Feb 08

Where swims become scandals

Jackie Collins and a Home That Brings a Painting to Life

This celebrated novelist’s Beverly Hills house frames a pool inspired by Hockney.

JackieCollinsJackie Collins, 76, is author of 30 novels, including “Hollywood Wives” and “Lucky,” part of her series on the Santangelo family. Her latest novel is “Confessions of a Wild Child” (St. Martin’s Press). She spoke with reporter Marc Myers for the Wall Street Journal:

My house in Beverly Hills was inspired by a David Hockney painting. In 1989, my husband Oscar [Lerman] and I visited an art gallery in London, where we saw Mr. Hockney’s “A Bigger Splash.” I couldn’t take my eyes off the pool and fell in love with the clean lines, suspended splash and overall tranquillity. Within days, I was sketching a design for a new home that wrapped around a pool based on the one in the painting…

I swim lengths in the pool at the end of each day—thinking about my characters and what they might do next. I don’t plan my story lines. I like to let my characters take their own direction, and the stories evolve as I swim.

The pool is inspiring.

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More pictures of Ms. Collins home.


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