Joan Collins returns to Piers Morgan’s life stories on ITV this Sunday, and her late sister Jackie is back in the spotlight.
This month, the documentary Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story, which explores the life of the famous author, will be released.
While Joan was at the center of the big and small screen for seven decades, Jackie was hugely successful in her self-chosen career.
Her slippery novels have sold over 500 million copies in 40 countries, and she had 31 New York Times bestsellers under her belt.
Here is a reminder of the life of the younger Collins sister …
Where was Jackie Collins born?
Jackie Collins was born in Hampstead, London, in 1937, four years younger than Joan.
The two sisters also have a younger brother, Bill. As a teenager, Jackie reportedly had an affair with Hollywood actor Marlon Brando and was expelled from school at the age of 15.
Her parents sent her to Joan in Los Angeles, but two years later Jackie returned to England to focus on writing.
Her first book “The World Is Full of Married Men” was published in 1968 and was an overnight success.
In 2013, Jackie was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty for Services to Literature and Charity. She allegedly joked to the Queen: “Not bad for a school dropout.”
Were Joan and Jackie Collins close?
The glamorous couple often appeared together on the red carpet at parties and events – and Joan even starred in two film adaptations of Jackie’s novels.
But the relationship was not without complications.
Joan previously revealed that Jackie didn’t like her fourth husband, Peter Holm, and the sisters didn’t see each other often during their late 80s wedding.
And Jackie is said to have felt ‘inferior’ to Joan – in her diary at the age of 15, she wrote: “Went to a party with Joan. It was fun. I get a terrible inferiority complex when I’m with Joan. I feel very big, clumsy and boring. “
However, speaking to Loose Women in 2020, Joan described Jackie as “the perfect sister”.
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How did Jackie Collins die?
Jackie Collins died on September 19, 2015 after battling stage four breast cancer.
in the a letter to their fans Before she died, she wrote: “Embrace what you love and LIVE life to the fullest, because tomorrow is not promised to any of us.”
Jackie told very few people about her diagnosis and didn’t confide in her sister Joan until weeks before she died.
Jackie made her last appearance on Loose Women about nine days before her death, wearing her iconic shoulder pads and signature puffy hairstyle.
This is how you see Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story
The film features contributions from Jackie’s loved ones, including Joan Collins and her children.
Shortly after broadcasting in the US on CNN, it was released in limited theaters in the UK.
The documentary will air on BBC2 later that year – a date has not yet been set.
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