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.