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.
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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
“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.”
Jackie was born Jacqueline Frances Labofish on November 29, 1921, and ran away from her home at 15 to join the circus.
“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.
In the 1970s, she became a wrestling promoter with the TV series GLOW — a.k.a. the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.
Jackie is survived by her two sons and several grandchildren.
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