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The Queen of the Steamy Hollywood Novel: A Remembrance of Jackie Collins

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The book world lost some of its bling when author Jackie Collins passed September 19 at the age of 77. Known as the Queen of the Steamy Hollywood novel, Collins was a dropout who followed her older sister, actress Joan Collins to Los Angeles in the late 1950s. “It was like, Hollywood or reform school,” she told the Telegraph, a British newspaper in 2012. It was there that she dated movie stars and started eavesdropping on the glitterati. Collins developed a hunger to tell the kind of stories she listened to—full of glamor, gossip and, of course, sex. In 1968 she published her first novel, deemed so scandalous it was banned in Australia and South Africa. It’s no wonder that…

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