“Jackie Collins, the prolific, best-selling author behind ‘The World Is Full Of Married Men,’ ‘Hollywood Wives,’ and ‘Lady Boss’ died on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at the age of 77,” reports Entertainment Weekly. She had been suffering from breast cancer.
Actress Joan Collins, 82, told People magazine in a statement, “She was my best friend. I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her.”
According to EW, Collins said to PEOPLE magazine on Sept. 14 during what would become her last interview, “I did it my way, as Frank Sinatra would say. I’ve written five books since the diagnosis, I’ve lived my life, I’ve travelled all over the world, I have not turned down book tours and no one has ever known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it.”
EW says that Collins “was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer more than six years ago, but kept the diagnosis private. (According to PEOPLE, Collins only told her three daughters about her breast cancer.) Her sister, Joan, did not find out until two weeks ago.”
EW also says that “Collins published her first novel, ‘The World is Full of Married Men,’ in 1968. She would go on to write 31 more books, all of which appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. More than 500 million copies of Collins’ novels, which focused on the glamour and scandal of Hollywood, have been sold worldwide.”
She was born in London, but spent most of her adult life in Los Angeles. Eight of her novels were either made into feature films or were adapted for TV, according to Wikipedia.