Jackie Collins has been the queen of the Hollywood roman à clef for 40 years. Her latest, “Poor Little Bitch Girl,” out Tuesday, gives us more of the juicy same: the jet set, celebrity call girls, corrupt senators and the movie-star murder that ties them all together.
They are a mixture of people I’ve met over my life. I’ve had an extremely interesting life because my husband used to own, when he was alive, discotheques. So we had a Tramp in L.A. and a Tramp in London and everybody passed through our doors from sports stars to movie stars to boxers to athletes. I mean it was amazing the things that I’ve seen over the years. So I take these characters, a little bit of this one and that one, and mix it all up.
I’m a huge Amy Winehouse fan. It just sort of came to me that that would be fun to do because she had a kind of light voice, a kind of bark like Amy. She’s got that growly voice.
I’m actually a popular culture junkie. I love keeping up on things on the internet, reading all the fabulous stuff that goes one. Perez is funny, thedailybeast, the radar.com, all of those.
He was my sister’s boyfriend when I was thrown out of school and I came to Hollywood.
He propositioned you when you were 15 …
I looked at him in amazement cause he was living with my sister. “No thank you.” I think Warren feels he has a reputation to live up to.
Around that time you had a brief affair with Marlon Brando?
Yes, he was my favorite movie star, and I actually was 16. I met him at a party and it was all bets are off because I was a very street smart 16 and what are you going to do when you come face to face with your favorite movie star and you’ve seen “The Wild One” 10 times?
Well yes, I think any 16-year-old today who came across Robert Pattinson would do the same thing!
Oh honey, he lived up. When you look back on his body of work it is so fantastic, it is so incredible. He was the major actor of his day. I would say him and Jack Nicholson.
My had a club called the Ad Lib, and the Beatles used to come there all the time. In fact, Ringo was the first one to give him a cigar when we had our first child. They used to be there and the girls would be throwing themselves at them and they used to swap wives and things. It’s funny but, y’know, back in the ’60s it was crazy!
It always feels fresh, and I’ve been kind of like chomping at the bit to start my next book now. It’s called “Goddess of Vengeance: The Continuing Adventures of Lucky Santangelo.”
Angelina Jolie. She’s Lucky, she’s strong and feisty and beautiful. I just love her. I think she’s a fantastic woman.
I’d like them to stay together, but what are you going to do? The tabloids have been responsible for pulling them apart by their ridiculous headlines every week for the last three years.
Well, I think people get married for children. I think that’s the main thing. Children are the new accessory in Hollywood. Have you noticed?