Jackie Stallone, mother of Hollywood star Sylvester, and a celebrity in her own right, has died aged 98.
THE astrologer, dancer, wrestling promoter and memorable Celebrity Big Brother contestant, passed away in her sleep, according to youngest son, singer Frank.
In an Instagram, Frank said: “It was hard not to like her, she was a very eccentric and flamboyant person. Her mind was razor sharp until the day she died.”
Also mother to late actress Toni D’Alto, Jackie was born Jacqueline Frances Labofish, and ran away from her Washington home aged 15, to join a circus.
After two years as a trapeze artist, she took a job as a chorus girl on Broadway and married her first husband, hairdressor and part-time actor, Frank Stallone Sr in 1945.
They divorced 12 years later, and shared two son, Sylvester and Frank.
It was during her second marriage, to Anthony Filliti, that three-time wed Jackie had her daughter.
FIlliti died of lung cancer in 2012, and Jackie later married her current husband of 22 years, Stephen Levine.
The astute businesswoman opened a female-only gym in the 1950s, called Barbella’s, and presented an exercise slot on TV in Washington, DC.
She appeared on the 1980s on the wrestling show GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, which inspired a Neflix show of the same name.
Ten years later, she became a household name through her life-long passion for astrology, running her own psychic line and claiming to be able to read people’s futures through the lines and grooves of their bottoms – which she coined ‘rumpology’.
In January 2005, Jackie entered the UK Celebrity Big Brother house as a “surprise” housemate, although it was more a shock to her fellow contestant, former daughter-in-law Brigitte Nielsen, with whom she notoriously didn’t get along.
Her stay in the house didn’t last long and she was voted out after four days, but not before she made her mark.
Jackie still had a zest for life into her 90s, practising weight-lifting and trapeze work, while attempting to defy age with a series of plastic surgeries, which she publicly admitted to regretting having had done.
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This morning my brothers and I lost our mother Jackie Stallone . She was the mother to four children, Tommy, Sylvester, Frankie and my late sister Toni Ann. She was a remarkable woman working out everyday full of spunk and fearless . She died in her sleep as she had wished. It was hard not to like her, she was very eccentric and flamboyant person. She was born on November 29 th 1921 in Washington DC ,she lived through prohibition , the depression and World War II . I would talk to her for hours about the 20's 30's and 40's. It was a history lesson. Her mind was as sharp as a razor till the day she died. She never wore a mask a true revolutionary gal . I guess I'm drowning my emotions in tears and to much vino. But when you've known someone for 70 yrs it tough and sad. She had seven grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren . My brother Sylvester took care of her like a Queen for all of her life. I will never be able to call my mom again or have her yell at me why I never got married . But we all loved her and her sprit to survive and prevail . I'll miss you always mommy. @officialslystallone
Sylvester has not publicly commented on his beloved mother’s death, but Frank added: guess I’m drowning my emotions in tears and too much vino. But when you’ve known someone for 70 yrs it tough and sad.
“My brother Sylvester took care of her like a Queen for all of her life. I will never be able to call my mom again or have her yell at me why I never got married.
“But we all loved her and her sprit to survive and prevail. I’ll miss you always mommy.”
Jackie is survived by husband Devine, sons Sylvester and Frank and six grandchildren.
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