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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Remembering Jackie Collins 1937 - 2015

English novelist Jackie Collins, who died Saturday at age 77, wrote 32 novels, which have sold over 500 million copies. Her first novel, The World Is Full of Married Men, was published in 1968, and eight of her books have been made into films or television miniseries.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Ms. Collins' life and career.

Her second novel, The Stud, was published in 1969, and her older sister, actress Joan Collins, starred in the 1978 film version (which Jackie co-wrote).

In one of her first American television interviews, she was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to promote her 1977 novel, Lovers and Gamblers.

Joan Collins reprised her role as Fontaine Khaled in 1979's The Bitch, which was based on Jackie's seventh novel and a sequel to The Stud.

Her most commercially successful novel, 1983's Hollywood Wives, was made into a 1985 ABC miniseries starring Candice Bergen, Anthony Hopkins, Stefanie Powers and Suzanne Somers.

She promoted her 1985 novel, Lucky, on A.M. Chicago with host Oprah Winfrey.

In July 1987, she and romance novelist Barbara Cartland (who was not a fan of her books) were guests on the British talk show, Wogan.

She wrote the 1990 NBC miniseries, Lucky Chances, which combined her novels, Chances (1981) and Lucky. It starred Nicollette Sheridan, Vincent Irizarry and Sandra Bullock.

Her 1990 novel, Lady Boss, was adapted as a 1992 NBC miniseries starring Kim Delaney, Jack Scalia and Joan Rivers.

Her 2001 novel, Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, was made into a 2003 CBS movie starring starring Farrah Fawcett, Melissa Gilbert and Robin Givens.

She and her sister Joan were interviewed together on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on March 5, 2011.

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