Novelist Jackie Collins Dies At Age 77

Jackie Collins, whose 32 novels have sold over 500 million copies in more than 40 languages, has died of breast cancer at the age of 77. CNN reports:

People magazine reported that Collns was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer six-and-a-half years ago and chose to keep the illness private. The magazine said she confided in her three adult daughters, Tracy, Tiffany and Rory. The Collins family issued a statement, saying, “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 for over 4 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.”

Collins’ older sister, actress Joan Collins, tells People that she is “completely devastated.” Joan Collins: “She was my best friend. I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her.”

  • Jan Wesselius

    She has given many people countless hours of enjoyment by reading her books. The kind of person with that kind of creativity will be missed.

  • hdtex

    They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…I must confess this is what first sprang to mind when I heard the news…..

    • Ginger Snap

      I first thought of “Lucky Bitched” too.

    • teeveedub

      Ya beat me to it.

  • Gustav2

    Trash, just pure trash.

    Pure trashy fun!

  • Robincho

    It was Dorothy Parker who, upon considering authors of gigantic output, cautioned us never to mistake the first-rate for the fecund-rate…

    • Michael Abbett

      But you know, having worked in a library for 16 years I can tell you that often people who never had an interest in reading anything can be led to literature through authors like Jackie Collins. Call it a gateway genre, if you will. In the same way, J.K. Rowling spurred an interest in reading for many kids who had expressed none with Harry Potter. If it gets people to read in this day and age, that has value.

      • gaymex

        I also worked in a library for a few years and if it introduces people to the joy of reading, I’m all for it.
        I remember going through the card catalog one blustery winter afternoon when an professor approached an asked what I was reading. I said Proust and the prof asked for what class. When I responded that it wasn’t for a class, it was just because I wanted to reread some of his work. The professor actually got down on one knee and said “thank you young man, you have made my life’s work worthwhile–reading for enjoyment.”
        Later I saw him on both knees, but that’s another story.

        • LonelyLiberal

          Did you at least ask if he’d like to perform some Braille reading on you?

          • gaymex

            lol. I didn’t have to ask.

      • LonelyLiberal

        Truer words. One young lady I know was finally diagnosed with dyslexia and got some help.

        She started with the works of Sidney Sheldon. They’re light, exciting, and easy to read. From there, she moved on to books with some more meat in them, but will probably never tackle the literary greats.

        Still, she enjoys reading, it enhances her life, and she learns at least a little something from it. Far be it from me to complain.

        I read constantly, but quite a lot of that is just for fun. I never underestimate the value of fun…

        • Jenni

          I have a few Sidney Sheldon books on my expansive bookshelf. I had a friend over and on two separate occasions, she remarked upon seeing them, “Oh, Sidney Sheldon- guilty pleasure!”.
          I remember thinking, “Hmm, I don’t feel guilty about it at all.”

          • LonelyLiberal

            And why would you be guilty? They’re a fun, light read when something dense and complicated just isn’t on the docket. There’s not a thing wrong with some action, adventure, and romance.

          • Jenni


      • Jenni

        “If it gets people to read in this day and age, that has value.”–I love this! I agree completely.

      • Octavio

        You just hit BINGO! I’ve been an adult literacy volunteer since 1980. Of all the books and lessons we use that help adults learn to read are comic books. They are great tools. They are amazingly effective in helping those who fell through the cracks in elementary school. And if you’re my age you most likely remember comics being eschewed by educators as necessarily evil. We have to keep our eyes on the goal — getting people to read — reading anything. Especially when a minimum of 20% of white adult ‘Merikuhns cannot even decipher “Refrigerate after opening”! I only mention “white” because teabaggers and their ilk insist that the illiteracy rate is high in the USA simply because we have so many legal and illegal immigrants (and some even worse racist beliefs). Not so. As trashy as one may think Collins’ books may or may not be, people who read them are — at a minimum — exercising brain cells.

        RIP Ms. Collins.

        • Jay Kay

          my favorite grandmother always had a fresh stash of comics for her grandkids to read. To us, they were like Dick and Jane books.. but better.

    • Aeschylus, who wrote 90 plays? Sophocles, who wrote 126?
      Even Shakespeare, with 38, as well as 152 free-standing poems?

  • ElenorRigby

    And she was a fan of Grindr

    • JuanGalicia

      Haha what a great story :p

  • StraightGrandmother

    Breast cancer…. sigh….
    After reading that really long comment about the thymus gland and how as we age our thymus, which is the gland that produces basically all of out T cells, and it is T cells that fight diseases, out thymus disintegrates and turns into fat as we age, I understand how older people succumb to cancer. No more T-cells to fight off diseases. The ones that we have are fighting like hell and there is no more Thymus to declare war and make an army of new T cells.

    A good friend of mine died of breast cancer at age 62, I though it was such a bum deal, she didn’t even make it to retirement to enjoy her golden years. Her life was basically work, get cancer and die.

    • Michael Abbett

      My mother worked hard all of her life and died at 41 of cervical cancer, which is known to be at least partly caused by the human papillomavirus. I get very angry when people like the fundamentalists fight against HPV vaccinations being made more routine or mandatory because somehow it will make their children promiscuous. It could save thousands of lives. This is the sort of thing where the anti-science crowd does real, measurable harm and it pisses me off to no end.

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    • gaymex

      Enjoy life while you can. I have a 65 year old friend who is making a trip to Patagonia next summer to photograph the Patagonian Cougar. When she finishes one adventure she plans another. I enjoy hearing her exploits, but I’ve already traveled enough for one lifetime and my hubby and I are content to read and cultivate our own garden which includes big doses of being thankful for and loving each other.

    • olandp

      Good for you! You deserve everything, but most of all our undying respect and admiration for all you do for our community.

  • Frank Dash

    We are losing all links to glamorous old Hollywood.

  • SoCalVet

    I went to a small playhouse in LA to see her sister in a play a few years ago…and during intermission there was Jackie at the bar having a drink with a couple of our brethren. Loved her, sorry to hear this.

  • denny

    Very sad to hear but she looks like a drag queen in that picture.

    • gaymex

      She was probably doing the best she could. Besides, what’s wrong with looking like a drag queen?

      • denny

        Nothing. But I don’t recall Jackie being one. That picture doesn’t do her justice.

        • gaymex

          I guess my point was that she may have been going through a hard time when that was taken. She looks fine to me.

  • 2karmanot

    Rest in Peace dear lady and thank you for all those novels which brought so much trashy joy into our work-a-day lives.

  • Octavio

    Of the two (Joan and Jackie) I have always found Joan mores fascinating. RIP

    • Funbud

      Jackie was refreshingly down to earth. When asked if she ever wanted to be an actress she said no, and that she only went to Hollywood when she was 15 because “my sister was a movie star”.

      • Good Morning

        Joan was known as ‘The British Open’ in Hollywood during the 1950s owing to her reputation with men.

        That always gave me a huge amount of respect for her.

  • Regan DuCasse

    It’s heartrending to hear that Joan Collins didn’t know her sister was so sick, until two weeks before she died. Jackie didn’t want her to worry or know about it. I can understand that.
    I’ve wondered about sparing my siblings such news. My brother and I both have autoimmune disorders that have been life threatening and we’re at risk of certain kinds of cancers already.
    I can also see our sister (the middle child), trying to spare US, if something like this were to happen to her.
    Sibling love is like that sometimes.
    My heart goes out to the families of these remarkable and brave women.
    I met Joan Collins a few decades ago. SHE gave ME a compliment before I could pay HER one.
    I always liked her anyway, and thought it was so classy of her to just stop me on the street and be that way.
    I hope that she and her family can find peace in this, and help each other through their pain.

  • *Star*Bryte*

    wow, so sorry to hear!!

  • JCF

    “Collins was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer six-and-a-half years ago”

    Six and a half years w/ Stage 4 ANY cancer is a hell of a fight: I’m sure Jackie bitch-slapped it silly! RIP.

  • I actually had the pleasure to speak to her. Such a wonderful and gracious person.


    awww she was so beautiful until the end