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Author Jackie Collins used her insider knowledge of Hollywood glamour in her novels, filling pages with sex, fast cars, parties and mansions.

By the time of her death, she had sold over 400 million books, in 40 different countries. Eschewed by the literary elite, she was never the type of person to want or need the praise of the establishment – and every one of her 32 novels appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Jackie was born in London, but moved to Los Angeles to be with her sister, actor Joan Collins, after being expelled from her school at the age of 15. She later admitted that soon after arriving she had a “very brief but fabulous affair” with Marlon Brando – the actor was 29 at the time.

Famously outgoing and sociable, Collins mingled with the Hollywood elite in her Beverly Hills mansion, and lived and travelled in style. The fame never got to her head though. In her eulogy, her sister wrote that “ She would shop at Tiffany’s, but you would also be likely to see her at the bargain stores”.