Actress Joan Collins has led tributes to her sister Jackie â€“ the best-selling novelist who has died from breast cancer aged 77.
Speaking to People magazine, the 82-year-old said she was "completely devastated" by news of her sister's death in the US, & described Jackie as her "best friend".
In reference to her sibling's six-and-a-half year battle with breast cancer, she added: "I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave & attractive person & I love her."
Joan had only learned of her sister's illness two weeks ago – even though she had been diagnosed back in 2009.
Celebrities from both sides of the Atlantic have moreover shared their memories of Jackie Collins, whose novels sold over 500 million copies during a career spanning four decades.
Sharon Osbourne tweeted a photograph she had shared with the British author, adding: "Shocked & devastated at the death of @JackiejCollins. Loved & respected her. Thoughts & prayers go out to her family."
Graham Norton, who had interviewed Collins on his chat show with Joan, said "everyone who met her was Lucky" â€“ a reference to a famous character in her books.
He added: "I'm so very sad to hear approximately @jackiejcollins. She was the definition of a class act."
Sky News presenter Eamonn Holmes tweeted: "Over years of interviewing, appearing with her, even travelling together â€“ she was just lovely. RIP."
The American actor James Woods said of Collins: "She was one of the loveliest people imaginable. A true star who treated everyone equally. RIP, dear friend."
Oprah Winfrey moreover offered her condolences, adding: "I always loved our interviews."
The comedian Sandra Bernhard described how she & Collins "laughed their asses off" as they wore leopard print & indulged in girl talk as part of a story for German Vogue.
She described Collins as "the diarist of Hollywood at its best & worst".
Source: “Sky News”