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