Writer Jackie Collins arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.
1.”I have considered rap music stars, and there is one in my new book, Lovers and Players, and there is also a hip-hop music mogul who I think you will like a lot.”
2.”Agents are essential, because publishers will not read unsolicited manuscripts.”
3.”All of my books have the potential to become movies, it’s just a question of finding a studio who wants to get behind me and put up the money to make the movie.”
4.”Authors change publishers because it’s like being married for a long time and suddenly you want to go out and have a wild affair! No, not seriously, sometimes the deal is more interesting with a new publisher, and other times they have more enthusiasm for your books.”
5.”Brittany Murphy… who knows if she’s going to be around. Kirsten Dunst, I think she’s really boring. Reese Witherspoon? She can open a movie.”
6.”Do not copy my style! The first rule of writing is write about what you know, not what you think you know. So, think about what you’ve done in your life and write about that.”
7.”I am currently talking to one of the studios about making American Star as a TV series.”
8.”I am still shocking people today, and I don’t know why. Is it because I’m a woman talking about sex and men? One magazine said that no one writes sex in the back of a Bentley better than Jackie Collins.”
9.”I don’t believe in writing anything that I don’t know about or haven’t researched about personally. I like to transport the reader to places, and in order to do that I have to do the research.”
10.”I have this theory that people in Hollywood don’t read. They read ‘Vanity Fair’ and then consider themselves terribly well read. I think I can basically write about anybody without getting caught.”
11.”I have visited Australia several times, and I always try to make a point of going to Melbourne because it’s almost my favorite city there, Melbourne and Sydney. But I shouldn’t say that because I haven’t been everywhere-and I’m very fond of Perth too!”
12.”I have written 20 books, and each one is like having a baby. Writing is not easy; some people want to write books but just can’t put a story together. I can put together a story that interests both me and my readers.”
13.”I know that I am very popular in Holland, in fact I have visited Amsterdam several times to publicize my books. I have a great publisher in Holland and they have published all of my books in Dutch.”
14.”I like to be alone. I like the peace of it. I don’t want a stylist, any of that. I like to keep it simple.”
15.”I really fall in love with my characters, even the bad ones. I love getting together with them. They tell me what to do; they take me on a wild and wonderful trip.”
15.”I think I’m a born storyteller. Inspiration is all around me. I can read a newspaper article and come up with an idea for a book.”
16.”I was never confident about finishing a book, but friends encouraged me. When I finished my first book, it was accepted by a publisher right away and became an instant bestseller. One male critic called it the most shocking book he ever read.”
17.”I write about real people in disguise. If anything, my characters are toned down-the truth is much more bizarre.”
18.”I write about the American dream: if you set your mind to do something, you can do it. My fans know they’re getting the real thing.”
19.”I write synopses after the book is completed. I can’t write it beforehand, because I don’t know what the book’s about. I invent something for my publisher because he asks for one, but the final book ends up very differently.”
20.”Ideas are all around me. If I wasn’t interested in them myself, I don’t think anyone else would be either.”
21.”If you want to achieve your dreams, you must follow them, and the best way to follow them is not to think about wanting to be very rich, but to think about doing something that you really want to do.”
22.”My philosophy is, unless you’re sick and need help, why bother?”
23.”My weakness is wearing too much leopard print.”
24.”People are intrigued by fame, power and wealth and I think Hollywood is the only place where you get all three together.”
25.”The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.”
26″The husbands, who sometimes have another family who’s grown, are going, Now I can spend time with my baby. Oh yeah, I bet your other family is really thrilled.”
27.”Viagra is a drug, just like cocaine. It can cause you to become addicted.”
28.”Whatever you have a passion for, then you must do. If you want to write, write about something you know about.”
29.”Where was Paris Hilton a year ago? She’s a fabulous character to write about.”
30.”Who is ready to settle for five minutes when three hours does nicely?”
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31 consecutive NY Times Bestsellers
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Collins married her first husband, Wallace Austin, in 1960 and divorced in 1964. They had one child, Tracy, born in 1961.
In 1965, Collins married her second husband, gallery and nightclub owner Oscar Lerman. They had two daughters together, Tiffany and Rory. The pair were fixtures in the Los Angeles social scene. They remained married until his death in 1992 from prostate cancer.With her vibrant personality, Collins was a natural on TV and made several appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
After Lerman died, Collins began dating Los Angeles businessman Frank Calcagnini, who died in 1998 from a brain tumor.
In the 1980s, Collins’ fame continued to rise and in 1983 she published her most successful novel, Hollywood Wives. The book was later turned into a successful TV series produced by Aaron Spelling and starring Candice Bergen, Stefanie Powers and Angie Dickinson. In the same decade, Collins moved to Los Angles full-time with her family.
She was extremely close to her sister, Joan Collins, who got a jump-start in her Hollywood career when she starred in film versions of Jackie’s novels like The Stud. Jackie kept her cancer diagnosis a secret from her sister, only telling her about the tragic news two weeks before her death. “She was my best friend,” Joan told PEOPLE after Jackie died.