Jackie Collins Dead

Jackie Collins, Best-Selling Author Behind Hollywood Wives and Lucky Chances Miniseries, Dead at 77

Jackie Collins, the bestselling author who sourced the TV miniseries Hollywood Wives and Lucky Chances, died on Saturday following a six-and-a-half year battle with breast cancer. She was 77.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one-of-a-kind mother,” Collins’ family said in a statement to People. “She was a true inspiration, a trailblazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters, but we already miss her beyond words.”

Among Collins’ myriad novels, Hollywood Wives was developed into a TV miniseries in 1985, with a cast that included Candice Bergen, Angie Dickinson and Stefanie Powers, while Chances and Lucky were blended into the 1990 mini Lucky Chances, starring Nicollette Sheridan (pictured with Collins above).

Collins’ Lady Boss and Hollywood Wives: The New Generation would be developed into TV-movies starring Kim Delaney (assuming the Lucky Santangelo role) and Farrah Fawcett, respectively.

Collins is survived by her actress-sister Joan Collins (Dynasty), her brother Bill, three daughters and six grandchildren.

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  1. Lisa says:

    I grew up on her books. Her passing makes me sad.

  2. leigh says:

    Very sad to hear. May she rest in peace.

  3. thisismenow says:

    RIP – A truly elegant writer and a legend.

  4. Tim says:

    she was just on Watch What Happens Live! so sad

  5. rebecca says:

    I just listened to her on the Straight Talk with Ross podcast. Such a great lady.

  6. c-mo says:

    She is one of the authors that cemented my love of reading as a young adult and will always hold a special place in my heart. So sorry for your loss, Collins family.

  7. MP says:

    Heartbreaking. Simply heartbreaking. I’ve seen her on Good Day NY numerous times and she was always such a wonderful and entertaining guest. She will be missed. Condolences to her family, friends and readers.

  8. monieet says:

    RIP JC. You will be missed.