Lady Boss: A Jackie Collins novel

"Lady Boss" signals for secrecyLady Boss is a Jackie Collins novel about people you wouldn’t want to know doing things you’d rather not know about.

Don’t let the word lady in the title fool you. Lucky Santangelo, the novel’s main character, is no lady. She is a multimillionaire, a control freak, and, as many other characters observe, a bitch.

The story is this: Lucky’s husband is an actor under contract to Panther Studios. Lennie hates the scumbags who run the studio. Lucky’s solution is to buy the studio as a surprise for Lennie.

Then she goes undercover at the studio to find out what’s really going on there, disappearing for a month without telling Lennie even how to get in touch with her.

Lucky is appalled by the studio’s treatment of women as objects. Most of the studio’s income is from porn films that it ships abroad hidden among legitimate films. When she takes over, she’ll change everything.

When Lucky tells Lennie she bought the studio, Lennie feels insulted that his wife thinks he needs rescuing. That surprises Lucky.

Collins has the gall to say, “Ego was not [Lucky’s] thing.”

Lady Boss by Jackie Collins
Simon and Schuster. ©1990. 608 p.
1990 bestseller #8; my grade: D-

©2020 Linda G. Aragoni

Better Without Ink?

By Love Possessed went from hardcover to Hollywood. The film has the distinction of being the first movie screened in-flight by an airline.  The film stars Lana Turner, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and Jason Robards.

View stills and ad posters at cimema.com [nonworking link removed 2016-03-08]

I haven’t seen the inkless version. Whatever it’s faults, it certain has to have at least one virtue: it has to be shorter than the novel.