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Jackie Collins was a trailblazing English novelist whose books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide. As queen of the raunchy read , her ever-popular books featured tales covering the glamorous sex lives of rich and famous characters. Among her racy novels are The World Is Full Of Married Men, The World Is Full Of Divorced Women and The Stud.
She died in September 2015 after a secret battle with breast cancer.
Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story, directed by Laura Fairrie, takes viewers on a deeply moving journey through the groundbreaking author's life, featuring interviews with her closest friends and family.
It airs on BBC Two on Friday at 9pm. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.
As one of the world's bestselling authors on a mission to "build a one-woman literary empire" as the film's description says, she was awarded an OBE for her services to fiction and charity in 2013.
Queen awkwardly sidestepped Jackie Collins' raunchy content (Image: GETTY)
Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story airs on Friday at 9pm. (Image: GETTY)
She spent most of her career in Los Angeles having moved there in 1985, but hopped on a flight back home to attend the Buckingham Palace ceremony.
She told the MailOnline in 2013: "My first book was The World Is Full Of Married Men ‒ banned all over the world.
"The Queen said 'it's quite something to write books' and I said 'yes especially for a school drop out'."
She brought her three granddaughters to the Palace for the occasion, which she dubbed a "huge adventure".
Laura Fairrie at the launch of Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story. (Image: GETTY)
Fellow English romantic novelist Barbara Cartland had branded Jackie's book "nasty, filthy and disgusting" and accused her of "creating every pervert in Britain".
Jackie added: "I was wondering what she was going to say to me because most women say 'oh you taught me everything I know about sex, I used to read my mum's copy under the covers in bed' ‒ but I don't think she would say that to me.
"I've been writing for so long but relationships never change.
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Tiffany Lerman, Joan Collins and Tracy Lerman attend the “Lady Boss” premiere. (Image: GETTY)
"That's the thing, love never changes, sex never changes."
Collins was born in London in 1937 and attended Francois Holland School in London until she was expelled aged 15.
Four decades later, she confessed to being a "school dropout" and a "juvenile delinquent".
She said: "I'm glad I got all of that out of my system at an early age."
Andy Cohen and Jackie Collins on Watch What Happens Live. (Image: GETTY)
She had begun several fictional works growing up but abandoned them, instead following her sister's lead by moving into acting after her parents sent her to Los Angeles to live with her Hollywood actress sister, Joan.
Jackie played a series of small parts in low budget British films and TV shows out there, including Barnacle Bill and Danger Man.
By the time she reached her 18th birthday, however, she focused on writing. Her acting career was laid to rest once her first book became a global bestseller.
Eight of her novels were adapted for the screen, whether as films or TV miniseries.
Her Hollywood series of novels proved extremely popular, with Hollywood Wives selling more than 15 million copies and topped The New York Times' bestsellers list.
Discussing her success, Jackie said: "I think the appeal of my books is the characters, people love the characters."
She revealed the secret to her career, which spanned more than 50 years: "I think the secret is I love what I do.
"I wake up every morning and it's an adventure."
Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story airs on BBC Two on Friday at 9pm. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer.
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