10:50 AM EDT 01/30/2015
Originally posted 01/29/2015 08:30AM
Author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 internationally best-selling romantic novel The Thorn Birds was the Fifty Shades of Grey of its time, died Thursday afternoon in a hospital in her native Australia, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. She was 77.
Originally posted 11/26/2013 10:55AM
Tough-talking, yet sensible. Earnestly sincere, yet hip to bull. Sandra Bullock in Gravity?
Well, sure. But the same was said (and much earlier) about screen legend Barbara Stanwyck – "A Stand-Up Dame," as PEOPLE called her in 1990, when, after a four-decade career, the formidable star of Annie Oakley, Stella Dallas, Meet John Doe, The Lady Eve, Double Indemnity, 1953's Titanic and TV's The Big Valley, among other popular vehicles of their day, died of heart failure at age 82.
"She wasn't a great beauty like Dietrich or Garbo or an actress with the range of a Bette Davis or a Katharine Hepburn," said PEOPLE, which splashed Stanwyck on a 1985 cover. "But she had grit, sex appeal and vulnerability, in spades."
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
Bruce Jenner Is 'Transitioning into a Woman,' Source Confirms to PEOPLE
Bobbi Kristina Brown Hospitalized After Being Found Unresponsive in Tub
Bobbi Kristina Brown: Inside the Troubled Life of Whitney Houston's Daughter
Bobbi Kristina's Husband Is Not the Bad Guy, Says Source
Pup Surprises Soldier Mom at Airport and They Can't Stop Crying Tears of Joy
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!