13 Embarrassing Questions for Jackie Collins

On the eve of the release of her latest tome, Married Lovers, best-selling author Jackie Collins takes the tough questions -- and reveals a subtle fixation on George Clooney.



The gay men in your book, flaxen-haired and muscular, sound pretty savory. Have you ever fallen hard for a homo? You know, my two best friends are gay. And one of them -- I just look at him and I go, "Uhh. You’re such a fucking waste for a straight woman." I mean he’s just so great, you know? We are attracted to the same men. He likes straight men who he can turn. And I like straight men who can't be turned. So we have a fabulous competition together.

But Cole DeBarge, who I wrote about in Married Lovers, has been in three other books. He’s coming back again. He just keeps on getting bigger and bigger, if you'll pardon the expression.


Naturally, many of us dream of a well-choreographed rivalry between you and your sister Joan. Can you tell us about a time when she really won against you? You know, we really get along extremely well. The newspapers and gossip columns always like to stir up some kind of fight. But when I was thrown out of school at 15, my parents were in despair and they said, you know, "Hollywood or reform school?" They finally sent me off to Hollywood, where Joan was a movie star, making movies with Harry Belafonte and Paul Newman. And she met me at the airport and said, "[Huffing] OK, learn to drive, I can't look after you, I've got to go off on location, goodbye, here’s the keys to the car, here’s the list of people who can help you if you get into any trouble.” And she was just gone. And I appreciated that, because as I said, I was a street-smart kid, and I wanted to be by myself. But then years later, when her career was a little flat, she came to me one day -- I had a book called The Stud, and she loved that book -- she said, "Can I use it? Can I borrow it? Can I try and get a movie made?" Eventually together with our husbands we got the movie made. And of course Aaron Spelling saw it, and that was Alexis Carrington Colby. That was a character, although she was called Fontaine Kahled in my book, but if you see the movie The Stud, you'll see that beautiful jet-set older-woman nymphomaniac, which Joan plays so well.

You're a self-professed pop culture junkie. Who’s your most embarrassing celebrity obsession? Hmm. That’s a good one. Let me see. I would say … hmm. Yeah. There’s an actor called… oh, it just popped out of my head. He was on the show Third Watch, did you ever watch that? Oh! Eddie Cibrian. He’s going to be the next George Clooney, except no one has really discovered him yet. He plays a love interest on Samantha Who? and also he’s on Ugly Betty.


How’s that embarrassing? Well, if you keep saying someone is wonderful, and their career never soars -- it’s not so much a celebrity crush, it's just, I'd like to put him in a movie because he’s so good, he’s going to be such a star if someone would only give him a break. Anyway, he’s going to be the next George Clooney -- one of these days.

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