Jackie Collins, the best-selling author of several steamy novels who depicted the boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood’s power crowd, has died of breast cancer, her family said.
The 77-year-old British-born Collins, younger sister of actress Joan Collins, died on Saturday in Los Angeles, said her spokeswoman Melody Korenbrot.
Collins, who wrote about characters driven by lust, power and greed, sold more than 500 million copies of her books in 40 countries and has some 30 New York Times bestsellers, according to her own website.
Collins followed her older sister to Los Angeles when she was just a teenager. She did not only write about Hollywood, she also enjoyed great success in the entertainment industry with several of her stories adapted for television.
Some of her most successful novels included the 1983 “Hollywood Wives,” about women living glamorous lives behind the scenes of the industry, and the 1985 “Lucky” and 1990 “Lady Boss” from her series focused on the ravishing and ambitious character Lucky Santangelo, who was born into an organized crime family.
Collins faced controversy during her career, writing novels so steamy they outraged political figures from Britain to China.
Her debut novel, “The World is Full of Married Men,” was reportedly deemed “filthy and disgusting” by author Barbara Cartland and banned in Australia.
Collins told Reuters the book was “way before its time” with its tale of a woman who cheats on her husband and another who likes sex with married men.
Collins was married to her second husband, Oscar Lerman, for more than 25 years until his death in 1992.