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HOLLYWOOD royalty Joan Collins will return to Piers Morgan’s Life Stories this Sunday, 20 June, 2021, on ITV.
Very active in the spotlight since 1951, the Dynasty star has never ceased to amaze the public through the decades.
Joan Collins is an English actress who oozes glamourCredit: Getty Images – WireImage
Who is Joan Collins? What was her early life and career?
Joan celebrated her 88th birthday on 23 May, 2021.
Joan was born in Paddington, London and is 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 became a household name in 1952 in I Believe in You but also after appearing in Dynasty in the 80sCredit: AP:Associated Press
In the light of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harrassment allegations Joan has spoken out about the Hollywood casting couch. She says she was passed over for the role of Cleopatra because she wouldn’t sleep with the studio head.
The role went to Elizabeth Taylor even though Joan was the front runner and had tested twice.
Joan is the older sister of the late best-selling novelist Jackie Collins, who passed away in 2015 following a battle with breast cancer.
The same year Joan was made Dame by the Queen for her charitable services.
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.
Joan was close to her sister, the late Jackie CollinsCredit: Reuters
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 for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
Dynasty fans were hoping to see her reprise her iconic role as the TV villain.
But much like her on-screen character, Joan didn’t hold back when stating that she wasn’t interested in the Dynasty reboot.
“I don’t really have any thoughts about it”, she told Guff News in 2017.
“It’s on a channel that I don’t really get, the CW, so I haven’t seen it and I’m not really that interested. The past is the past, as far as I’m concerned.”
She has since focused on many other projects, both on TV and the silver screen.
Joan is married to Percy GibsonCredit: Getty Images
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 May 24, 1952.
She then married actor and singer-songwriter Anthony Newley in 1963 and American businessman and manager Ron Kass in 1972.
On November 3, 1985, Joan married Swedish singer Peter Holm in a ceremony in Las Vegas, they were divorced on August 25, 1987.
She married her fifth husband Percy Gibson on February 17, 2002 at Claridge’s Hotel in London.
Joan famously quipped when questioned about the age gap between her and Percy, “if he dies, he dies”.
Despite this, and even during the Covid pandemic, they have remained inseparable and are even “closer than ever”, according to the actress.
“Being in lockdown has made me realise how strong our relationship really is”, Joan told Hello in September 2020, spreaking from their luxurious villa in St Tropez, France.
“I love entertaining guests at the villa, travelling and socialising, but that changed and because of the restrictions it’s just Percy and me. The great thing is we’re partners in crime, accomplices.”
Joan has been a big hit in ITV’s Benidorm
What has Joan Collins starred in recently?
Joan appeared 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 had a recurring role in the show until 2017, when she decided to move onto something new.
Since the, she has appeared in numerous TV shows such as American Horror Story : Apocalypse (2018), The Royals, Hawaii Five-0 and will make an appearance in the new series Glow And Darkness as Adelaide of Maurienne.
She also remains active on the big screen. After starring in her husband Percy’s movie, The Time of Their Lives, she has made an appearance in the 2020 film The Loss Adjuster.
2022 will mark her return to the big screen, as she as been filming the cinema adaptation of the musical Tomorrow Morning.
What is Joan Collins’ net worth?
During her long career Collins’ is rumoured to have built up a worth of over £20million.
As of 2021, her net worth is estimated at 50 million dollars which is equivalent to more than 36 million pounds.
But speaking to the Radio Times, the outspoken Joan said: “I’m not exactly rich, no.
“Rich, as Robert Wagner said to me, is having f*** you money.”