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Also Known As: Joan Henrietta Collins Died:
Born: May 23, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, producer, writer, model, entrepreneur

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

A glamorous presence on film and television for a half-century, Joan Collins specialized in seductive, larger-than-life women with a lust for just about everything in projects ranging from "Land of the Pharoahs" (1955) and "Island in the Sun" to "The Stud" (1978) and most famously, "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89). Her physical beauty - which was often likened to a British Elizabeth Taylor - was a drawback in her earlier career, which found her playing wayward girls and wantons. After a short stint in Hollywood, during which she dated numerous studs of the time, including Warren Beatty, she drifted into B-grade pictures for over a decade before being cast as the venomous Alexis Carrington in "Dynasty." Her overripe performance launched a thousand similar "rich bitch" characters on primetime, but Collins managed to hold the title with charm and sexiness for decades after the show's demise. An outspoken and at times brazen figure in real life, with a string of marriages and public romances to her name, she remained one of the most cheekily appealing actresses in the world.

A glamorous presence on film and television for a half-century, Joan Collins specialized in seductive, larger-than-life women with a lust for just about everything in projects ranging from "Land of the Pharoahs" (1955) and "Island in the Sun" to "The Stud" (1978) and most famously, "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89). Her physical beauty - which was often likened to a British Elizabeth Taylor - was a drawback in her earlier career, which found her playing wayward girls and wantons. After a short stint in Hollywood, during which she dated numerous studs of the time, including Warren Beatty, she drifted into B-grade pictures for over a decade before being cast as the venomous Alexis Carrington in "Dynasty." Her overripe performance launched a thousand similar "rich bitch" characters on primetime, but Collins managed to hold the title with charm and sexiness for decades after the show's demise. An outspoken and at times brazen figure in real life, with a string of marriages and public romances to her name, she remained one of the most cheekily appealing actresses in the world.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Saving Santa (2014)
3.
 These Old Broads (2001) Addie Holden
4.
 Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, The (2000) Pearl Slaghoople
5.
 Clandestine Marriage, The (1999) Mrs Heidelberg
6.
 Midwinter's Tale, A (1995) Margaretta D'Arcy
7.
 Annie: A Royal Adventure (1995) Lady Edwina Hogbottom
8.
 Decadence (1993) Helen/Sybil
9.
 Cartier Affair, The (1984) Cartier Rand
10.
 Her Life As a Man (1984) Pam Dugan
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Milestones close milestones

1945:
London stage debut as a boy in "A Doll's House"
1951:
Film debut in uncredited role as a beauty contestant in "Lady Godiva Rides Again"
1951:
First small film role in "The Woman's Angle"
1952:
Appeared in revue "Rat's Revel Society" on London stage
1955:
Portrayed Evelyn Nesbit Thaw in "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing"
1956:
Cast in "The Opposite Sex," a remake of Clare Boothe Luce's play "The Women"
1962:
Appeared with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in "The Road to Hong Kong"
1967:
Played Lorelei Circe-the Siren in "Ring Around the Riddler" and "The Wail of the Siren" episodes of "Batman" (ABC)
1967:
Acted in two-part epiosde of "Star Trek" (NBC), "The City on the Edge of Forever", playing Captain Kirk's love interest
1969:
Acted opposite then-husband Anthony Newley in Newley's film "Can Hieronymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happinesss"
1972:
Portrayed Lorraine in the Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of "The Man who Came to Dinner" (NBC)
1976:
First time acting in a miniseries, "Arthur Hailey's 'The Moneychangers'" (NBC)
1978:
Appearance in a steamy film version of her sister's book "The Stud" helped revive her stalled career; followed with "The Bitch" (1979), also adapted from sister's work
1980:
Returned to London stage in "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney"
1981:
Starred as Alexis Carrington Colby on ABC's primetime soap "Dynasty" (not in the original cast when the show premiered in January of 1981)
1982:
Played the witch in "Hansel and Gretel" episode of Showtime's "Faerie Tale Theatre"
1983:
Posed in a "50 Is Beautiful" spread in <i>Playboy</i> magazine
1985:
Debuted her Joan Collins Eyewear Fashion Line
1986:
Executive produced and starred in "Sins" and "Monte Carlo", both CBS miniseries
1988:
Published first novel, "Prime Time"
1990:
Legendary agent 'Swifty' Lazar negotiated a cotract with Random House, guaranteeing her payment of $4 million for two novels even if the manuscripts were rejected for publication
1991:
Reprised Alexis role in ABC's "Dynasty: The Reunion"
1992:
Made Broadway debut as Amanda in Noel Coward's sophisticated comedy "Private Lives"
1992:
Associate producer and star of A&E's "Collins Meets Coward", performing three one-act plays by Noel Coward
1995:
Portrayed the evil Lady Edwina Hogbottom in "Annie: A Royal Adventure", an ABC movie
1996:
Made headlines when Random House sued her for return of her $1.3 million advance after rejecting her manuscript; Collins won the case, receiving an additional $1.3 million and the rights to publish her novel outside the USA
1996:
Gave her signature diva role a new spin as a frosty agent in Kenneth Branagh's "A Midwinter's Tale"
1997:
Recruited by executive producer Aaron Spelling to add her champaign fix to the short-lived primetime soap "Pacific Palisades"
1997:
Subject of "Joan Collins" for A&E's "Biography"
2000:
Appeared in the play "Love Letters"
2001:
Had co-starring role in the ABC movie "These Old Broads"
2001:
Headlined the London production of the stage comedy "Over the Moon" (titled "Moon Over Buffalo" when it played on Broadway)
2002:
Appeared in a limited run on the legendary daytime soap opera "Guiding Light"
2004:
Toured the United Kingdom with a revival of the play "Full Circle"
2006:
Toured in "A Night With Joan Collins," a one-woman show in which she detailed the highs and lows of her roller coaster career, directed by her husband Percy Gibson
2006:
Joined forces with Linda Evans on the Broadway stage in "Legends!" a comedy by Tony Award-winning author James Kirkwood
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Education

Frances Holland School: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

Voted Female Star of 1982 by the Hollywood Women's Press Club

In 1994 the Association of Breast Cancer Studies presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her humanitarian interests.

Named as Officer, Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996

Deeply concerned about children the world over, Collins is an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and has long been a patron of the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities.

After her victory over Random House: "Wonderful jury! It's tremendously gratifying ...

"I believe in the judicial system here. I did write two books, but that's all right. You'll see 'Hell Hath No Fury' [the second book] in print by the end of the year. This court part will be the end of the book.

"I'm extremely happy. It ended two years of absolute hell ...

"Nobody held a gun to Random House to pay me $4 million." --Joan Collins to New York Post, February 14, 1996.

Attributing her resilience to being raised in wartime London: "If I ever whined, my parents would say, 'Children are starving in Europe! Bombs are falling! How dare you be miserable when you've got a comfy bed to sleep in!' I was brought up to never feel sorry for myself." --Joan Collins, in People, June 30, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Maxwell Reed. Actor. Born in 1919; married in 1951; divorced in 1957; tried to sell her to an Arab sheik; died in 1974.
companion:
Nicky Hilton.
companion:
Rafael Trujillo.
companion:
Warren Beatty. Actor. Engaged in the early 1960s.
companion:
Harry Belafonte. Actor, singer.
companion:
Ryan O'Neal. Actor.
husband:
Anthony Newley. Actor, singer, composer. Married in 1963; divorced in 1971; father of Collins' two older children; died in 1999 at age 67.
husband:
Ronald Kass. Music and film producer. Married in March 1972; divorced in 1983; died of cancer at age 50 in 1986; ran Apple records in the 1960s when the Beatles were under contract; produced Collins' film, "The Stud" (1978) and her return to stage, "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney" (1980-81).
husband:
Peter Holm. Pop singer. Swedish; born c. 1946; met at a party in 1983; married on November 6, 1985; Collins filed for annulment in December 1986; sued by Holm for $2.6 million; he received $180,000 and a custom-made car.
companion:
Robin Hurlstone. Art dealer. Born c. 1958; British; together from c. 1987 until the relationship ended in early 2001.
husband:
Percy Gibson. Theatrical company manager. Born c. 1964; met while Collins was appearing in the play "Love Letters"; began relationship in early 2001; married on February 17, 2002.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Will Collins. Theatrical agent. Ran a theatrical agency with Lew Grade in the 1930s.
mother:
Elsa Collins. Dancing teacher.
sister:
Jackie Collins. Novelist. Born October 4, 1941; married to art gallery and club owner Oscar Lerman who died in March 1992.
brother:
William Collins Jr. Real estate agent. Born c. 1946.
daughter:
Tara Cynara Newley. Singer, musician. Born on October 12, 1963; father, Anthony Newley; sings and plays guitar with folk-rock band; married to record producer Michael Adam.
son:
Alexander Anthony Newley. Portrait painter. Born on November 8, 1965; father, Anthony Newley.
daughter:
Katyana Kass. Born on June 20, 1972; father, Ronald Kass; struck by a car in 1980, suffering severe brain injuries.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Past Imperfect"
"Joan Collins Beauty Book"
"Katy, A Fight for Life"
"Primetime"
"Love and Desire and Hate" Simon & Schuster
"My Secret"
"Too Damned Famous"
"Infamous" Dutton
"Second Act" St. Martin's Press
"My Friends' Secrets"
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