- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jackie Collins, the bestselling author of dozens of novels including “Hollywood Wives” that dramatized the lives of the rich and treacherous, has died.

Publicist Melody Korenbrot said Collins died of breast cancer on Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 77.

Her death was first reported by People magazine.

Unlike her older sister Joan Collins, the “Dynasty” actress who was part of the 1980s Hollywood glitterati, Jackie Collins chose to document LA lives in her pulpy, page-turning fiction.

She began publishing novels in the late 1960s and put out several in the 1970s but had her breakthrough and became a celebrity in her own right with 1983’s “Hollywood Wives.”

It sold more than 15 million copies, led to sequels and became a hit TV miniseries.

In addition to Joan Collins, Jackie Collins is survived by her brother, Bill; three daughters; and six grandchildren, People magazine reported.

Collins‘ family said in a statement posted on social media: “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. 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.”

Collins‘ family also said that services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization in the U.S. and Penny Brohn Cancer Care in the U.K.

Maria Stainer contributed to this article.

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