QUEEN OF GLAM
All you need to know about the world-renowned star and sister of the late author, Jackie Collins
JOAN Collins is an international star who is famed for her role in Dynasty, and now her part in Benidorm.
She just oozes glamour, and we take a look at the life and times of a true icon of British acting. Here’s the lowdown on showbiz royalty…
Who is Joan Collins? What was her early life and career?
Joan was born in Paddington, London and is the the daughter of Elsa Collins (née Bessant), a dance teacher and nightclub hostess, and Joseph William Collins who was an agent and had clients including Shirley Bassey, the Beatles, and Tom Jones.
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.
Joan made her feature film debut as a beauty contest entrant in Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951) followed by The Woman’s Angle (1952) in a minor role as a Greek maid.
Next was a more significant role as a gangster’s moll in Judgment Deferred (1952).
Her big break came when the Rank Organisation signed her for a major role in I Believe in You (1952).
Joan is the older sister of the late best-selling novelist Jackie Collins, who passed away in 2015.
Joan revealed that a collection of stories written by Jackie when she was 11-years-old could now be published. They were discovered in exercise books when preparing for an auction of the late author’s belongings.
She is also the godmother of supermodel Cara Delevingne.
When did Joan Collins star in Dynasty and who has she played?
In 1981, Joan 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).
Her performance is generally credited as one factor in the fledgling show’s subsequent rise in the ratings against rival show Dallas.
Joan 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.
How many times has Joan Collins been married?
Joan has been married five times.
Her first wedding was to Northern Irish actor Maxwell Reed, who she married on 24 May 1952.
She then married actor and singer-songwriter Anthony Newley in 1963 and American businessman and manager Ron Kass in 1972.
On 3 November 1985, Joan married Swedish singer Peter Holm in a ceremony in Las Vegas, they were divorced on 25 August 1987.
She married her fifth husband Percy Gibson on 17 February 2002 at Claridge’s Hotel in London.
What is Joan Collins currently starring in?
Joan appears in the movie The Time of Their Lives, which hit cinemas in March 2017 and also stars Franco Nero and Pauline Collins.
The film is a heartfelt, feel-good buddy movie in the realms of Thelma and Louise and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
It’s about two very different ladies – one a faded Hollywood star, the other a repressed housewife – who team up by accident, become friends, and have an extraordinary adventure.
The Hollywood actress also reprised her role as Crystal Hennesey-Vaas, the CEO of the Solana Hotel Group in series nine of Benidorm on ITV.
Joan has had a recurring role in the show since 2014.
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