Racy novelist Jackie Collins dies at 77 from breast cancer
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Her fellow British romance novelist Barbara Cartland denounced her novels as "filthy and disgusting and [she was] responsible for all the perverts in England." Author Jackie Collins never shied away from explicit depictions of sex - and her writing "talent" was debatable. Most everybody read Jackie Collins' novels anyway. She has passed away at the age of 77 from breast cancer.
Novelist Jackie Collins was harshly criticized for both the quality and content of her writing - but offered no apologies.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The younger sister of actor Joan Collins, she kept her diagnosis secret over the past several years. "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," her official Facebook page read.
"She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends, and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for the past four decades."
They added that she had been an "inspiration" to many, and "a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force."
Actor and sister, 82-year-old Joan Collins, paid tribute to her "beautiful and brave baby sister," and said, "I will love you and miss you forever."
Collins was harshly criticized for both the quality and content of her writing - but offered no apologies. In her final published interview, she said, "Looking back, I'm not sorry about anything I did . 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."
The proud mother of her three daughters, Tracy, 54, Tiffany, 48, and Rory, 46, she said, "I want them to feel secure and I want them to feel whatever happens, I'll always be there."
Collins wrote astonishing 32-bestselling novels about love, sex, glamour, power, and Hollywood Lives. Her books have been translated into 40 languages. Over 500 million copies of her books sold.
Collins had a philosophy regarding her explicit sex scenes. "As a writer, you can never think about who is going to read your books. Is it going to be my mom? My children? A lot of people say to me, 'Oh, I read your books under a cover with a flashlight when I was really young and I learned everything I know about sex from you.' . I think I've helped people's sex lives. Sex is a driving force in the world so I don't think it's unusual that I write about sex. I try to make it erotic, too."
Among her many novels were "The World is Full of Married Men," which was banned in Australia. A sequel of sorts, "The World is Full of Divorced Women," followed. Her 1985 book, "Hollywood Wives" was adapted for television by Dynasty producer Aaron Spelling.
While the comings and goings of Tinseltown fueled her novels, Hollywood has expressed regret over her passing. "She was one of the loveliest people imaginable. A true star that treated everyone equally. RIP, dear friend," actor James Woods tweeted.
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