and Jonathan Evison, with a collective expertise that extends into spy fiction, politics and graphic novels.
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Read an exclusive Jackie Collins excerpt
USA Today - about 2 years
'The Santangelos,' the new Lucky Santangelo book, is due in June.           
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Good Weird Hunting
Huffington Post - about 3 years
At work, I'm known as the Seeker of Strange, the Finder of Fun Things, the Miner of Delight. I sift through the rocks of the Internet universe to unearth gems I think people will like, and share them through Twitter and our news app Reverb. But I haven't always had this uncanny ability to discover some tidbit that makes people say, "Who knew?" Like all children, I struggled through a sea of information. Luckily though I had a guide. Until I was about 9, I didn't really like to read. I preferred picture books and my illustrated children's encyclopedia over "real" books. My father, who worked in Manhattan near a Barnes & Noble, would try to encourage me by bringing home heavy duty fairy tales --­ the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen --­ but they were too dense, and gruesome, for me then. Dad had always been bookish himself. He was a scientist but had always dreamed of being a writer. My mother liked to talk about how in graduate school, instead of studying, he whil ...
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Jackie Collins: 'I Am A Feminist In My Own Particular Way'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Jackie Collins is one of the most famous and influential female authors on the planet, but she doesn't really relate to the term "feminist." "'Feminist' always conjures up a picture of a bunch of women ripping off their bras and throwing them away, which is so ridiculous," she told HuffPost Live. "It's kind of like a cliche." (It's important to note that the bra-burning stereotype is actually rooted in a myth sparked by a 1968 protest.) Still, Collins says she's committed to honoring the power of women even if she's not crazy about the "feminist" label. "I am a feminist in my own particular way. Of course I want equal rights for women, and I've always written about the double standard that exists between men and women, and it really pisses me off," she said. So what does a powerful woman like Collins do when she's confronted with sexism? She does something pretty amazing, according to a story she shared about an interview she once did in New York with "one of the big papers." ...
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Confessions of Jackie Collins
Huffington Post - about 3 years
One theme remains consistent in every Jackie Collins novel -- and it isn't sex. "My women kick ass; they don't get their ass kicked!" Collins said. And her most popular character, Lucky Santangelo, personifies that statement. The world first met Lucky in Collins' 1981 bestselling novel, Chances. Immediately readers responded and couldn't get enough of her. Six more novels were written around the perennial character, and along the way we watched Lucky fall in and out of love, run a movie studio, take Las Vegas by storm, have children, and even commit murder. Now in her 30th book, Confessions of a Wild Child, Collins takes us back to Lucky's teenage years and reveals how she became the woman she is today. Despite what has been written about Collins and her glamorous lifestyle, she said she is not someone who needs attention. What's also surprising is for a woman who has built a career around words, she doesn't mince hers. Once you engage in a conversation, you feel like you're w ...
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Jackie Collins is pinned with honor by the queen
USA Today - about 3 years
Erotic author Jackie Collins is honored by the queen for her services to fiction, charity.
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Italian Princess' Book Is Hot Stuff... An Amazing Romance!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When I received an invitation from Selim Zilkha and Mary Hayley to a book party at their sumptuous Bel Air home, I immediately went to Amazon and ordered a copy of the book. innocuously entitled, My Mother, My Father and His Wife Hortense, by Dialta Alliata (Amazon, $24.95). I quickly learned that Dialta Alliata di Montereale was actually a real-life Italian princess, having married in 1989 a charming fellow named Prince Vittorio di Montereale, whose celebrated Venetian family dated back to the 15th century and the Holy Roman Empire. They met in Rome at the home of Egan von Furstenberg, soon married and had five children in the course of three years. Princess Dialta at our lunch last week. The moment I started reading this book, I was hooked! It was a fascinating, fierce and somewhat poignant story in which this glamorous woman (whom I took to lunch the day before the party to learn more) uses her grandmother's richly erotic diaries to unveil intimate and scandalous details of ...
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<i>Enough Said</i> Is a Delightful, Romantic Film!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Director/Writer Nicole Holofcener and Star Julia Louise-Dreyfus at my Fox screening. At a question-and-answer session after the Fox screening of Enough Said for Academy members, I asked Director/Writer Nicole Holofcener if James Gandolfini had seen the film. She replied that regretfully he didn't, saying that while his representatives has seen and liked an almost-finished version, he had decided to wait until it was done. Unfortunately as we all know, he died in Rome on June 11 of a heart attack. I told her of my meeting with him to discuss his playing Ernest Hemingway in my biofilm about the author. James told me that he had his own Hemingway project at HBO, which later became the rather sad drama of Hemingway (played by Clive Owen) and his third wife, Martha Gelhorn (Nicole Kidman). My film, based upon the fourth wife Mary's biography, is a much more accurate and interesting portrayal. (Mary told me that Gelhorn's marriage to Ernest had been brief and she ended up hating him with ...
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Celebrity interview: Jackie Collins
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 3 years
As her latest sexy novel is published, writer Jackie Collins has a chat with Hannah Stephenson about her life, which is just as glamorous as her books.
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Arianna Huffington: Happy Birthday, HuffPost Live!
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
One year ago today, we launched HuffPost Live, our live-streaming network, inviting you all to join, as I put it then, "a different kind of conversation." Our goal was to create the most social video experience possible -- allowing members of the HuffPost community to speak out on the issues that matter most to them, on equal footing with newsmakers, celebrities, pundits, and experts. Things have gone even better than we'd hoped. Since HuffPost Live launched, over 9,600 guests from more than 85 countries have joined us live on-air, discussing an eclectic mix of topics -- from presidential politics to pop culture memes, and everything in between. And thousands more have joined the conversation via our interactive social tools, leaving 1.3 million comments on the HuffPost Live platform. The critical response has been equally strong. In its first year, HuffPost Live has won a Webby Award, a "Salute to Excellence Award" from the NABJ, a CINE Golden Eagle, an Appy, a Tel ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jackie Collins
  • 2015
    Age 77
    Collins died on 19 September 2015, of breast cancer, two weeks before her 78th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details 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 only 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 only nine days before her death. Hollywood series Santangelo novels Madison Castelli series Other
  • 2013
    Age 75
    In 2013, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) Birthday Honours for services to fiction and charity.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout Collins' career, she fictionalized aspects of her personal life as a source for her novels. She said she loved Los Angeles and recalled that while growing up in England, she often read novels by Harold Robbins, Mickey Spillane, and Raymond Chandler. Vanity Fair writer Dominick Dunne explains that Collins "loved the picture business, the television business, the record business, and the people in them, the stars, celebrities, directors, and producers." And although she was a "great partygoer", he says, she went to them "more as an observer than participant", using them as part of her "research." "Write about what you know", Collins said at a writer's conference. "I love what I do. I fall in love with my characters. They become me, and I become them."
  • 2011
    Age 73
    In The Sunday Times Rich List 2011, Collins was listed as the UK's fifth richest author, with an estimated personal fortune of £60 million.
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    In 2011, when asked if she were dating anyone, Collins said: "I have a man for every occasion", adding:
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  • 2004
    Age 66
    In 2004, Collins hosted a series of television specials, Jackie Collins Presents, for E!
    More Details Hide Details Entertainment Television. Collins continued with Lovers & Players (2006); the sixth Lucky Santangelo novel, Drop Dead Beautiful (2007); and Married Lovers (2008), which concerns the affairs of a female personal trainer named Cameron Paradise. This was followed by Poor Little Bitch Girl (2009), which stemmed from an idea Collins had worked on for a television series about heiresses that was ultimately never made.
  • 2001
    Age 63
    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 62
    In 2000, Collins brought back the character of Madison Castelli in a new novel, Lethal Seduction.
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  • 1998
    Age 60
    In 1998, she made a foray into talk show television with the series Jackie Collins' Hollywood, but this was unsuccessful.
    More Details Hide Details She also published the novel Thrill (1998) and wrote a four-part series of mini-novels, called L.A. Connections, to be released in a newspaper every six weeks and which introduced a new heroine in the form of investigative journalist Madison Castelli. The fifth Lucky Santangelo novel, Dangerous Kiss, was published in 1999. The 2000s turned out to be Collins' busiest time; she published eight best-sellers, more than in any other decade in her career.
  • 1994
    Age 56
    In 1994, Collins became engaged to Los Angeles business executive Frank Calcagnini, who died in 1998 from a brain tumor.
    More Details Hide Details She said that what got her through the tragedies of losing two loved ones was "celebrating their lives, as opposed to dwelling on their deaths."
  • 1993
    Age 55
    She was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1993, when she was surprised by Michael Aspel.
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  • 1992
    Age 54
    In 1992, Collins was widowed when her husband of 26 years, Oscar Lerman, died of cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time, she wrote and produced another miniseries based on the Lady Boss novel, with Kim Delaney playing the lead role. Collins' run of best-sellers continued with American Star (1993), Hollywood Kids (1994), and the fourth Santangelo novel, Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge (1996).
  • 1990
    Age 52
    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Around the same time, Collins wrote an original screenplay (not based on any of her novels) for the film Yesterday's Hero (1979). In the 1980s, Collins and her family moved to Los Angeles on a full-time basis, where she would continue to write about the "rich and famous". She said, "If you wish to be successful, there is a place you should be at a certain time. And Los Angeles in the 1980s was it." Her next novel was Chances (1981). It introduced one of her best-known characters, Lucky Santangelo, the "dangerously beautiful" daughter of a gangster. While living in the hills above Sunset Boulevard, Collins 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. Marketed as a "scandalous exposé", the novel sold over 15 million copies and placed Collins in a powerful position, making her a celebrity of near equal status to her sister Joan, whose own career had taken an upwards direction with her role in the television drama Dynasty.
  • 1975
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1970s, Collins made a foray into writing for the screen. She co-wrote the screenplay for The Stud (1978), based on her second book; the film starred her older sister Joan as the gold-digging adulteress Fontaine Khaled. Following this, Collins wrote the screenplay for The World Is Full of Married Men (1980), the film adaptation of her first novel.
  • 1971
    Age 33
    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).
    More Details Hide Details This novel was Collins' first foray into the world of organized crime, a genre that would later prove to be extremely successful for her.
  • 1969
    Age 31
    Her second novel, The Stud, was published in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details It also made the best-seller lists.
  • 1968
    Age 30
    Collins' first novel, The World Is Full of Married Men, was published in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details She had begun many works of fiction but had abandoned them, and only completed her first novel after being persuaded to do so by her second husband Oscar Lerman. "You’re a storyteller", he told her. After its publication, romantic novelist Barbara Cartland called the book "nasty, filthy and disgusting", and charged Collins with "creating every pervert in Britain". The book was banned in Australia and South Africa, but the scandal bolstered sales in the United States and the UK.
  • 1965
    Age 27
    In 1965, Collins married again, this time to art gallery and nightclub (Ad-Lib and Tramp) owner, Oscar Lerman.
    More Details Hide Details The wedding took place in the home of her sister Joan and her husband at the time, Anthony Newley. Collins and Lerman had two daughters, Tiffany (born 1967) and Rory (born 1969). Lerman also formally adopted Collins' daughter, Tracy, from her previous marriage. Lerman died in 1992 from prostate cancer.
  • 1960
    Age 22
    She married her first husband, Wallace Austin, in 1960; they divorced in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1937
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Collins' South African-born father was Jewish, and her British mother was Anglican. A middle child, Collins had an elder sister, Joan Collins (actress and author), and a younger brother, Bill (who became a property agent). Collins attended Francis Holland School, an independent day school for girls in London and was expelled at age 15. During this period, she reportedly had a brief affair with 29-year-old Marlon Brando. She began appearing in acting roles in a series of British B movies in the 1950s and worked as a stage singer alongside a young Des O'Connor, among others. Her parents then sent her to Los Angeles to live with her older sister, Joan, a Hollywood actress. There, Collins tried acting in small parts in low budget British films, including Barnacle Bill (1957), Rock You Sinners (1957), The Safecracker (1958), Intent to Kill (1958), Passport to Shame (1958), and The Shakedown (1960), in which she was credited as Lynn Curtis. Her acting was unexceptional, however, and after further appearances in such television series as Danger Man and The Saint, Collins gave up on pursuing an acting career, although she did play briefly on the television series Minder in 1980.
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