This dishy, affectionate portrait of the well-known writer finds grit beneath the glitz.
The British novelist Jackie Collins wrote thick, steamy, devourable books that, within the 1970s and 80s, enthralled millions whereas threatening to topple their bedside tables. In these fantasies, sexually voracious glamazons with names like Fortunate and Fontaine known as the pictures and drank them, too.
“Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story,” Laura Fairrie’s fond and frisky documentary, sifts an unlimited trove of archive material to pin down this gifted storyteller. Diaries reveal a shy and insecure teenager whose life was changed after becoming a member of her older sister, the actress Joan Collins, in Nineteen Sixties Hollywood. Hobnobbing at events with Garland and Brando was heady stuff for a 16-year-old; but Jackie, a keen observer, and a wily eavesdropper drank in the gossip that may gasoline essentially the most profitable of her 32 books, “Hollywood Wives.”
Interviews with Collins’s pals, household, and colleagues reveal her genius for prying into others’ intimacies. There are marriages (one fabulous, one disastrous), some sibling friction, and a have a look at the ferocious self-promotion that made her a world sensation. Many disapproved: The 1966 publication of Jacqueline Susann’s “Valley of the Dolls” had softened the bottom for racy female authors, however Collins’s debut, “The World is Stuffed with Married Males” (1968), nonetheless roused the stuffy from their sofas. (“UGH,” learn a newspaper headline on the time.)