Is Jackie Collins Jewish?

Was Jackie Collins Jewish? The famed author's father was Jewish and her mother was not.

Born Jacqueline Jill Collins on October 4, 1937, Jackie Collins was an English-American novelist. She wrote 32 novels, all of which have appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. In total, her books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages.

Jackie Collins was born in Hampstead, London in 1937, the younger daughter of Elsa Bessant and Joseph William Collins (died 1988), a theatrical agent whose clients included Shirley Bassey, the Beatles and Tom Jones. Collins' South African-born father was Jewish and her British mother was Anglican. A middle child, Collins had an elder sister, actress Joan Collins (born 1933) and a younger brother, Bill (born 1946).

Jackie Collins died on September 19, 2015 of breast cancer.

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