It contains a few pictures of the pair of them, and got me looking around the internet for some more, which I'd like to share with you. Julia and I have been huge Joan and Jackie fans since the 1970s; we've been known to joke that we are them, Julia being older, darker, thinner and much more outgoing than novel-writing me!! Julia has met Jackie; I wrote about this in my tribute to her HERE.
We both met Joan in May 1999 when she was doing a book signing in Selfridges. I was actually moving house on that day, but when Julia rang me up to tell me about it I told my then-husband and he understood that I had to make haste to the station and leave him with the boxes.... it's all about priorities!
Joan was charming, smiling, and absolutely beautiful; she was 66 at the time but looked 20 years younger, easily. She had a real star quality about her, too, something you can't put your finger on ~ or manufacture. When she walked in, everyone started clapping, spontaneously, and not only the people who were waiting to have their book signed.
Joan and Jackie!