Joan Collins
English actress, author, and columnist
Joan Collins
Joan Henrietta Collins, OBE, is a British actress, author and columnist. Born in Paddington and brought up in Maida Vale, Collins grew up during the Second World War. After making her stage debut in A Doll's House at the age of 9, she was trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. After eighteen months at the drama school, she was signed to an exclusive contract by the Rank Organisation and appeared in various British films.
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
Huffington Post - about 1 month
There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot of ...
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How Debbie Reynolds And Elizabeth Taylor's Tabloid Scandal Almost Destroyed Their Friendship
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Debbie Reynolds is best known as the song-and-dance whiz who dazzled us in “Singin’ on the Rain,” “The Tender Trap” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” The woman never stopped working. New generations were introduced to her through “Will & Grace,” “Halloweentown,” “Behind the Candelabra” and a wealth of other roles. Reynolds, who died Wednesday at age 84, was also a gossip fixture thanks to her friendship with the high priestess of the tabloids, Elizabeth Taylor. The actresses became fast friends circa 1950 when they met at MGM, the studio responsible for releasing many of Reynolds’ most famous musicals. By that point, Taylor had become an established teen star, thanks to breakthrough roles in “National Velvet,” “A Date with Judy” and “Father of the Bride.” “We went to school together on the lot, when she was in between films,” Reynolds reportedly told People magazine in 2015. “I was just a beginner, and she and I were not in any manner alike, but we got along very well becau ...
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Celebrities Remember Zsa Zsa Gabor With Touching Notes On Social Media
Huffington Post - 2 months
On Sunday, actress and glamour icon Zsa Zsa Gabor died at age 99. Upon hearing the sad news, celebrities flocked to Twitter to share their condolences and words of remembrance. Stars including Miley Cyrus, Larry King and Paris Hilton, whose great-grandfather Conrad Hilton was once married to Gabor, all shared touching notes online. “Sad to hear the news of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s passing. My great grandfather and her made such a beautiful couple. May she rest in peace,” wrote Paris, while King posted, “There will only be one Zsa Zsa Gabor. And, I liked her a lot. Rest In Peace, my dear.”  See more celebrity reactions below:  Zsa Zsa!!!!! What a LONG & beautiful life! I have been beyond inspired by your style & grace! We LOVE & MISS YOU! #99 #ZsaZsa — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) December 19, 2016 #ZsaZsa #RIP — Andy Cohen (@Andy) December 18, 2016 Goodbye Zsa Zsa via @ ...
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The Incredibly Sexist Book Once Mysteriously Billed As Trump’s ‘Debut Novel’
Huffington Post - 4 months
When Jeffrey Robinson’s Trump Tower debuted in July 2012, it failed to receive much attention, despite boasting the tagline, “The sexiest novel of the decade,” and an endorsement from Donald Trump himself. “Jeffrey Robinson’s novel Trump Tower bares it all,” Trump writes in the only review blurb on the the back cover. “Here is the drama of the Ultra Rich, the Ultra Powerful, and the Ultra Beautiful who call the most glamorous address in the country their home. I can’t wait to see it on television!” One of the only critical reviews came from The New York Post, which claimed, “The red room of pain in Fifty Shades of Grey would fit right into Trump Tower.” The review only discussed events that happen within the first few pages of the novel, such as a tenant of New York City’s Trump Tower being held against her will in an act that’s depicted as sexy BDSM but is not consensual. This clear moment of sexual assault is presented nonchalantly in the book. Although the book depicts th ...
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'Dynasty' Is Getting The Reboot Treatment Because No TV Show Is Safe
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”Dynasty” is the latest TV series to get the reboot treatment, thanks to The CW.  The network is set to develop a new version of the iconic series, which ran from 1981–89, with the help of “Gossip Girl” writers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, Deadline reports. If anyone can turn “Dynasty” into a modern soap worth watching, its Savage and Schwartz, who, along with Leighton Meester, brought the headband-wearing HBIC Blair Waldorf to life.  The writing duo has teamed up with “Revenge” writer and producer Sallie Patrick and Esther and Richard Shapiro, the husband-and-wife team who created the original series.  The updated series will put a slightly new spin on the original premise, according to Deadline. Two families ― the Carringtons and the Colbys ― find themselves feuding over their massive fortunes and their children. The stories will be told through the perspectives of two women: Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake, and Cristal ...
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Joan Collins says Christmas bittersweet without Jackie
Yahoo News - about 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas will be bittersweet for Dame Joan Collins coming so soon after the death of her sister, Jackie.
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Actress Joan Collins auctions gowns, jewelry and memorabilia - about 1 year
NEW YORK - Gowns, jewelry and memorabilia owned by actress Joan Collins during a career that spanned decades will be sold later this month in Beverly Hills by Julien's Auctions.
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Head Of Hollywood Academy: Diversity Debate At Top Of Agenda
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LONDON (AP) -- The president of Hollywood's movie academy says criticism of the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees has helped spark a vital global discussion about how to make the entertainment industry more inclusive. Cheryl Boone Isaacs said "the whole discussion about diversity is a great discussion, because now it's at the top of everybody's mind, not just the academy's." "It is now a global discussion, and that's really important," she said during a reception at the U.S. ambassador's London residence for new European members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Wednesday's event - whose guests included actors Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, directors Ridley Scott and Tom Hooper and former "Dynasty" star Joan Collins - was part of a push to boost the international profile and reach of the organization, best known for handing out the Oscars. An all-white roster of acting nominees at the 2015 Academy Awards inspired the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite on socia ...
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Tom Hiddleston, Joan Collins turn out to celebrate British film - over 1 year
Tom Hiddleston, Joan Collins, Geena Davis and other stars walk the red carpet at the BFI Luminous Gala in London, an auction event to raise funds to preserve Britain's film archive. Edward Baran reports.
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Jackie Collins, doyenne of the steamy Hollywood novel, dies at 77
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jackie Collins, the best-selling author of dozens of steamy novels who depicted the boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood's power crowd, died on Saturday of breast cancer at age 77, her family said. The British-born Collins, younger sister of actress Joan Collins, died in Los Angeles, said her spokeswoman Melody Korenbrot. "It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer today," the family said in a statement.
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The Good Girl's Guide to Socializing With Celebs
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Keep calm and sophisticatedly carry on when mingling with movie stars, royalty, musicians, sports heroes and supermodels. The good girl exudes grace, politeness, sincerity and intelligence to make a positive, lasting impression when encountering prominent people. High-profile interactions are not daunting if you embrace the good girl's guide to socializing with celebs. Don't Insult Their Intelligence. The Friars Club in a singing, dancing and comedy extravaganza honored television icon and newly minted Dame Joan Collins in Manhattan on Monday, May 4. Winner of the Golden Globe and People's Choice Awards, Joan has starred in feature films and dozens of television programs, including the megahit primetime soap opera, Dynasty. She is beauty, brains and compassion personified. The good girl that mingles with public figures should painstakingly examine what motivates and moves a star. I had the glorious opportunity to ask Dame Joan Collins about her tremendous work with ch ...
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Jerry Lewis, Joan Collins talk aging
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Stars talk aging in Hollywood
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joan Collins
  • 2015
    Age 81
    Collins's younger sister was Jackie Collins, a pioneer of romantic novels, who died in September 2015.
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    In June 2015, Collins backed the children's fairytales app GivingTales in aid of UNICEF, together with Roger Moore, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Michael Caine, David Walliams, Charlotte Rampling and Paul McKenna.
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    She lent her voice to the animated feature film Saving Santa (2013) and starred in the fantasy Molly Moon, which was slated for release in 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 80
    In August 2014, People reported that Collins would guest star on the forthcoming E! drama series The Royals as the Grand Duchess of Oxford, the mother of fictional British Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley).
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  • 2013
    Age 79
    In May 2013, Collins announced on her Twitter profile that she would be joining the cast of British TV sitcom Benidorm in a guest role.
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    She noted that she was a huge supporter of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and was one of the handful of guests to be invited to Thatcher's funeral on 17 April 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Collins is also a staunch monarchist, stating "I'm a big monarchist and I love the Queen." Collins favours British withdrawal from the European Union. Collins has publicly supported several charities for several decades. In 1982, Collins spoke before the U.S. Congress about increasing funding for neurological research. In 1983, she was named a patron of the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, earning the foundation's highest honour in 1988 for her continuing support. Additionally, 1988 also had the opening of the Joan Collins Wing of the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. In 1990, she was made an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In 1994, Collins was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Association of Breast Cancer Studies in Great Britain for her contribution to breast cancer awareness in the UK. Collins is patron of Fight for Sight; in 2003, she became a patron of the Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice in Great Britain while continuing to support several foster children in India, something she has done for the past 25 years. Collins serves her former school, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as the Honorary President of the RADA Associates.
  • 2010
    Age 76
    She made her pantomime debut in Dick Whittington as Queen Rat at the Birmingham Hippodrome during the 2010 Christmas season, starring alongside Nigel Havers, Keith Harris, and Julian Clary.
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    Collins started shooting on 22 February 2010 and appeared on-screen in April 2010.
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    On 24 January 2010, it was announced that Collins was joining the German soap opera Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love) for a short run.
    More Details Hide Details She played an aristocratic British woman, Lady Joan, who takes a young prince, portrayed by German actor Stephan Kaefer (Stephan Käfer), in tow.
  • 2009
    Age 75
    Collins appeared in "They Do It with Mirrors," a two-hour episode of the murder-mystery drama Marple in 2009, as Ruth Van Rydock, a friend of detective Miss Jane Marple.
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  • 2007
    Age 73
    In 2007, Collins fronted two high-profile advertising campaigns.
    More Details Hide Details The first was as the face of skincare company Cellex-C's Ageless 15 Skin Serum; the second was as the face of the Royal Mail's Christmas campaign. In 2008, Collins took part in an online and print advertising campaign for the Dorchester Hotel in London and a Christmas television commercial for Marks & Spencer. In 2010, Collins was named the face of Alexis Bittar Jewelry for Spring Fashion Week. In 2012, she appeared in an advertisement for Snickers chocolate bars, alongside Stephanie Beacham. Collins is known to have made several forays into singing.
  • 2006
    Age 72
    She also guest-starred in the BBC series Hotel Babylon in 2006 as a lonely aristocrat desperate for romance.
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    In 2006, she reunited with her Dynasty co-stars for the nonfiction special Dynasty Reunion: Catfights and Caviar.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, she began a tour of North America in the play Legends! with former Dynasty co-star Linda Evans, which concluded in May 2007 after a 30-week run. In 2005, Collins joined the cast of the hit British television series Footballer's Wives for a limited run.
    In early 2006, Collins toured the United Kingdom in An Evening With Joan Collins, a one-woman show in which she detailed the highs and lows of her career and life, directed by her by-then husband Percy Gibson.
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  • 2005
    Age 71
    In 2005, actress Alice Krige impersonated Collins in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalised television film based on the creation and behind-the-scenes production of Dynasty.
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  • 2002
    Age 68
    She married Percy Gibson (born 1965) on 17 February 2002 at Claridge's Hotel in London.
    More Details Hide Details Collins is also the godmother of model turned actress Cara Delevingne. As of 2013, Collins has three grandchildren. Collins maintains residences in London, Los Angeles, New York City, and France, describing her life as being "that of a gypsy".
    In 2002, Collins returned to soap operas in a limited guest run on the American daytime soap Guiding Light.
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  • 2001
    Age 67
    In 2001, she co-starred in the television film These Old Broads with Debbie Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine, and Taylor.
    More Details Hide Details The film was written for television by Reynolds's daughter, Carrie Fisher.
  • 2000
    Age 66
    In 2000, Collins joined the cast of The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, a prequel to the 1994 Universal Studios live-action film The Flintstones.
    More Details Hide Details She reprised the supporting role of Pearl Slaghoople, Wilma Flintstone's mother, that Elizabeth Taylor had originated.
  • 1999
    Age 65
    In 1999, Collins was cast in the film version of musical theatre show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
    More Details Hide Details She played two roles in this film: a pianist and Mrs. Potiphar, the wife of Egyptian millionaire Potiphar.
  • 1996
    Age 62
    On 31 December 1996, Collins was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama, and in the 2015 New Year Honours promoted Dame Commander of the same Order (DBE) for services to charity.
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  • 1991
    Age 57
    In 1991 Collins also appeared in Noël Coward's Tonight at 8:30.
    More Details Hide Details She was selected as the cover model for the relaunch of the popular celebrity magazine OK! when it changed from being a monthly to a weekly.
  • 1990
    Age 56
    In 1990, Collins played Amanda in a revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives.
    More Details Hide Details She would later appear in the same play in 1992, starring alongside Simon Jones.
  • 1989
    Age 55
    After the end of Dynasty in 1989, Collins took time off.
    More Details Hide Details She rejoined her co-stars for Dynasty: The Reunion, a 1991 miniseries that concluded the series which had been left with a cliffhanger ending after its abrupt cancellation. In the 1990s, Collins made several guest star appearances on series such as Roseanne, The Nanny, and Will & Grace. She also appeared as the main characters of films such as Decadence (1994) and Annie: A Royal Adventure! (1995) (in the latter of which she plays the main antagonist, Lady Edwina Hogbottom) during this period.
  • 1986
    Age 52
    With Dynasty at the height of its success, Collins began producing and starred in the 1986 CBS miniseries Sins and Monte Carlo.
    More Details Hide Details But both of these last two were critical and ratings disappointments. In the 2001 E! True Hollywood Story episode featuring Dynasty, former ABC executive Ted Harbert stated, "The truth is we didn't really believe that we had this thing done as a hit until Joan Collins walked down that courtroom aisle." Co-star Al Corley noted that Collins "just flew" in the role that was "tailor made just spot on." In Dynasty producer Aaron Spelling's final press interview, he said of Collins: "We didn't write Joan Collins. She played Joan Collins. Am I right? We wrote a character, but the character could have been played by 50 people and 49 of them would have failed. She made it work."
  • 1985
    Age 51
    On 3 November 1985, Collins married Swedish singer Peter Holm in a ceremony in Las Vegas. They were divorced on 25 August 1987.
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  • 1983
    Age 49
    Collins's marriage to Kass ended in divorce in 1983.
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    In 1983, Collins starred in Making of a Male Model with young model-actor Jon-Erik Hexum, and in 1984 played a soap star in The Cartier Affair with David Hasselhoff.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, she co-hosted the ABC-TV special Blondes vs. Brunettes.
    For her portrayal of Alexis, Collins was nominated six times for a Golden Globe Award (every year from 1982 to 1987), winning once in 1983, the same year she was nominated for an Emmy as Best Actress in a Drama Series.
    More Details Hide Details Upon accepting the award, Collins thanked Sophia Loren for turning down the part of Alexis. At the age of 50, Collins appeared in a 12-page photo layout for Playboy magazine shot by George Hurrell.
  • 1981
    Age 47
    In 1981, Collins was offered a role in the second season of the then-struggling new soap opera Dynasty (1981–89) playing Alexis Carrington, the beautiful and vengeful ex-wife of tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe).
    More Details Hide Details Her performance is generally credited as one factor in the fledgling show's subsequent rise in the Nielsen ratings to a hit rivaling Dallas. In 1985, Dynasty was the no. 1 show in the United States, beating out Dallas, which ranked at no. 2.
    In 1981, she landed the role of Alexis Carrington Colby, the vengeful ex-wife of John Forsythe's character, in the 1980s television soap opera Dynasty, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1982; she is credited for the success around Dynasty, which was the most-watched television show in America during the 1984-85 broadcast season.
    More Details Hide Details Collins also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983 for career achievement. Since the late 1970s, Collins has written several books (including beauty and autobiographical books). In 1988 she published her first novel, Prime Time, and she has continued to publish various kinds of writing. Collins was born in Paddington, London, the daughter of Elsa Collins (née Bessant), a dance teacher and nightclub hostess, and Joseph William Collins (died 1988), an agent whose clients would later include Shirley Bassey, the Beatles, and Tom Jones. Her father, a native of South Africa, was Jewish, and her British mother was Anglican. She has two younger siblings, Jackie (1937–2015) and Bill, a property agent. She was educated at the Francis Holland School, an independent day school for girls in London and then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
  • 1980
    Age 46
    She began appearing on stage, playing the title role in the 1980 British revival of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, and later had a lead role in the 1990 revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives.
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  • 1967
    Age 33
    While she continued to make films in the US and the UK throughout the 1960s, she also guest starred in an episode of Star Trek in 1967 named "The City on the Edge of Forever", as Edith Keeler.
    More Details Hide Details Her career languished in the 1970s, when she appeared in a number of horror flicks. Near the end of the decade, she starred in two softcore pornographic films based on best-selling novels by her younger sister Jackie Collins: The Stud (1978) and its sequel The Bitch (1979).
  • 1963
    Age 29
    She then married Anthony Newley in 1963 and Ron Kass in 1972; she had two children, Tara and Sacha, with Newley and her third, Katyana, with Kass.
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  • 1952
    Age 18
    Collins has been married five times, first to Northern Irish actor Maxwell Reed, whom she married on 24 May 1952 after he allegedly raped her, and divorced in 1956.
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  • 1933
    Born in 1933.
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