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Actress Joan pays a moving tribute to her 'beautiful, brave baby sister'

By Aine Fox

Published 21/09/2015

Devastated: Jackie with sister, actress Joan Collins
Devastated: Jackie with sister, actress Joan Collins

Dame Joan Collins has paid tribute to her "beautiful, brave baby sister" Jackie, who has died after a secret battle with cancer.

Jackie, who sold more than 500 million novels in more than 40 countries in her four decades-long career as a writer in raunchy female fiction, died of breast cancer. She was 77.

Despite being diagnosed six-and-a-half years ago the British author, who lived in Beverley Hills, told few people about her illness, saying she did not want to "burden" others with it.

Dame Joan, who only found out in the last fortnight, posted a picture online of herself and Jackie, writing: "Farewell to my beautiful brave baby sister. I will love you and miss you forever. Rest in peace."

The pair, who had been rumoured at times to have a difficult relationship, were pictured together in London just a few days ago while Jackie was on a promotional tour for her new novel The Santangelos.

Paying tribute, her family said she had broken new ground for female writers in fiction.

Her novels, telling stories of glamour, sex and affairs in Hollywood, include The World Is Full of Married Men, The Love Killers and The World Is Full of Divorced Women.

Her title Hollywood Wives became a New York Times bestseller and was made into a television series starring Farrah Fawcett and Anthony Hopkins.

Jackie Collins was made an OBE in 2013.

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