The colourful life of Jackie Stallone, Sylvester’s beloved mother, who died in her sleep

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Jackie and Sylvester Stallone (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Jackie and Sylvester Stallone (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Jackie Stallone, mother of actor Sylvester Stallone, died peacefully at the age of 98. “She died in her sleep as she wished,” Frank Stallone says. 

Frank, Sylvester’s younger brother, says Sly "took care of her like a Queen for all of her life".  

Jackie, a famed astrologist, was a remarkable woman, he adds. “It was hard not to like her, she was a very eccentric and flamboyant person. 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,” he posted.

Jackie lived a colourful life – she worked as a trapeze artist in her teens, became a wrestling promoter in the 1980s and found relative acclaim as a celebrity astrologer in the 1990s. 

Born Jacqueline Frances Labofish on 29 November 1921, she ran away from her home in Washington DC as a 15-year-old to join the circus. "My father, who was a wealthy lawyer, wanted me to go to law school, but I wanted to be on stage," she told The Times in 2005.

She supported herself by working as a trapeze artist for two years before taking a job as a chorus girl on Broadway. 

She married her first husband Frank Stallone Sr, a hairdresser and occasional actor, in 1945. They were together for 12 years and had two sons: actor Sylvester and musician Frank. 

She later wed Anthony Filiti and had a daughter, Toni D'Alto, who died of lung cancer in 2012, at the age of 48. 

She married her third husband, Stephen Devine in 1998, although she later admitted they lived separately for most of their relationship. "He'd prefer we lived together, but I did that for 20 years with my previous husbands and it didn't work," she quipped.

A long-time advocate for women's fitness, Jackie opened Barbella's, a women-only gym in the 1950s, and presented an exercise slot on local TV.

By the 1980s, she ventured into women’s wrestling, appearing on the wrestling programme GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, which helped women's wrestling become mainstream on television. The original TV show has since been remade by Netflix and stars Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin.

(Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Jackie Stallone (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
(Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Sylvester Stallone and his beloved mother Jackie (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Despite a string of small-screen appearances, Jackie only became a household name in the 1990s through her life-long passion for astrology. In 1989, she wrote the book Star Power: An Astrological Guide to Supersuccess, and for a time, she ran her own psychic hotline. She claimed to have invented the term "rumpology", which is the art of reading people's futures by reading the lines and crevices of their buttocks.

According to Frank, Jackie’s mind was "as sharp as a razor till the day she died”. She was still active into her nineties, lifting weights and practising trapeze work. 

Jackie also attempted to defy age with a series of plastic surgeries, which she later came to regret. "Actually, I've got too much," she said of her surgeries. "I look like I've got a mouthful of nuts . . . I feel I look like a chipmunk."

RIP, Jackie.

Sources: Huffington Post, The Times, Yahoo News, Instagram

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