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Jackie Collins

Occupation Novelist
Children Tracy Lerman b. 1960?
Tiffany Lerman b. 1966
Rory Lerman b. 1968
Parents Elsa Bessant
Joseph William Collins
Relatives Joan Collins (sister)
Bill Collins (brother)

Jacqueline Jill "Jackie" Collins (born 4 October 1937), is a British-born novelist. She is the younger sister of actress Joan Collins. She has written twenty-five novels to date, twenty three of them on the New York Times bestsellers list. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award winning British actress and bestselling author. ... Sister may refer to: a female sibling a member of a sorority a female member of a religious institution or congregation, often referred to as a nun in common language a female member of a mutual organisation such as a trade union one of a pair or larger group of... Look up Brother in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Brother may have the following meanings, in addition to and derived from its main one of male sibling; see Family. a male friend or acquaintance, in some cultures shortened to Bro or Brah a peer, male or female (though such usage is... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Novel (disambiguation). ... Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award winning British actress and bestselling author. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...



Early life

Collins was born in London, the daughter of Elsa Bessant, a dance teacher and nightclub hostess, and Joseph William Collins, a theatrical agent whose clients included Shirley Bassey, The Beatles and Tom Jones.[1][2] Collins's South Africa-born father was Jewish and her British mother was Anglican.[3] A middle child, Collins has one sister, actress Joan Collins (b.1933), and a younger brother, Bill Collins (b. 1946). This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE, CBE (born January 8, 1937 in Cardiff, Wales), is a Welsh singer. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... For other uses, see Tom Jones (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award winning British actress and bestselling author. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

She attended secondary school at the Francis Holland School in central London. Rebellious from an early age, Collins was expelled from school when she was 15 after she was caught smoking in school uniform. Her action of rebellion when she was expelled was to take her uniform to Westminster Bridge and throw it in the Thames. "It was a wonderful feeling watching it float away", she later said. Francis Holland School is the name of two independent day schools for girls in central London governed by the Francis Holland (Church of England) Schools Trust. ... Westminster Bridge and the Palace of Westminster, with a glimpse of Westminster Abbey behind the tower of Big Ben. ... Several places exist with the name Thames, and the word is also used as part of several brand and company names Most famous is the River Thames in England, on which the city of London stands Other Thames Rivers There is a Thames River in Canada There is a Thames...

Film career

Collins once claimed in an interview with Lester Middlehurst of the Daily Mail that as soon as she was expelled she left home and never took a penny from her father[citation needed]. "I never sought his opinion and I never asked for his approval. I just got on with my life. I never had an ounce of encouragenement from him but I never expected it." Joe Collins' version varied starkly in his auto-biography. He alleged that after her expulsion from Francis Holland, she wanted to become a journalist but due to the fact that he had no connections or useful contacts in the Press he pursuaded her to become an actress instead and although he was furious that she had left school without any qualifications he promised to help her break into films. The Daily Mail is a British newspaper, currently published in a tabloid format. ...

Collins earliest credit to film or television was in a 1949 episode of Kraft Television Theatre called "Seen and Not Heard". Although not much has ever been said about this early credit, it is often accepted that the British film The Pay Off (1955) was Collins first acting role where she portrayed juvenile delinquent Laura Sparkes. Her next film role was as Jackie in the 1957 release Rock You Sinners. It has been suggested that Kraft Television Theater be merged into this article or section. ...

Collins seemed to be making the rounds of "bad girl" roles that had plagued her sister before her. Her father suggested she travel to Hollywood to "become a film star like your sister". With hindsight, Joe Collins later regretted this mistake. "It never crossed my mind, nor Elsa's, that Jackie might spend frustrating years in a profession where she was always in Joan's shadow." ...

"It seemed like a pretty good idea at the time, so I went", Jackie later commented. "Joan met me at the airport and gave me the keys to her car, the keys to her home and told me to learn to drive." She spent the next eleven months in Los Angeles being trained in 20th Century Fox's star grooming school and trying to obtain a work permit. After many efforts proved fruitless, the disillusioned Collins left Los Angeles and returned to London. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ...

Her next roles were forgettable parts in forgettable films. Undercover Girl, The Safecracker, Intent To Kill and Passport To Shame didn't do anything for Collins fledgling career and after these 1958 releases she didn't work in film for another three years.


Living with her parents and still calling herself an actress, Collins married her first husband, rich jetsetter Wallace Austin on 13 December 1960 at Marylebone registry office. They had a daughter, Tracy, within the first year of their marriage but divorced after four and a half years. Marylebone (sometimes written St. ...

In 1966 Collins married for the second time to art gallery and Ad-Lib Nightclub owner Oscar Lerman on 15 June 1966, in the home of sister Joan and (then) husband Anthony Newley. Together Collins and Lerman had two daughters, Tiffany (whom she gave birth to only months after her marriage to Lerman in 1966) and Rory in 1968. Lerman also formally adopted Collins' daughter Tracy. Anthony George Newley (September 24, 1931 – April 14, 1999), was an English actor, singer and songwriter. ...

Writing career

With Lerman's encouragement, Collins went on to write several steamy bestsellers during the 1960's and 1970's, the first of which The World Is Full Of Married Men was published in 1968. "When I met my first husband, I hadn't finished my first book The World Is Full Of Married Men. I thought if I sent it around to publishers, I'd be putting myself up for rejection. Right away, he kept insisting: "You can do it." I haven't forgotten that. My husband is incredibly important." The book satisfied the revenge fantasies of betrayed wives. Its protagonist, David Cooper, a middle-aged advertising executive, gets involved in a torrid affair with a young starlet. Though he ultimately realizes his mistake by then it is too late because his ex-wife, Linda has already found someone else. The book she explained was a different type of novel that was being written at the time. "If a married man can play around in marriage, a woman can too," Collins was quoted as saying. "The women who were writing at the time - Edna O'Brien, Penelope Mortimer - all had women going off to the country to have nervous breakdowns over married men. I was writing a woman who was not in literature at the time."

Without an agent but with the strong support and encouragment of her husband, Collins sent off the manuscript to a publisher. It was accepted and The World Is Full Of Married Men became a hit in the UK and the US, but was banned in Australia[citation needed]. Many criticised the book for its sexually explicit nature, with Barbara Cartland going as far as to say it was "pornographic". Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland DBE CStJ (9 July 1901 – 21 May 2000) was one of the most successful writers of romance novels of all time, specialising in historical love themes. ...

Collins' next novel The Stud was published in 1969 and followed the sexually charged affairs of married Fontaine Khaled who owns a fashionable London nightclub. Lerman, who had by now opened another London hotspot named Ad Lib, was only too happy to give his assistance. "Filthy, disgusting and unnecessary" was Barbara Cartland's reaction to the book, while The Sunday Times quipped "Sexual athletics among the in-crowd". It soon made the bestseller lists like its predecessor. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Laser lights illuminate the dance floor at a Gatecrasher dance music event in Sheffield, England A nightclub (or night club or club) is a drinking, dancing, and entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... For other uses, see The Sunday Times (disambiguation). ...

Collins' third novel, Sunday Simmons & Charlie Brick, (first published under the title The Hollywood Zoo in the UK and then retitled Sinners worldwide in 1984) was published in 1971 and again made the bestseller lists. This would be Collins first foray into the lives of the rich and famous in Tinseltown and reviews were strong for Collins' approach to Hollywood players. News Of The World described it as "A scandalously sexy novel". This page is about sin in the context of religion. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., situated northwest of Downtown. ... The News of the World is a British tabloid newspaper published every Sunday. ...

Lovehead followed in 1974 (retitled The Love Killers in 1989). Teh novel was another bestseller but was somewhat different from any of her other works. Lovehead was Collins' first foray into the world of organised crime, a genre that would later prove to be extremely successful for the author. The plot concerned the organised murder of women's right activist and feminist Margaret Lawrence Brown. Three women, two who are Margaret's half sisters and one whom she saved from a life of working in the porn industry, plan revenge on the mobster responsible, Enzio Bassalino.

Following this, Collins released two more novels in the mid 1970s; The World Is Full Of Divorced Women in 1975 and the sprawling Lovers & Gamblers in 1977, which would become her longest novel.

Later career

The late 1970s proved to be a busy time for Collins as she moved into film. In 1978, she co-wrote the screenplay for the film version of her 1969 novel The Stud, starring her older sister Joan as gold-digging adulteress Fontaine Khaled. Joan had experienced a devastating career slump by this time, and Collins had offered the film rights to the novel to her sister for free. The film was then produced independently after Joan arranged financing through a casual acquaintance she had met at the Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to become a box office hit. Following this, Collins wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of her first novel The World Is Full Of Married Men, which was released in 1979. She also released her seventh novel, The Bitch, a sequel to The Stud, which was also made into a successful film the same year, with Joan reprising her role. The film version of The Bitch was written and directed by Gerry O'Hara, based on Collins' source novel. Also in 1979, Collins wrote the screenplay for the film Yesterday's Hero. The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... Look up Bitch on Wiktionary, the free dictionary The word bitch — originally used for the female members of the canid species, especially dogs — is more often employed in a figurative sense as an insult for a malicious, spiteful, domineering, intrusive, and/or unpleasant woman (or gay male). ... Gerry OHara (b. ...

In the 1980s, Collins and her family moved to Los Angeles on a full time basis. Her next novel was Chances, published in 1981 and which she described as her first Harold Robbins-type novel. It was also the first novel to introduce her most famous character, Lucky Santangelo, the "dangerously beautiful" daughter of a one-time gangster Gino Santangelo. While living in the hills above Sunset Boulevard, Collins collected the knowledge and experience to write her most successful novel, Hollywood Wives which was published in 1983. The novel hit the New York Times bestseller list at number one, and went on to sell fifteen million copies worldwide[citation needed]. Marketed as a "scandalous exposé", the novel placed Collins in a powerful position and made her a celebrity of almost equal status to sister Joan, whose own career had taken an upwards direction with her role in the hit US soap drama Dynasty. In 1985, Hollywood Wives was also made into a highly rated mini-series, produced by Aaron Spelling and starring Candice Bergen, Stefanie Powers, Angie Dickinson, Anthony Hopkins, Suzanne Sommers and Mary Crosby. Though credited as "Creative Consultant", Collins later stated that she was never consulted during production and that she did not agree with some of the casting choices. She then went on to write the sequel to Chances entitled Lucky, published in 1985, Hollywood Husbands in 1986, Rock Star in 1988 and a third Lucky Santangelo novel, Lady Boss, in 1990. Also in 1990, Collins wrote and co-produced a mini-series that combined her first two Santangelo novels entitled Lucky Chances. Harold Robbins (May 21, 1916-October 14, 1997) was an American author. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... // For other uses, see Dynasty (disambiguation). ... Aaron Spelling (April 22, 1923 РJune 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. ... Candice Patricia Bergen (born May 9, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning American actress and former fashion model, primarily for her roles in sitcoms and television. ... Stefanie Powers with Robert Wagner Stefanie Powers (born Stefania Zofia Federkiewicz[1] on November 2, 1942) is an American stage and film actress and singer. ... Angie Dickinson (born September 30, 1931) is a Golden Globe-winning American television and film actress, perhaps best known for her role as Sergeant Leann Pepper Anderson in the 1970s crime drama Police Woman. ... For the composer, see Antony Hopkins. ... Suzanne Somers (born October 16, 1946) is an American actress best known for her role on the sitcom Threes Company. ... Mary Frances Crosby (born 14 September 1959) is an American actress. ...

In 1992, Collins experienced a tremendous loss when her husband of twenty six years, Oscar Lerman, died of cancer. Around this time, Collins also wrote and produced another mini-series based on her Lucky Santangelo novel Lady Boss. She went on to pen several more bestsellers; American Star in 1993, Hollywood Kids in 1994 and the fourth Lucky Santangelo novel Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge in 1996. In the mid-1990s, Collins met Los Angeles businessman Frank Calcagnini to whom she became engaged. Sadly Calcagnini also died of cancer in 1998 as Collins's attempted foray into talk television also floundered. She soon penned a new novel, Thrill, and wrote a four-part series of mini novels to be released in a newspaper every six weeks called L.A. Connections, introducing a new heroine in the form of journalist Madison Castelli. Dangerous Kiss, the fifth Lucky Santangelo novel was published in 1999 and she soon brought back Madison Castelli in Lethal Seduction, published in 2000. In 2001 she published Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, which itself was later turned into a television movie starring Farrah Fawcett and Melissa Gilbert. Deadly Embrace, the sequel to "Lethal Seduction", was published in 2002 and Hollywood Divorces was published in 2003. Her last two recent bestsellers were Lovers & Players in 2006 and Drop Dead Beautiful in 2007. Collins initially said on her website that this would probably be her final Lucky Santangelo novel, but has apparently since refuted this in an interview on BBC Radio 4 on 31st October 2007. “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Ferrah Leni Fawcett (born February 2, 1947) is an American actress. ... Melissa Ellen Gilbert (born May 8, 1964) is an American actress, writer and producer, primarily in movies and television. ...

The Sunday Times Rich List estimates Collins' personal fortune at £70 million GBP (about $135 million USD) as of 2006. To date she has sold over 400 million copies of her novels which have been translated into 40 languages. The Sunday Times Rich List is a list of the 1,000 most wealthy people or families in the United Kingdom, updated annually in April and published as a magazine supplement by British national Sunday newspaper The Sunday Times since 1989. ...

Collins resides in Beverly Hills, California and has recently finished working on her 26th novel Married Lovers, which is set to hit bookshelves on June 10th 2008.

Other career highlights

In 2004, Collins created a series of specials for E!, which she hosted to great success. She also left her publisher of nearly twenty years, Simon & Schuster, in favour of St. Martin's Press as she grew restless with her current publishing situation. She has also signed a new deal with Fremantle Television to create a television series based on heiresses entitled Rich Girls. E!: Entertainment Television is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. ... Jean-François Millet Le Semeur (The Sower) Simon & Schuster logo, circa 1961. ...


  • The World Is Full Of Married Men (1968)
  • The Stud (1969)
  • Sinners (first published as Sunday Simmons & Charlie Brick) (1971)
  • The Love Killers (first published as Lovehead) (1974)
  • The World Is Full Of Divorced Women (1975)
  • Lovers & Gamblers (1977)
  • The Bitch (1979)
  • Rock Star (1988)
  • American Star (1993)
  • Thrill (1998)
  • Lovers & Players (2006)
  • Married Lovers (to be published 2008)

Hollywood Series

  • Hollywood Wives (1983)
  • Hollywood Husbands (1986)
  • Hollywood Kids (1994)
  • Hollywood Wives: The New Generation (2001)
  • Hollywood Divorces (2003)

The Santangelo Novels
See main article The Santangelo Novels

  • Chances (1981)
  • Lucky (1985)
  • Lady Boss (1990)
  • Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge (1996)
  • Dangerous Kiss (1999)
  • Drop Dead Beautiful (2007)

Madison Castelli Series

  • L. A. Connections (serialised novel):
    • Power (1998)
    • Obsession (1998)
    • Murder (1998)
    • Revenge (1998)
  • Lethal Seduction (2000)
  • Deadly Embrace (2002)

See also

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External links

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Jackie Collins is currently working on a new novel, Married Lovers, about sex, power, money and relationships.
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Jackie and Joan grew around the enterteinment business and they both were encouraged toward acting career.
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