The 77-year-old author passed away over the weekend after a secret six-year battle with breast cancer but never succumbed to self-pity and insisted she wanted to be an inspiration to people in similar circumstances. “She’s a remarkable woman”.
She explained: “I thought, ‘I’m not dealing with this, ‘ because in my mind I decided it was benign”.
In it, Jackie divulged the fact that she waited until she knew she had weeks to live to tell Joan about her terminal illness.
Just days before she died at age 77 on September 19, Jackie Collins made a startling revelation about her battle with breast cancer.
The English novelist was the younger sister of actress and author Joan Collins, who was well-known for her role on the television program “Dynasty”. I want people to see me as an example of strength – and doing things my way.
Jackie explained: “I would really have affected her. I just felt she didn’t need it in her life”.
Her best-selling novels, mostly depicting the lives of women in Hollywood, have been sold in 40 countries throughout the world and spawned controversy.
Jackie’s final book, The Santangelos, was published this past June.
She added: “I’ve had to deal with losing my mother (to breast cancer), my husband (prostate cancer) and my fiancé (lung cancer) and I did not want to put pressure on everybody in the family”.
Jackie, who had three children and six grandchildren, told radio station Gaydio: “I think they’re all exposing too much”.