People.com Celebrity Jackie Collins: See Her Fabulous Life in Photos Remembering the best-selling author's incredible life By Maria Mercedes Lara Maria Mercedes Lara Instagram Twitter Digital Content Operations Director, PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 19, 2015 09:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email 01 of 07 Getty Known for her deliciously juicy novels and utterly fabulous lifestyle, English-born Jackie Collins was destined to become a household name in Hollywood and beyond. Keep reading to see her wonderful life in pictures. 02 of 07 Getty In 1960, Jackie Collins married her first husband, Wallace Austin. The couple were married for four years and had one child together, Tracy. 03 of 07 Getty She was extremely close to her sister, Joan Collins, who got a jump-start in her Hollywood career when she starred in film versions of Jackie's novels like The Stud. Jackie kept her cancer diagnosis a secret from her sister, only telling her about the tragic news two weeks before her death. "She was my best friend," Joan told PEOPLE after Jackie died. The pair are pictured together here at the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar afterparty in West Hollywood. 04 of 07 Getty In the 1980s, Collins' fame continued to rise and in 1983 she published her most successful novel, Hollywood Wives. The book was later turned into a successful TV series produced by Aaron Spelling and starring Candice Bergen, Stefanie Powers and Angie Dickinson. In the same decade, Collins moved to Los Angles full-time with her family. 05 of 07 Getty In 1966, Collins married her second husband, gallery and nightclub owner Oscar Lerman. They had two daughters together, Tiffany and Rory. Pictured here in 1986 outside Spago in Hollywood, the pair were fixtures in the Los Angeles social scene. They remained married until his death in 1992 from prostate cancer. 06 of 07 Getty With her vibrant personality, Collins was a natural on TV and made several appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (pictured on set together here in 1990). 07 of 07 Getty After Lerman died, Collins began dating Los Angeles businessman Frank Calcagnini, who died in 1998 from a brain tumor. The two are pictured together here in 1995 at Collins' Beverly Hills home. The author herself died this week at the age of 77, after battling breast cancer.