Born Jacqueline Labofish on November 29, 1921 in Washington D.C., she claimed to have started her entertainment career as an aerialist with the Flying Wallendas act in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus.
Stallone was the first woman to have a daily TV show on exercise and weight lifting in Washington, D.C., and later opened a gym for women, Barbella’s. She was a key promoter and manager with “GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” for five years, starting in 1986.
“Oh my heart broke hearing of the passing of #JackieStallone. 98 years young and was still doing Pilates when we last spoke,” former GLOW wrestler Angelina Altishin, aka “Little Egypt,” wrote on Twitter. “What a fire she would lite inside me each time we connected. She wasn’t just the mother of @TheSlyStallone she was our good girl manager in #glow.”
Stallone emerged as a celebrity astrologer in the mid-1990s, setting up a TV psychic hotline. She referred to herself as “the foremost American rumpologist.” According to her website, the practice is “sometimes called butt reading in modern parlance. It is the art of reading the lines, crevices, dimples, and folds of the buttocks to divine the individual’s character.”
Stallone made a splash as the 2005 surprise guest on the British TV series “Celebrity Big Brother.” The straight-talking Stallone was brought onto the show to interact with fellow contestant and former daughter-in-law Brigitte Nielsen, with whom she notoriously argued. Nielsen was married to Sylvester Stallone from 1985-1987.
Stallone’s unannounced entrance into the Big Brother house and Nielsen’s realization is one of the classic moments of British reality TV.
“Oh my God, Jackie,” the shocked Nielsen said, covering her mouth.
Stallone was the first contestant voted out by viewers after four days in the house.
- November, 29, 1921
- Washington, D.C.
- September, 21, 2020
- Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death
- died in her sleep