BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The custom-designed Beverly Hills mansion of late author Jackie Collins, whose steamy novels took readers behind the scenes in Hollywood, is for sale for $24.5 million.
Sited on a prime gated lot of just under an acre, the nearly 22,000-square-foot home has eight bedrooms, 15 baths and a dramatic two-story entry art gallery that connects to major rooms. Included is a guest apartment, offices, gym, screening room and a large chef’s kitchen. The master suite attests to Collins’ glamorous lifestyle with living room, office, his-and-her baths and large walk-in closets. The balconies overlook the grounds with views of the Hollywood Hills.
Collins’ last novel was The Santangelos, the last of a series, published in 2015. She died in September 2015 after a six-year battle with breast cancer. It is said that only her three daughters knew about the cancer and that she finally told her sister, actress Joan Collins, about it two weeks before she died. Her family has recently put her mansion on the market.
Though born and raised in London, Jackie followed her older sister Joan to Tinseltown in the 1960s. Jackie had tried acting but after a number of B-rated films and television series both here and abroad realized it wasn’t her talent. However, what she had learned about celebrities behind closed doors inspired her to start writing about what she knew.
Collins’ mother was a nightclub hostess and her father a show-business manager whose clients included the Beatles and Tom Jones. In her teen years, Jackie was expelled from a London all-girls prep school amid rumors of an affair with 29-year-old Marlon Brando. Her second husband of 26 years (her first husband died of a drug overdose soon after their divorce) was Oscar Lerman, a nightclub owner who convinced Collins to give up acting and become a writer.
Her first novel, The World Is Full of Married Men, about a married London middle-aged advertising executive who falls for a much younger woman was published in 1968 and made the New York Times bestseller list. The content was so hot that the book was banned in Australia and South Africa.
Collins went on to write 32 novels garnering 500 million in sales worldwide. Several of her novels and screenplays were made into films and television mini-series. Her most successful book was 1983’s Hollywood Wives, which hit no.1 on the New York Times bestseller list, sold over 15 million copies and became a hit television series starring Candice Bergen and Suzanne Somers. Collins updated the format in 2001 to Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, also made into a television movie starring Farrah Fawcett.
Collins purchased the land for her dream home in the late 1980s for $3 million, but it wasn’t until 1991 that the contemporary mansion was built. By that time, she had been inside practically every star-studded mansion at Hollywood parties and knew exactly what she wanted. The Collins sisters thrived on glamour and Jackie wanted to be surrounded by it. She liked to entertain lavishly as well as intimately and designed a home that was impressive and, at the same time, warm and welcoming – the perfect setting for a Jackie Collins novel.
The Beverly Hills mansion of the queen of Hollywood romance novels is featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.
Susan Smith and Brett Lawyer of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, hold the listing.