Novelist Jackie Collins died at age 77 from breast cancer on Saturday. Her family released a statement:

“It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one-of-a-kind mother,” the statement said. “She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over four decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words.”

The author’s sister Joan Collins Tweeted: “Farewell to my beautiful brave baby sister. I will love you and miss you forever. Rest in peace.”

Jackie Collins started publishing novels in the late 1960’s but breakthrough “Hollywood Wives” in 1983. She wrote 32 novels all of them appeared in The New York Times bestsellers list. Many were adapted into screenplays. She won an OBE award in 2013. After four decades, Collins sold more than 500 million novels in over 40 countries.

She had three daughters and six grandchildren.