Jackie Collins: Was love novelist Jackie Collins related to Joan Collins? | Books | Entertainment

Jackie Collins, who died in 2015, was known as the queen of bonkbuster for her blockbuster romance novels. The 77-year-old has written 32 books in her lifetime and sold over 500 million copies. But did you know the late writer was related to Dame Joan Collins?

Jackie Collins was the younger sister of Joan Collins, born October 4, 1937 in Hampstead, London.

Her parents were Elsa Bessant and Joseph Collins, a theater agent who represented the Beatles, Sir Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey.

While the Collins sisters grew up with their younger brother Bill, who became a real estate agent.

Jackie attended Francis Holland School, an independent day school for girls, but was eventually kicked out at age 15.

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During this time, it is rumored that Jackie had an affair with 29-year-old Marlon Brando.

In the 1950s, she had acting roles in a number of B-movies, while her parents sent her to live with Joan in Los Angeles where her sister worked as a Hollywood star.

But at 18, Jackie returned to England and started writing her first novel.

The 1968 book The World is Full of Married Men was a bestseller and was subsequently banned in South Africa and Australia.

Jackie has been married twice. First of all to Wallace Austin, with whom she had her daughter Tracey.

In the early 1980s, she married again to Oscar Lerman, with whom she had two more daughters before her death in 1992.

Jackie herself died of breast cancer just two weeks before her 78th birthday on September 19, 2015, after being diagnosed with stage 4 six years earlier.

The author kept this a secret and only told his sister Joan about it two weeks before her death.

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