jcJackie Collins, younger sister of actress Joan Collins, was the author of 32 novels; all of which have the rare distinction of appearing in the New York Times best seller list. After a brief spell as an actress her first novel, The World is Full of Married Men, was published in 1968 and was described by Barbara Cartland as “nasty, filthy and disgusting.” It was also originally banned in Australia, but made best sellers lists in the UK and the US. In an interview in 2008 she said that that the book was before its time. What turned out to be her final book, The Santangelos, was published this year.

By her own admission Collins never pretended to be a literary writer. She said in interviews that her books were based on her insiders knowledge of Hollywood. According to her website “If anything, my characters are toned down — the truth is much more bizarre.”

Jackie Collins passed away from breast cancer on the 19 September 2015.

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