Jackie Collins planned a funeral send off that included a lavish party for her friends in Beverly Hills.
Jackie Collins planned a ''big'' funeral party for her Hollywood friends before she died.
The 77-year-old author - who passed away over the weekend after secretly battling breast cancer for six years - made all the arrangements for a lavish send off to take place in her home town of Beverly Hills.
The writer's close pal Christopher Biggins told The Sun newspaper: ''There's not going to be a funeral. There's going to be a cremation and a big party.
''Jackie organised everything.''
The 'Miss Congeniality' actress - who starred in a TV series based on her best-selling books - praised the ''smart and talented'' author whilst Joan, 82, described Jackie as her ''best friend''.
She said: ''She was my best friend. I admire how she handled this. She was a wonderful, brave and a beautiful person and I love her.''
Sharon Osbourne also paid tribute to the star on Twitter.
She captioned a picture of herself with Jackie: ''Shocked & devastated at the death of @JackiejCollins. Loved & respected her. Thoughts & prayers go out to her family. (sic)''
In an interview before she died, the writer said she was happy that she got to ''do it my way''.
She said: I did it my way, as Frank Sinatra would say. ''I've written five books since the diagnosis, I've lived my life, I've travelled all over the world, I have not turned down book tours and no one has ever known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it.''
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