The Fascinating Story of Sylvester Stallone’s Mom and Her Unexpected Confession. I’d be mighty surprised if anyone who reads this article doesn’t know who Sylvester Stallone is.
There are few Hollywood stars still working today who can claim to be as famous as Sly Stallone – he’s literally been an icon of action movies for decades.
But have you ever heard of Sylvester’s mother, Jackie Stallone?
In fact, Slee’s mother has her own incredibly fascinating life story, and much of her dramatic time on this earth has come to light following her trɑgic deɑth in 2020.
A great personality and the mother of show business, Jackie Stallone was known for many things. We will say here and now that most people will probably remember her for her numerous plastic surgery procedures.
However, towards the end of her life, Jackie opened up about her surgeries, surprising people with her candid answers…
Jackie Stallone was born Jacqueline Frances Labofish in Washington, D.C. in November 1921. Her father, John, worked as a prominent attorney in the capital; her mother was of French descent, a Parisian socialite from Brittany.
He left as a 15-year-old
Her parents first met when Jackie’s father served in the First World War. They fell in love while John was stationed in France serving in the US Navy.
As a young girl, Jackie was very active and was inspired by bodybuilder Charles Atlas when she was young. For some reason, the famous muscle man lived with Jackie’s family and helped them with gymnastics and weightlifting. Jackie was amazed.
At the age of 15, she ran away from her parents’ home to join the band Flying Wallenda for Ringling Bros. and the Barnum & Bailly Circus.
She decided to become an acrobat. Only, her father was not happy with his teenage daughter’s career move.
“My father, who was a rich lawyer, wanted me to go to law school.” But I wanted to be on stage,” Jackie told The Times of London in 2005.
In her youth, Jackie worked as a trapeze artist. She also pursued a career on Broadway, working as a chorus singer before returning home to Washington.
In the capital, she launched an exercise program on a local TV station. That may not sound like much to the world today – but the fact is that Jackie broke barriers and was ahead of her time.
In the 1950s, Jackie became the first woman to host a television exercise and weightlifting show in Washington, D.C.
A fitness enthusiast and longtime advocate for women’s fitness, she has done much to challenge the norm. In the 40s and 50s, women lifting weights was still a relatively new concept – many men thought vacuuming the house was enough exercise.
In the late ’50s, when a nearby gym refused to let Jackie participate in a weight-training program, she got angry—and immediately acted out her frustrations. This led her to open an all-female gym called Barbella’s next door.
“Of course, the city tried to shut me down every week because I had this huge wooden statue of a woman that said ‘Barbella’s — a woman with about a 56-inch bust — lifting weights, you know? That was my drive … because for some reason they all crashed in Washington, D.C. in the ’50s,” Jackie told the Sun Herald in 1988.
Jackie Stallone would have achieved much more in her life and long career, but it is not clear how popular she would be today without her legendary son Sylvester Stallone.
It all started in 1945 when Jackie met hairdresser and part-time actor Frank Stallone Sr. A year later, she gave birth to Sylvester Stallone in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, New York.
Sly’s birth was quite dramatic, which Jackie opened up about in an interview with Female First.
“During the birth to speed things up, they grabbed these ice tweezers and pulled the baby out paralyzing the whole head, face and part of the body. “His body was so deformed it was pathetic,” Jackie said.
In the accident, Sly was left with a partially paralyzed face. She also touched his lip, tongue and chin, giving Stallone his signature mumbled speech.
“The doctors told me: ‘It is so crippled that you have to take it out.’ “But I decided he’s going to walk the walk, he’s going to talk the talk,” Jackie said.
Jackie would have another son with Frankie Stallone before they divorced in 1957. After the split, the Stallone family matriarch lived a fairly quiet life, but her two sons kept her busy.
“My children and I have always been against the world.” All my life I was the savior in the family. I was a mouth and I had kids who were always in trouble,” she told the Sun Herald in 1988.
As everyone knows, Sylvester Stallone will become one of Hollywood’s biggest and most successful actors. “Sly” became a superstar through movies like Rambo and Rocky, but few knew who his mother was.
However, everything would change in 1989. Jackie first made a name for herself after appearing on the wrestling program GLOV: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. She then started a career as an astrologer in the 90s, becoming a household name in the entertainment industry.
She published a famous book on astrology called Star Power: An Astrological Guide to Super Success and then established a psychic hotline where she offered advice for a fee.
For a while, Jackie seemed to be everywhere. She criticized her son’s girlfriends, scolded her ex-husband on TV shows and launched lines of face masks and other beauty products.
But above all, Jackie Stallone became more famous for a slightly less flattering reason: a love affair with plastic surgery.
Over the decades, she has drastically changed her appearance – thanks to countless lip inje-ctions and facelifts. The gossip magazines loved to poke fun at her unrealistic looks and her supposed efforts to slow down the aging process. Many thought she ruined her face with all the injctions.
It is speculated that Jackie started going under the knife in the early eighties, but there is no concrete information on when she had her first operation. However, the fact remains that she has had countless surgical procedures over the years. In an interview with the Daily Mail in 2013, the 91-year-old socialite claimed she had 50 inj-ections and three chemical peels.
It seemed that Jackie could not help but “fix” her appearance – even at 91 years old, she continued to experiment with cosmetic surgery.
After all, Jackie herself realized that she had crossed the line. At the end of her long life, she admitted that she regretted plastic surgery.
“I have it and I actually have a lot, I feel like I have a full mouth, it’s Juvederm (a cosmetic filler), a lot of it. I feel like I look like a jay.”
She explained Juvederm, continuing, “You gain weight here (points to her cheeks), but it looks like you have a mouthful of nuts.”
Over the years, the eccentric and glamorous Jackie has faced several confrontations over her looks. At the same time, she understood people who thought she looked strange.
“I know it’s not normal.” The London papers are the worst. They say, ‘She’s the worst in the world,’ because I look like a pet bulldog. I really. I’ve seen a lot of bad jobs.”
Jackie Stallone’s honest words came as a bit of a surprise – it’s not often that celebrities talk openly about their cosmetic procedures and surgeries. And even less often do they open up and say they regret it.
Asked in 2013 what type of inj-ections she preferred, Jackie denied using Botox – the near-legendary anti-wrinkle product that has been a celebrity favorite for decades.
“No Botox, I don’t need it, what I want Botox wouldn’t help. “I don’t have wrinkles on my forehead, I don’t have it genetically, that’s something I can be grateful for,” she said.
Despite all the surgeries and procedures, Jackie always tried to take care of herself. She remained fit and active for the rest of her life. Jackie took dance lessons three times a week, went to the gym twice a week, and then made sure she played the piano twice a week too.
“I don’t waste my time going to stupid Hollywood parties.” You should be a role model for your seniors. And in fact, I became a model for movie stars at the age of 50, because what they fear more than anything is aging and cracking. But I’m getting more popular with age,” she explained.
Even as a 98-year-old, Jackie showcased her gym sessions on her Instagram page and inspired thousands with her positive attitude.
In September 2020, her son Frank announced that Jackie Stallone had passed away, two years short of 100.
In a heartbreaking post, Frank wrote: “It was hard not to like her, she was such a quirky and great person.
Her mind was sharp until the day she passed away.” She never wore a mask like a real revolutionary girl. My brother Sylvester took care of her like a queen all her life. I will never be able to call my mom again or have her yell at me that I will never get married. But we all loved her and her spirit to survive and win. I will always miss you mom.”
Jackie Stallone’s cause of deɑth
Jackie passed away in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles. According to The Sun, she passed away of unknown causes. The well-known tabloid TMZ wrote that “the exact circumstances of her deɑth are still unclear.”