Jacqueline Briskin

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Jacqueline Orgell Briskin
Born Jacqueline Orgell
(1927-12-18)18 December 1927
London, England
Died 24 December 2014(2014-12-24) (aged 87)
Pen name Jacqueline Briskin
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality British-American
Period 1970-1995
Genre Historical fiction
Spouse Bertram Norman Briskin (1948-2004)
Children 3

Jacqueline Briskin, née Orgell (18 December 1927 – 24 December 2014) was a British-born American writer specializing in historical fiction from 1970 to 1995. Her books regularly appear on the New York Times bestseller's list. She was a main Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club seven times, her novels were translated into 26 languages, and has sold 23,000,000 copies worldwide.[1]

Her husband Bert Briskin was her agent, and one of her sons is Richard Sands.


Born Jacqueline Orgell on 18 December 1927 in London, England, the daughter of Marjorie and Spencer Orgell. In 1938, her family moved to United States, and she naturalized in 1944.[2] She attended Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California and graduated in 1945.

On 9 May 1948, she married Bertram Norman "Bert" Briskin, born 17 February 1922. Her husband was an oil executive, who years later became her agent. They had three children: Ralph Louis Briskin, Elizabeth Ann Briskin, and Richard Paul Briskin (alias Richard Sands).[2] Her husband died of Alzheimer on 16 July 2004.[3]

Briskin sold her first novel in 1970, after which she published other 11 historical novels.


Single novels[edit]

  • California Generation (1970) - about life in the tumultuous 1960s
  • After love (1974)
  • Decade (1981)
  • Everything and More (1983)
  • Too Much Too Soon (1985)
  • Dreams Are Not Enough (1987) - about the movie business
  • The Naked Heart (1989) - about World War II
  • The Other Side of Love (1991) - about World War II
  • The Crimson Palace (1995)

Van Vliet Family[edit]

  1. Rich Friends (1976)
  2. Paloverde (1978)
  3. The Onyx (1982)

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ David Colker (2 January 2015). "Jacqueline Briskin dies at 87; homemaker turned bestselling novelist". LA Times. 
  2. ^ a b Contemporary popular writers, Dave Mote, 1996 
  3. ^ Bert Briskin at IMDb, 2012-06-19