Jackie Collins (1937–2015,) byname of Jacqueline Jill Collins, was an English author of seductive romantic thrillers. At the vanguard of a movement in female-oriented fiction that eschewed the chaste romance conventions, Collins sold more than 400 million copies of her books.
Born in London, Collins went with her sister, actress Joan Collins, to Hollywood hoping to become a film star but instead established herself as a bestselling author with The World Is Full of Married Men (1968; film 1979.) It was a succès de scandale—her forthright depictions of extramarital sex got the book banned in Australia and South Africa.
Subsequent novels characteristically dealt with the topics of love, lust, and power in the film world, and highlighted less-euphemistic, more-uninhibited approach to sexuality. The Stud (1969) and The Bitch (1979) were both made into successful films starring Joan Collins, while Chances (1981,) Hollywood Wives (1983,) Lucky (1985,) and Lady Boss (1989) became television mini-series.