New York Bestseller Jackie Collins Beverly Hills Mansion Listed
"Hollywood Wives" author Jackie Collins, author of steamy Hollywood romance novels, had placed her Beverly Hills mansion up for sale. She was famous for showing her readers the real Hollywood, behind the glamour of celebrities.
Collins was born in London, but followed her older sister Joan Collins to Hollywood in the 1960s. She had first pursued acting, but after various B-rated films, she realized it was not her calling. However, what she had discovered about A-listers behind closed doors inspired her to write books about what she found out.
"The Santangelos" writer's father was a show business manager with clients like the Beatles and Tom Jones. On the other hand, her mother was a nightclub hostess. During her teenage years, Collins was expelled from a London school due to an affair with 29-year-old Marlon Brando.
According to KSDK.com, Collin's second husband was Oscar Lerman, a nightclub owner who pushed her to leave acting and pursue writing instead.
Collin's first novel was about a married London middle-aged man who falls for a younger woman. It was published in 1968 and was a "New York Times" bestseller. The content was so provocative that it was banned in South Africa and Australia. The writer went on to publish 32 novels gaining 500 million in sales globally. Several of her novels were adapted into films and television.
The writer passed away in 2015 due to breast cancer. Her family has recently put her stylish Beverly Hills mansion up for sale.
She was able to acquire the land for her home in 1980 for $3 million, but the contemporary mansion was built in 1991. According to Variety, Collins adored glamour and she wanted to be surrounded by it.
Collins' 21,700-square-foot manor has eight bedrooms, fifteen baths and a luxurious two-story art gallery that links to major rooms. The property comes with a guest apartment, offices, gym, screening room and a chef's kitchen with three islands.