Jackie Collins begins "Girl" whirl

Wed Feb 3, 2010 2:39am EST
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By Martin A. Grove

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Many folks say they could write a book about life in Hollywood's fast lane, but Jackie Collins actually sits down and does it.

Her latest novel, "Poor Little Bitch Girl," arrives February 9 from St. Martin's Press. An advance read leaves little doubt that "Girl," like many of her earlier works, will reach the big or small screen.

Collins' books have already sold 400 million copies in 40 countries, generating 26 New York Times bestsellers. Book promo pro that she is, she'll be talking up "Girl" on "Today" February 9, "The View" the following day, and then hitting the syndicated talk-show trail.

"Girl" has a triple power setting in New York, Washington and L.A. plus a quick detour to Vegas. Its story is driven by the murder of a Hollywood actress whose movie star husband's the prime suspect. Their estranged daughter operates a call-girl ring in New York with her cocaine-loving boyfriend.

Throw in a philandering Senator, whose pregnant girlfriend wants to upgrade from mistress to Mrs., and a beautiful sex-starved young lawyer who went to Beverly Hills High with both of those girls and you've got a classic Collins novel.

Collins, 72, said Hollywood has changed considerably since she first started writing about it.

"When I wrote 'Hollywood Wives,' the book that really put me out there, that was in the '80s and the wives of the talk-show hosts and the moguls and the producers ran Hollywood."

It was a very social town back then, she explained, with deals made at the tennis matches, dinner parties, home screenings and nights-out that those Hollywood wives orchestrated.   Continued...