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Joan Collins praises late sister Jackie's bravery

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Joan Collins praises late sister Jackie's bravery

Joan Collins has praised her late sister Jackie for being "very brave" to keep her illness a secret.

Jackie died last September (15) following a six-year battle with breast cancer, which she had never revealed. As she appeared on The Graham Norton Show in scenes to be aired on Friday night (22Apr16), her 82-year-old sister Joan shared her pride for her sibling for remaining so private about her health.

"She was very brave to do that. I think if you are a celebrity in Hollywood and there is even the slightest hint that there is something wrong, you will be hounded by the press,” Joan said. "Jackie didn’t want that and she wanted to keep herself completely private. She was a very private person despite what she wrote."

During her life, Jackie wrote an incredible 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers' list.

And it seems she could also be published posthumously, as Joan revealed her nieces had found several books that Jackie had written when she was a youngster.

"They are good – all about teenagers in the 50s – they are really interesting and I think we might publish," Joan explained.

Of course Joan is famous in her own right, as an actress, most recently appearing as Elizabeth Hurley's character's mother in hit show The Royals.

She was also made a Dame in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honours List, which she described as the "greatest day of my life”.

"Really extraordinary because to receive it is a great honour and Prince Charles pinned it on me and said, very nicely I thought, 'It’s about time too!' " Joan joked.

On Thursday (21Apr16), Joan took to her Twitter page to reveal her sadness following the death of music legend Prince.

"Shocked that @prince has died at only 57. Such a talent to have died so young #RIPPrince," she wrote.

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