What makes you a bonkbuster queen? Jackie Collins is credited with teaching an entire generation how to have sex.
Jackie Collins’ biggest accomplishment is educating an entire generation of women how to make love. She sold 500 million copies of her steamy novels and was dubbed the “Queen of the Bonkbuster.”
Lady Boss, a new documentary, exposes how her bawdy literature drew snobs’ ire but also pushed millions of women to enjoy sex openly.
Jackie, who died of breast cancer in 2015 at the age of 77, dismissed the cynics, telling ladies that they could sleep with whomever they liked and that they shouldn’t feel terrible about it.
“Jackie was the first novelist to write about women who behaved like men, who did what men did and didn’t apologise or excuse themselves,” recalled close friend and publicist Jeffrey Lane.
“At the time, there was a lot of snobbery, but Jackie was laughing all the way to the bank.”
Jackie Collins, the younger sister of famed Dynasty actress Joan Collins, 88, was born and reared in London, and it was always about more than money for her.
Her message, like her own life, centered on the notion that women could be anything they wanted to be, including raging lovers.
The 90-minute documentary, which airs tonight on BBC2, looks back on her remarkable life with previously unseen video, diary excerpts, and extended interviews with her close friends and family.
“Now, as a woman in my Fifties, I get so many ladies who were teenagers at the same time I was a teenager, saying, ‘Oh my god, your mother taught me everything about sex, and I was like, ‘Oh really,” said Rory Green.
“Well, amazing because she wrote great sex in great books,” her other daughter Tiffany Lerman remarked. God forbid a woman should write about sex in the same way that a male would.
“These men were not called out on it, so there was a clear double standard that was quite unfair.”
She filled the pages of her books with scenes of love making that weren’t only about males obtaining what they wanted from the moment she published her first novel, The World is Full of Married Men, in 1968.
Her female protagonists were always strong, self-reliant women who got what they wanted, even the men they desired.
One of her most well-known works was The Stud, which was adapted into a particularly hot film in 1978, boosting the career of her sister Joan, who was cast in the starring role.
She built her characters on the glitterati she encountered in some of the world’s most hedonistic party locations from the start.
She has always enjoyed sex and has always sought out males with great bodies – preferably… Brinkwire News in a Nutshell