Jackie Collins, the novelist who wrote over thirty books, all of which were bestsellers, passed away on Saturday at the age of 77. Collins battled breast cancer since her diagnosis six and a half years ago. A prolific writer for over four decades (beginning with The World is Full of Married Men, published in 1968, and spanning to The Santangelos, published in June 2015), Collins’ work primarily explores the dark underpinnings of our culture’s most sought-after lifestyles and aspirations. According to The Washington Post, “her work came to symbolize the fictional re-creation of the lives of Hollywood’s handsome and haunted as they navigated an environment of raw ambition and ravenous hunger for success and sexual conquest.” She wrote often about the entertainment industry and also worked in it. Many of her novels have been adapted for the screen, with Collins herself penning the screenplays for The Stud, The World is Full of Married Men, and Lucky Chances, among others.
Her family released this statement to People Magazine: “She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over 4 decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words.”
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