The death of Jackie Collins, the iconic bestselling author, at age 77 has stunned the world. You can watch her final television interview in which she spoke with her characteristic candor about her new book and other topics without leaving so much as a hint of her cancer battle. That was the news she had saved for what became her final print interview.
Yes, the death of Jackie Collins stunned the entertainment world. Stunned is really an understatement as the word is used so much. It’s only now after the fact that as we learn of her sad passing of breast cancer, via the family’s statement on Facebook that we even knew she was battling breast cancer.
It was only in her final print interview, with People magazine, that she revealed that she had been diagnosed six years ago with Stage IV breast cancer. She was active right up until the very end, and her followers on Twitter and Facebook had seen updates from her as recent as a a couple of days before her death.
She told People, “I did it my way, as Frank Sinatra would say. I’ve written five books since the diagnosis, I’ve lived my life, I’ve travelled all over the world, I have not turned down book tours and no one has ever known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it.” She went on to say, “Now I want to save lives.”
And as for that final television interview, which was for the daytime talk show ‘Loose Women’ in the UK — widely compared to ‘The View’ in the U.S. — to look at it now, and to know it is the last appearance she made before the cameras on TV, there’s not a hint whatsoever.
Jackie Collins’ was in the thick of an intensive promotion for her latest novel, ‘The Santangelos’ which was published in June. And yes, as always, she spoke of the novel and even revealed that she wanted Angelina Jolie to portray the lead character, Lucky Santangelo
In another segment on the show she weighed in on publishing and pop culture phenomena that we know as EL James’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ which, of course, began as a trilogy of erotic novels and has since become a multi-faceted franchise. She said in part, “But she did get people reading. That’s one good thing.”
Of course, in retrospect, everything she said and did not say is examined and reexamined. Until now no one now it now it would be her final televised appearance, but yet, that’s exactly what it was. She was still at the height of her influence and prominence and creative powers with already more than 500 million copies of her 32 books sold and more books in the works.
You can see the full video of Jackie Collins’ final TV interview on ‘Loose Women’ below.