Jackie Stallone, celebrity astrologist and mother of Sylvester Stallone, has died at the age of 98.
The news was announced on Monday night (21 September) by Sylvester Stallone’s younger brother, the actor Frank Stallone.
“She was a remarkable woman, working out every day, full of spunk and fearless,” he wrote, in a post on Facebook. “She died in her sleep as she had wished. It was hard not to like her, she was very eccentric and flamboyant person…She lived through prohibition, the depression and World War II.
“I would talk to her for hours about the Twenties, Thirties and Forties. It was a history lesson. Her mind was as sharp as a razor till the day she died.”
Stallone, born Jacqueline Frances Labofish on 29 November 1921 in Washington, DC, started out as a trapeze artist, dancer and hairdresser.
She became well-known in the 1990s after publishing a series of astrology-based books, also opening her own psychic hotline.
In the 1980s, she was also known for her appearances in the TV wrestling programme GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling, which was later adapted into the Netflix series GLOW.
In 2005, Stallone featured alongside her former daughter-in-law Brigette Nielsen on the third season of Celebrity Big Brother, although was voted out of the house after just four days.
She was often characterised as an “astrologist to the stars”, and her website describes her as having advised “kings, prime ministers, politicians, movie stars, gamblers, generals, gangsters, cops and priests”.