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Jackie Stallone, celebrity astrologer, women’s wrestling promoter and mother of actors Sylvester and Toni D’Alto and singer Frank, has died. She was 98.
“This morning my brothers and I lost our mother,” Frank Stallone wrote in a Facebook post. “She died in her sleep as she had wished. It was hard not to like her, she was very eccentric and flamboyant person,” he added.
A larger-than-life character with three famous children, Stallone achieved success and notoriety of her own as one of America’s foremost psychics and authored several books on astrology. She was also a champion of women’s fitness and was a key figure promoting G.L.O.W., the women’s wrestling company, which had its heyday in the 1980s.
Born Jacqueline Frances Labofish on Nov. 29, 1921, in Washington D.C., Stallone lived through the Depression and as a teenager ran away from home to work as an acrobat for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses. She also worked as a chorus girl and a hairdresser.
Stallone was married three times. She married Frank Stallone Sr., a hairdresser and occasional actor, in 1945 and gave birth to Sylvester in 1946 and Frank Jr. in 1950. Her marriage to Frank Sr. lasted twelve years. She then married Anthony Filiti in 1959, and gave birth to D’Alto in 1964 with her second husband. D’Alto died from cancer in 2012. She married her third husband, Stephen Devine in 1998.
As well as her famous children, Stallone owed much of her own fame to her life-long passion for astrology. She claimed to have given astrological advice to the great and the good in Hollywood as well as world leaders and others. In 1989, she wrote the book Star Power: An Astrological Guide to Supersuccess, and she made numerous television appearances advocating astrology throughout the 1980s and 90s. For a time, she also had her own psychic hotline.
A long-time advocate for personal fitness, and especially women’s fitness, Stallone helped establish women-only gyms and pushed for more televised coverage of women’s athletics events. In 1986, she appeared in the fitness video Richard Simmons and the Silver Foxes: Fitness for Silver Citizens and in recent years on social media she would post videos of herself undertaking rigorous cross-fit training.
In the mid-1980s, she was a key figure in mainstreaming the women’s wrestling promotion the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.), joining the organization during its heyday just as it had started to gain traction on television. Stallone performed as the kayfabe owner of G.L.O.W. and also managed some of the talent. The origins of G.L.O.W. were recently adapted into a Netflix series.
Jackie Stallone is survived by her husband Stephen Devine, her sons Sylvester and Frank and six grandchildren.
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