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RIP: Jackie Stallone, Mother Of Sylvester Stallone, Dies At 98

Jackie Stallone
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Sep. 22 2020, Updated 11:43 a.m. ET

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Jackie Stallone, the mother of Sylvester Stallone, died at the age of 98 years old on Monday, September 21.

Jackie was widely known as an astrologer and a wrestling promoter. According to her youngest son, Frank Stallone, the matriarch "died in her sleep as she wished."

"It was hard not to like her, she was a very eccentric and flamboyant person," he said in an Instagram post.

"I would talk to her for hours about the 20's 30's and 40's. It was a history lesson," he wrote, adding that "her mind was razor sharp until the day she died."

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Jackie was born Jacqueline Frances Labofish on November 29, 1921, and ran away from her home at 15 to join the circus.

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"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.

Jackie worked as a trapeze artist before taking a job as a Broadway chorus girl.

She married her first husband, Frank Stallone Sr., who worked as a hairdresser and an occasional actor in 1945. The two were together for 12 years and had two children together: Sylvester and Frank.

During her second marriage, she had a daughter, Toni D'Alto, who died of lung cancer at 48 years old in 2012.

Jackie had long been an advocate for women's fitness and even opened a female-only gym in the 1950s. She also presented an exercise program on local TV in Washington.

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In the 1970s, she became a wrestling promoter with the TV series GLOW — a.k.a. the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Jackie is best remembered by many for her appearance in season 3 of the reality show in 2005, with her former daughter-in-law, Brigitte Nielsen, who was married to Sylvester between 1985 and 1987.

Jackie is survived by her two sons and several grandchildren.

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