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    ^Yeah, I wasn't aware at all that she had breast cancer. R.I.P. Jackie and Joan is said to be devastated her little sister is gone.
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    Joan Collins left "completely devastated" after sister Jackie Collins dies aged 77

    The legendary author - who sold more than 500 million books - died earlier today after a secret six-year battle with cancer, and Joan is 'completely devastated' over the tragic loss.

    Speaking to People magazine, she said: "She was my best friend. I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her."

    In what would become her final interview earlier this week, Jackie admitted that she had only told Joan about her diagnosis within the last two weeks.

    Speaking about her sister's reaction to the news, she said: "She was very shocked. She had no idea. But she was great. We were emotional."

    Explaining why she didn't tell Joan about her illness until recently despite their incredibly close relationship, Jackie said she didn't want to 'burden her sister'.

    She added: "Because it would have really affected her. I just felt she didn't need it in her life. She's very positive and very social but I'm not sure how strong she is, so I didn't want to burden her with it."

    The Collins family has confirmed the sad news earlier today with a statement.

    "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," they said.

    "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."

    The sister to legendary actress Joan Collins gave what would be her final interview to the magazine earlier this week, where she said she had no regrets about her life.

    "I did it my way, as Frank Sinatra would say," she said.

    "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.

    "Now I want to save other people's lives."

    Collins revealed she was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer six and a half years ago in her final interview with the magazine.

    The family requests that any donations in lieu of flowers be made out to the Penny Brohn Cancer Care charity in the UK and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organisation in the United States.

    Collins' first book, The World is Full of Married men, was published in 1968 and became her first best-seller.

    She is reported to have sold more than 500 million novels over her career wither her 32 novels being translated into 40 languages.

    Born in London, like her elder sister, Jackie began as an actress, appearing in several movies and television shows before turning to writing full time.

    She is survived by her three daughters, Tracy, 54, Tiffany, 48, and Rory, 46 as well as her sister Joan.

    The legendary 'Queen of the Bonkbuster' - who passed away earlier today at her home in Los Angeles after a six-year battle with breast cancer - was described as a "wonderful, brave and a beautiful person" by her sister Joan Collins.

    Dynasty actress Joan tweeted on Sunday morning, with the message: “Farewell to my beautiful brave baby sister. I will love you and miss you forever. Rest in peace."

    Speaking to People magazine, she said: "She was my best friend. I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her."

    Devastated Joan Collins only found out about her sister Jackie's six-year battle with breast cancer in the weeks leading up to her death.

    In what would become her final interview earlier this week, Jackie, who passed away on Saturday aged 77, admitted that she had only told Joan about her diagnosis within the last two weeks.

    Speaking about her sister's reaction to the news, the best-selling author said: "She was very shocked. She had no idea. But she was great. We were emotional."

    Explaining why she didn't tell Joan about her illness until recently despite their incredibly close relationship, Jackie said she didn't want to "burden" Joan.















    Edit: she looked obviously ill in her most recent shots. Sad. R.I.P.
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    Source: Daily Mail

    'No one has ever known until now': How brave and beloved author Jackie Collins revealed her secret six-year battle with breast cancer in unpublished final interview last week as she dies at 77

    • Jackie Collins, 77, kept her cancer diagnosis almost entirely to herself
    • Gave an emotional interview five days ago saying she had no regrets
    • Collins said she had lived life like Frank Sinatra, and 'did it my way'
    • Tearfully added that she would 'always be there' for her three daughters
    • Sister Joan, 82, says she is 'completely devastated' to lose her 'best friend'


    The English novelist Jackie Collins has died in Los Angeles at the age of 77 after a long battle with breast cancer.

    The younger sister of actress Joan Collins was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer more than six years ago but kept her illness almost entirely to herself.

    A spokesman for her family said: '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.

    '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 four 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.'

    Her sister Joan, 82, said she was 'completely devastated' to lose her 'best friend'.

    Sir Roger Moore, Sandra Bullock and Oprah were among the celebrities who paid tribute yesterday evening.

    The best-selling author had spoken to her three daughters Tracy, 54, Tiffany, 48, and Rory, 46, about her illness.

    She gave an interview from her home in Beverly Hills five days ago, saying she had no regrets.

    Collins said she had lived life like Frank Sinatra, and 'did it my way'.

    In the interview with People magazine, 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 traveled 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.'

    During the emotional interview, Collins - who also has a brother and six grandchildren - said that her family had always been her greatest love.

    'I love being with my family,' she said. 'I love sitting out by the pool and watching my [grandkids] play.'

    She fought back tears as she added that she wanted her daughters to know that she would 'always be there' for them.






    Collins (right) gave an interview from her home in Beverly Hills five days ago, saying she had no regrets

    Collins, who was 77, appeared on Loose Women in London just nine days before her death


    The 'queen of the bonkbuster' stayed busy even in her final days, traveling to London to appear on Loose Women just nine days before her death.

    She also remained active on Twitter, where she posted a picture of her with Harold Robbins and Irving Wallace back in the day.

    The novelist, who spent most of her life in America and became a US citizen in 1960, wrote 32 books - all of which made it onto the New York Times Bestsellers' List.

    Collins was born in Hampstead, London in 1937, and had help starting her career from her father, who was a theatrical agent whose clients included Shirley Bassey, The Beatles and Tom Jones.

    She was expelled from a private school for girls at the age of 15 after throwing her school uniform into the Thames.

    As a young stage singer she appeared alongside the likes of Des O'Connor and reportedly had an affair with Marlon Brando when she was 15 and he was 29.

    She told the Daily Telegraph in 2012 that Brando was fun, but nothing more than a 'schoolgirl crush'. However, she admitted they spent more than one night together







    She and her sister Joan started acting in British B movies, but Jackie largely gave up acting in the 1960s, although did play herself briefly in Minder in 1980.

    The two remained close friends, with Jackie telling People magazine in 1987 that she wished her mother could seen what the pair of them have achieved before her death.

    Her father, Joe, was proud of her, but thought her books were 'pornographic'. 'But he is 83 years old and if he liked my books, I would have to change my style,' she said at the time.

    It was her writing that brought Collins stardom, with her first novel, The World Is Full of Married Men, causing controversy after its release in 1968.

    Critics branded it 'nasty, filthy and disgusting' and it was banned in Australia and South Africa, but its resulting notoriety caused a huge sales boost in the US and the UK.

    Her success was replicated in each of her next novels, which were read by more than 500million people around the globe.

    In the 1980s, Collins and her family moved to Los Angeles full-time. Her next novel, Chances, featured her most famous character - Lucky Santangelo.

    The 'dangerously beautiful' daughter of gangster Gino Santangelo would feature in nine of her best-selling books, of which two were serialized for television, starring Nicollete Sheridan and Sandra Bullock.



    Collins would always buy herself a present after a successful novel, and purchased herself a silver Cadillac Seville after the release of Hollywood Husbands - another chart-topper. It would go on to sell at auction for just over $7,000 in 2006.

    She went on to present her own daily television show in 1998, Jackie Collins Hollywood, in which she interviewed stars of stage, screen and music, including George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez.

    Collins married two times, wedding her first husband Wallace Austin in 1960. They had one child, Tracy, born in 1961, before their divorce in 1964.

    In 1965, Collins married art gallery and nightclub owner, Oscar Lerman.

    They married in the home of her sister Joan and Anthony Newley, and went on two have two daughters, Tiffany and Rory. Lerman also adopted Collins' Tracy. Lerman died in 1992 from prostate cancer.



    In 1994, Collins became engaged to Los Angeles business executive Frank Calcagnini, who died in 1998 from a brain tumour.

    Speaking in 2010, she said: 'I nursed them both through really traumatic illnesses.

    'Frank was so fit and tall and gorgeous and he got flu one Christmas and the doctor said, "Come in for a chest X-ray." So he went in and when he came out, he looked at me and said, “I’m f-----. They’ve given me three months to live".'

    'And those three months were just horrific. For a while afterwards I couldn’t be with people. If they said just one sympathetic word I would burst into tears.'

    After Mr Calcagnini's death, she vowed to never marry again.

    In the Sunday Times Rich List 2011, Collins was listed as the UK's fifth richest author with an estimated personal fortune of $96million (£60 million).

    She was given an OBE in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to fiction and charity.

    Earlier this month, she said: 'I refuse to mourn people, because everybody dies. Death and taxes, you can't avoid either.'


    Saying goodbye: Jackie Collins, who died Saturday at 77, with sister Joan, 82, in London a week ago. Both sisters shared this 'last' photo of themselves together via social media

    'I'm completely devastated': Joan Collins reveals grief at sister Jackie's death from breast cancer... and leads tributes to her 'wonderful, brave, best friend'

    By Rachel McGrath for Dailymail.com

    Jackie and Joan Collins were just about the most famous and certainly the most glamorous sisters in the world and on Saturday Joan said she was 'completely devastated' at Jackie's death.

    'She was my best friend,' Joan, 82, told People. 'I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her.'

    The novelist had kept to herself the fact that she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer six-and-a-half years ago and had told her older actress sister that she was terminally ill only two weeks ago

    Just one week ago, the two met up in London where they enjoyed dinner together at The Wolseley in Mayfair.

    Both Jackie and Joan shared the photo on social media, with Joan tweeting: 'Lovely evening@#thewolselybefore sis went back toLaLaLand.'

    Before her death, Jackie sat down for an interview with People magazine and said the Dynasty star had been 'very shocked' when Jackie told her she was dying.

    'She had no idea. But she was great. We were emotional,' Jackie told People.

    The September 14 interview with Jackie was published Saturday as news of her death broke.

    The writer and TV personality explained she hadn't told her famous older sister about her illness sooner because she hadn't wanted to burden her.

    'I just felt she didn't need it in her life. She's very positive and very social but I'm not sure how strong she is, so I didn't want to burden her with it,' she told the publication.

    Kris Jenner took to Instagram to mourn the passing of her friend.

    The Kardashian momager shared a flashback photo of herself with Jackie and Joan dining out together.

    'I'm so sad to hear about the passing of Jackie Collins..my love and prayers go out to her family and friends and to her sister Joan..what an amazing woman.... It was a joy and honor to have known her,' Kris wrote.

    In 1990, Sandra Bullock was a young actress still trying to make her way in Hollywood.

    One of her first roles was as Maria Santangelo in the TV miniseries Lucky Chances, based on Jackie's best-selling books Lucky and Chances.

    'That smart, talented, and gorgeous woman paved the road for so many of us so that we could experience a much smoother journey ... with or without heels,' the Oscar-winning Blind Side actress told People.

    She added: 'Heaven ... watch out!'

    Little House On The Prairie star Melissa Gilbert starred in the 2003 TV movie of Hollywood Wives: The New Generation.

    The actress, 51, also shared a flashback photo on her Instagram account showing herself with Jackie and her Hollywood Wives co-stars Farrah Fawcett, Robin Givens and Jeff Kaake.

    'An amazing woman. Talented. Funny. Kind. One of my very favorite producers ever,' Gilbert also tweeted.

    'She will be deeply missed.'

    Philanthropist and iconic Beverly Hills socialite Barbara Davis, widow of oil industrialist and former owner of 20th Century Fox Marvin Davis, was a close friend of the Hollywood Kids and Hollywood Divorces author.

    Davis told The Hollywood Reporter that she, too, had only just found out that she had breast cancer.

    'None of us knew she was sick. I didn't find out until yesterday.' Davis told the publication Saturday.

    'She kept it to herself, and she lived with it. She'd just done a book tour in London where she'd gone to tell her family the cancer had spread. But nobody knew it was this close. Jackie was the bravest woman in the world. I'll love her forever.'

    Ross Mathews, who found fame as Jay Leno's 'intern' on The Tonight Show and went on to be a red carpet host for E!, shared a photo of himself with Jackie.

    He's holding a copy of her last book The Santangelos and has his arm around the frail novelist.

    'I can't imagine a world without my funny, fabulous & groundbreaking friend Jackie Collins,' he wrote alongside the picture he shared on Instagram.

    'You should've heard the stories she told me in private. I felt fabulous just being in her orbit. I was one of the lucky ones, he added. 'I bet she's already got all the gossip on the other side. I love you, Jackie, and thank you.'

    Among the famous names paying tribute to the author of Hollywood Husbands, Lucky and Lady Boss were TV host Sharon Osbourne, actors James Woods and Erik Estrada and Oprah Winfrey.

    'She was one of the loveliest people imaginable,' Woods tweeted.

    'A true star who treated everyone equally. RIP, dear friend.'

    Osbourne said she was 'shocked and devastated' at the news.

    'Loved and respected her,' she tweeted.

    CHIPs star Estrada tweeted he was 'saddened' by her death, adding 'you will be missed.'

    Veteran talk show host Larry King said he was shocked and saddened at the news and remembered the author of 32 bestsellers as 'a true talent, a beautiful being and a dear friend.'

    Morning anchor Hoda Kotb said simply she was 'so sad' to hear the news.

    Jackie Collins' final, stoic TV appearance: Novelist flew from LA to London for chat show just NINE DAYS before her death, gave no indication of her suffering and even joked about her 'research' for erotic novels

    By Ollie Gillman for Dailymail.com

    Jackie Collins flew from Los Angeles to London to appear on Loose Women just over a week before her death - showing no sign whatsoever that she was terminally ill.

    The best-selling author, who died on Saturday aged 77 after a six-year battle with breast cancer, was in high spirits and was still speaking about future plans, suggesting she may have taken a sudden turn for the worse after the 10,000-mile round trip.

    Collins kept a busy schedule until her death, making her final, stoic televised appearance on the women's chat show nine days before she passed away.



    She spoke of how she enjoyed a 'proper English cup of tea' with scones on the British Airways flight to London, before heading straight to Marks & Spencer as she misses the British way of life while at her home in Beverly Hills.

    Collins told the ITV show that she hoped to persuade Angelina Jolie to star in a movie adaptation of her latest novel, while also telling all about her 'research' for the sexual positions that feature in her 'bonkbuster' novels.

    Despite secretly suffering from terminal cancer, Collins made the mammoth trip at the start of the month, meeting her sister Joan, 82, for dinner at Wolseley in Mayfair.

    She continued to promote her novel The Santangelos at book signings and in magazine interviews before appearing on Loose Women on September 10.

    She gave no indication whatsoever that she was dying, with perhaps her only sign that something was amiss being her stumbling over the word 'cancer' as she chit-chatted with the hosts.

    'Looking back, I'm not sorry about anything I did,' she said.

    '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 author fought back tears as she said she would 'always be there' for her daughters, Tracy, 54, Tiffany, 48, and Rory, 46.

    Up until the day before she died, Collins was chatting to fans on Facebook, writing on her Facebook page that she was excited to watch the season premiere of Nashville, which starts on September 23.

    The day before she died she was still making plans, praising a fan for coming up with the idea of putting all of her novels with her famed character Lucky into one collection.

    She was busy on Twitter too, posting images from her heyday suggesting she was growing sentimental as she came to terms with her illness.

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    I can really sympathize with Joan. I didn't find out my dad had cancer until he was dying in the hospital from something else and the doctor told me. It was a mix of emotions after he died. I was angry that he hadn't told me and robbed me of time I could have spent with him. On the other hand, I felt guilty, too, because you shouldn't need something bad to happen to make you want to spend more time with someone. And then there was the normal grieving AND the fact that I was the one who had to make the decision to pull the plug on top of it. Ugh. Afterward, I asked my children if they would want to know if I ever got cancer or something fatal and they both said yes. I understand why my father chose not to say anything, but it didn't make it easier for me in the end. I'm really glad Jackie at least let her children know. I think it's a good thing to know even if it is bad news.
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    Your relationships with your siblings generally are the longest you'll have in your life. It's really hard to deal with the break in the chain. That said, my sister and I (seniors) still call each other Stinky and Booger.
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    I love the pictures of them on the cover of Vanity Fair and in the back of the limo. I also love Jackie in her wedding picture as she looks like she is giving the finger! Always thought they were fabulous role models for sisters and if I ever had a sister, I would want us to be like Joan and Jackie. RIP Jackie.
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    RIP, Jackie. Oh the stories i bet you could tell that never made it into print. I'm so glad you ignored the prudes and naysayers. We love you!
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    I was so bummed to see this Saturday. Joan has always been a hero of mine since I was little and then I discovered Jackie's books. Boy did I learn some stuff following those Santangelos. I just thought Lucky was the ultimate ballsy woman. RIP Jackie! I'm gonna miss you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gas_chick View Post
    I was so bummed to see this Saturday. Joan has always been a hero of mine since I was little and then I discovered Jackie's books. Boy did I learn some stuff following those Santangelos. I just thought Lucky was the ultimate ballsy woman. RIP Jackie! I'm gonna miss you!
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    My 52 year old brother drives me up the wall because he still hasn't grown up. But if anything ever happened to him before me...I'd be one broken-up motherf**ker.
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    RIP Jackie. *hugs for Joan*
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    So sad I'm am currently reading one of her Lucky Santalogoes books and loving it as always ,and the picture of her flipping someone off in the wedding dress is awesome
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