She seemed like her usual bright and witty self — telling humorously risqué stories and sharing details about her new book, The Santangelos — on the British gabfest Loose Women.
So when beloved author Jackie Collins died just nine days later on Sept. 19, fans were shocked and devastated.
Jackie, 77, had been privately battling stage 4 breast cancer for the past six-and-a-half years, confiding mainly in her three daughters, Tracy, 54, Tiffany, 48, and Rory, 46.
Jackie and her sister Joan in April 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Even her older sister, actress Joan Collins, 82, wasn’t told until just weeks before her death. “I didn’t want to burden her with it,” Jackie told a reporter in a Sept. 14 interview. In a career that spanned almost half a century, Jackie wrote 32 novels — all best sellers — and sold more than 500 million copies worldwide.
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She made her debut with the steamy page-turner The World Is Full of Married Men in 1968 — a book that romance novelist Barbara Cartland called “nasty, filthy and disgusting,” but which readers loved.
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