Jackie Collins: Biography

Jackie Collins

04 okt 1937

Jackie Collins was a British author of romantic novels. She was born in London, England in 1937, the daughter of a well-renowned theatre agent known for his work with Shirley Bassey, the Beatles and Tom Jones. She was raised in the UK alongside her elder sister and younger brother although she moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s and became a citizen of the United States. She spent most of her writing career living and working in LA.

Jackie Collins wrote 32 novels in total and each and every one of them appeared on the New York Times list of bestselling titles. Altogether, more than 500 million of her books have been sold all over the world in more than 40 languages. Her novels have also inspired adaptations for both the big and little screen, with eight films and television series having been made from her books.

Collins cited some of her favourite writers as being Harold Robbins, Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane. Having lived in LA and having grown up with a theatrical agent for a father, she knew a great deal about showbusiness and used this knowledge as the inspiration for her famous Hollywood series.

Collins died in September 2015, having lost her battle with breast cancer. Despite having fought the illness for 6 years before her death, Jackie Collins kept her health issues a secret from the media and from those she loved. Her sister only found out that she was ill a couple of weeks before she died and just 9 days before her death she flew all the way from LA to London to appear on a British chat show. Her death therefore came as a shock.