Jackie Collins: ‘I Did It My Way’

People magazine West Coast editor Lizz Leonard teases what turned out to be the author's final interview.

ShutterstockJoanJackieCollins2015VFOscarPartyPeople magazine West Coast editor Lizz Leonard conducted the last interview with Jackie Collins. It took place Sept. 14 at the author’s Beverly Hills home.

The full interview feature will be in the next issue of the magazine, arriving Friday. During the conversation, the bestselling author, who passed away this weekend at age 77, framed her battle with breast cancer as follows:

“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,” said Collins, whose treatments over the years included a lumpectomy, radiation and various drug courses and combinations.

During a 2011 appearance on PBS’ The Tavis Smiley Show, Collins also brought up Sinatra. She remembered a funny note she once received from the Chairman of the Board:

“When Kitty Kelley wrote the biography of Frank Sinatra and I had a book out at the time [1986] called Hollywood Husbands, Frank sent me a note and it said, ‘Jackie, you are writing fact. Kitty Kelley is writing fiction.’ I saved that… He signed it Francis Albert.

RIP.

Previously on Adweek:
So What Do You Do, Jackie Collins, Bestselling Author?

[Photo of Jackie and Joan Collins at February 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar party: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com]