May. 23rd, 1933
London, England, UK
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Joan Henrietta Collins, OBE (born 23 May 1933) is an English actress, author, and columnist.
In 1951 she made her feature debut as a beauty contest entrant in Lady Godiva Rides Again, and in 1952 she made her film debut in I Believe in You which was based on the book Court Circular by Sewell Stokes. She was next signed by 20th Century Fox in 1954 as their answer to MGM's Elizabeth Taylor. According to a 11 September 1954 article in Picture Post, Collins was frustrated by her time at Rank. Collins told the popular Hulton Press Weekly 'they're always carrying on about there being no women of star material in England. They don't bother to build us up. They concentrate on building the men'. She appeared in Island in the Sun (1957).
Collins was popular as a magazine pin-up in the UK throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, with cover appearances on titles such as Span and 66.
Her notable guest appearances on American television during the 1960s and 1970s included Batman, Mission: Impossible, Police Woman, and the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever".
In the 1970s Collins made several movies and then starred in the film versions of her sister Jackie Collins's racy novels The Stud and The Bitch. The films were smash hits in England, becoming the most profitable films since the James Bond series. Collins has worked with some of the biggest names and movie legends in Hollywood, including Richard Burton, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Gene Kelly, Laurence Harvey, Bob Hope, Dwayne Hickman, James Mason, Robert Mitchum, Eddie Albert, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Sir Laurence Olivier, Edward G Robinson, Sir Ralph Richardson, Rod Steiger, James Stewart, Joanne Woodward, Jayne Mansfield, Sir John Gielgud, and Sir Nigel Hawthorne.
After the end of Dynasty in 1989, Collins took time off to be with her family.
In 1994, at the age of 60, she launched her only exercise video, titled Joan Collins Personal Workout.
In 1990 Collins played Amanda in a revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives in the West End. She would later make her Broadway debut in the same play in 1992.
In 1991 Collins also appeared in Noël Coward's Tonight at 8:30 and played eight different women in a series of one act plays written by Coward, including an elderly Victorian spinster. She also guest starred in six episodes of Aaron Spelling's short lived prime time soap opera Pacific Palisades in 1997.
During the early 1990s Joan Collins twice appeared as a celebrity guest star on the hit South African soap opera "Egoli" (City of Gold), playing the role of Catherine Sinclair. Collins was chosen as the cover model for the relaunch of the popular celebrity magazine OK! when it changed from being a monthly to a weekly.
In the spring of 2000 she completed an American tour of Love Letters with the likes of George Hamilton and Stacy Keach Jr. Additionally, she appeared in a West End production of Over the Moon with Frank Langella in 2000.
In 1999 Collins was cast in the video version of musical theatre show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She played two roles in this video: a pianist and Mrs. Potiphar, the wife of Egyptian millionaire Potiphar.
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. She played the supporting role Pearl Slaghoople (Wilma Flintstone's mother) but the film was not a box office success.
In 2001 she costarred in the TV movie These Old Broads with Debbie Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine, and Elizabeth Taylor.
In 2002 Collins returned to soap operas in a limited run on the American daytime soap Guiding Light. She also appeared on South African television, depicting the role of South African journalist Jani Allan in a comedic spoof. In 2004 she appeared on a Dutch comedy film Alice in Glamourland as a successful writer. Several months later she toured the United Kingdom with a revival of the play Full Circle. In 2005 she served as guest host of the popular British quiz show Have I Got News For You.
In 2005,actress Alice Krige portrayed Collins in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalised television movie based on the creation and behind the scenes production of Dynasty.
In early 2006, Collins toured the United Kingdom in A Evening With Joan Collins, a one-woman show in which she detailed the highs and lows of her roller coaster career and life. In 2006, she reunited with her Dynasty co-stars for the non-fiction special Dynasty Reunion: Catfights and Caviar.
Collins appeared in an two hour-long episode ("They Do It with Mirrors") of the murder-mystery drama Marple in 2009. She will play Ruth Van Rydock, an old friend of detective Miss Marple.
- Sister of 'Jackie Collins (I)' (qv).
- The second volume of her autobiography was called "Second Act" and was released in 1996, following her successful court battle against her publisher, Random House. The company had demanded that Joan return the $2-million advance it had given her for two novels, as it claimed her submissions were "substandard". The New York judge ruled in her favor.
- Best known for her role in _"Dynasty" (1981)_ (qv)
- Met her fifth husband, theatre manager 'Percy Gibson' (qv), when Collins appeared in a touring production of the play "Love Letters" in the United States. Gibson helped edit Collins's new novel, "Star Quality". She was 68 and he was 36.
- Refused to return to work on _"Dynasty" (1981)_ (qv) at the beginning of the 1985-1986 season until she was given a raise, forcing the writers to write her out of the first episode of the season. It was a bold move on her part, because the previous season's cliffhanger was the infamous "Moldavian Massacre", in which all the characters were shot. It would have been very easy for the producers to fire her and eliminate the character of Alexis by having her being killed in the shootout. However, she successfully negotiated a raise to around $60,000 per episode and returned to work, missing only one episode.
- Great admirer of former Prime Minister Lady 'Margaret Thatcher' (qv).
- Became a grandmother on 5 October 1998. But Joan, being Joan, refuses to be called "Grandma"; Miel Celeste Adam calls her "DoDo" instead.
- Turned down 'Frank Sinatra' (qv), 'Robert F. Kennedy' (qv), 'Darryl F. Zanuck' (qv) and 'Dean Martin (I)' (qv).