On today in 1996, actress and bestselling novelist Joan Collins won a judgment against Random House for $1 million. In 1990, Random House had presented Collins $4 million in a two-book deal, and paid a $1.2 million advance, with the others due on delivery of the manuscripts. But when Collins turned in the 1st of both books, the publishing home claimed it had been “unreadable” and sued for the return of the advance. The court ruled and only Collins and demanded that Random House pay her an further $1 million for the event she turned in.
The novel, and in addition, was in no real way published.
Collins, a British-born actress and older sister of bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, had currently starred in a few 50 movies and 25 tv shows, like the 1980s hit Dynasty, when she sold her 1st novel to Simon and Schuster for a rumored $3 million. Critics trashed the book, Prime Time (1988), which became a bestseller nonetheless. Her next book, My Secrets, was published in 1994, accompanied by Second Act in 1996. Her tangle with Random House evidently didn’t quell her literary ambitions: She published My Friends’ Secrets, a beauty book, in 1999.