Jackie Stallone, the mother of Hollywood actor Sylvester and one of Celebrity Big Brother’s most memorable stars, has died aged 98.
Tributes have been paid to “a remarkable woman” and an “icon” after the news was confirmed by one of her sons, Frank, with original Big Brother host Davina McCall and former housemates among those sharing their memories.
Stallone died on Monday “in her sleep as she had wished”, her son wrote on social media.
“It was hard not to like her, she was [a] very eccentric and flamboyant person,” Frank wrote.
“Her mind was as sharp as a razor till the day she died.”
He said his brother Sylvester had taken “care of her like a Queen for all of her life”, and added: “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 spirit to survive and prevail. I’ll miss you always mommy.”
Frank said he was “drowning my emotions in tears and too much vino” following his mother’s death.
Stallone was married three times and had three sons and a daughter, Toni D’Alto, who died in 2012.
A famous celebrity astrologer and women’s wrestling promoter, she had a very memorable, albeit brief, stint in the Celebrity Big Brother house in the UK in 2005, alongside contestants including the late John McCririck, model Caprice, Happy Mondays star Bez, and Germaine Greer.
View this post on Instagram
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
A post shared by Frank Stallone (@frank.stallone) on Sep 21, 2020 at 9:22pm PDT
A surprise contestant who went into the famous house a few days after the series had kicked off, Stallone entered much to the shock of co-housemate and former daughter-in-law Brigitte Nielsen, with whom she had a frosty relationship at the time.
“Oh my God! Jackie!” a stunned Nielsen exclaimed when she first saw her.
Stallone’s response – “Yeah… Jackie” – as entered wearing a fur coat and sunglasses, became a famous line from the show.
:: Subscribe to the Backstage podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker
Despite being evicted from the house after just four days following clashes with racing pundit McCririck, she became one of the show’s most loved characters.
Sharing a picture of the pair together on social media, Nielsen described Stallone as “strong” and a “very unique woman”.
View this post on Instagram
Extremely strong, full of energy and very unique woman under so many aspects, till the very end. Emotions are running through me all because now you’re gone and I didn’t get to say goodbye. You’ll be surely missed. Rest in Peace dear Jackie..🙏
A post shared by Brigitte Nielsen (@realbrigittenielsen) on Sep 21, 2020 at 10:39pm PDT
McCall and Rylan Clark-Neal, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 and went on to present spin-off show Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, were also among those to pay tribute.
RIP Jackie Stallone x BB icon ❤️
— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) September 22, 2020
An icon. What a housemate. I hope you’re surrounded by “harpists or something”. RIP Brackieeee. X pic.twitter.com/jYD1ljNptr
— Rylan Clark-Neal (@Rylan) September 22, 2020
Jamie East, who presented Big Brother’s Bit On The Side before Clark-Neal, wrote on Twitter: “Ah man, RIP Jackie Stallone – responsible for one of the greatest ever moments on television.”
Fans of the series and former housemates have also paid tribute to the woman they say made one of the greatest entrances in its history.
Our #BigBrotherUK family has lost an ICONIC housemate.
Jackie Stallone once gave me a butt-reading on BBLB & predicted I will marry someone related to the Royals! (I’m still waiting)
Rest in a heavenly mansion full of angels dressed in gold lamé & crystal chandeliers, BRAKIE! 💔 pic.twitter.com/CV4z2p3EUE
— Gerry Stergiopoulos (@GerryGreek) September 22, 2020
A truly iconic moment. myeah Brackie. RIP #jackiestallonepic.twitter.com/pS6Eo4YhMZ
— Holly Anderson (@HollyAndersonXx) September 22, 2020
Rest In Peace Jackie Stallone. ❤️
This is me & Scully with her at the Big Brother wrap party, when Bez won.
She was hilarious and had me running round after her all night…and I loved it ❤️ #jackiestallonepic.twitter.com/ymalRLEmII
— Rowetta🎙 (@Rowetta) September 22, 2020
Stallone had seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Frank said.