Jackie Collins, who wrote the kind of novels that millions of readers devour and teenagers used to read by flashlight under the covers at night, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 77.
“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,” Collins’ family said in a statement.
“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 first novel, “The World Is Full of Married Men,” was so steamy that for a time it was banned in Australia and South Africa after its publication in 1968. Ms. Collins gleefully recounted in a magazine interview a confrontation with the romance writer Barbara Cartland, who called the book “filthy and disgusting” and blamed her “for all the perverts in England.”
She will be sorely missed by her millions of fans.
Books by Jackie Collins:
The Santangelos: A Novel
The Power Trip