Joan Collins


Actor
Joan Collins

About

Also Known As
Dame Joan Collins, Joan Henrietta Collins
Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
May 23, 1933

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). After a short stint in Hollywood, she drifted into B-grade pictures for over a de...

Family & Companions

Maxwell Reed
Husband
Actor. Born in 1919; married in 1951; divorced in 1957; tried to sell her to an Arab sheik; died in 1974.
Nicky Hilton
Companion
Rafael Trujillo
Companion
Warren Beatty
Companion
Actor. Engaged in the early 1960s.

Bibliography

"My Friends' Secrets"
Joan Collins (1999)
"Second Act"
Joan Collins, St. Martin's Press (1997)
"Infamous"
Joan Collins, Dutton (1996)
"Too Damned Famous"
Joan Collins (1995)

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.

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). After a short stint in Hollywood, she drifted into B-grade pictures for over a decade before being cast as the venomous Alexis Carrington in "Dynasty." Her 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 brave figure in real life, she remained one of the most cheekily appealing actresses in the world.

Born Joan Henrietta Collins in Paddington, a metropolitan borough of Westminster, London on May 23, 1933, she was one of three children born to Elsee Bessant, a dance teacher, and South African-born agent Joseph William Collins, who would later count The Beatles and Tom Jones among his clients. Her younger sister, Jackie, followed in her footsteps with appearances in B- pictures and television in the 1960s before establishing herself as a best-selling author of salacious romance novels. In some ways, Joan Collins led a charmed adolescence - she and her siblings were raised in the affluent neighborhood of Maida Vale, and Collins made her acting debut at the age of nine, playing a boy in a production of "A Doll's House." But these early years were also difficult ones for her. Joseph Collins was reportedly a strict father with a taste for discipline, which he wielded over children and spouse alike. Collins found an escape in the movies; she had fallen in love with them after seeing "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) at an early age, and envisioned a life for herself that was spent as an actress.

She approached her father about auditioning for London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, to which he agreed on one condition: that she would become his secretary if she did not pass. Thankfully, Collins did make the grade, and by 17, she had landed a contract with the Rank Film Company, one of the U.K.'s biggest studios. Though not exactly praiseworthy of his daughter's accomplishments - Collins would be remarkably dismissive of his children in public throughout his life - he also served as her first agent. Her tenure with Rank was particularly unspectacular; a debut as a beauty contestant in "Lady Godiva Rides Again" (1951) was followed by a string of forgettable roles in dramas, comedies and costume pictures, including "I Believe in You" (1952) and "Decameron Nights" (1953) with Louis Jordan. Collins supplemented her film income as a popular model in magazines. At age 18, she was voted the most beautiful girl in England by a photography group. She also was not afraid to speak about her issues with Rank; in 1954, she complained to a London newspaper about the company's lack of support for its female talent. The statement would help to cement Collins' image as an outspoken woman for the rest of her career.

In 1955, 20th Century Fox signed her to a contract, hoping to mold her into their version of Elizabeth Taylor, to whom she bore a strong resemblance, minus violent Taylor eyes. Her first American feature was a bit of a camp effort; "Land of the Pharoahs" (1955), directed by Howard Hawks and penned in part by William Faulkner, was epic in scope but sudsy in its story of a self-absorbed pharaoh and the princess (Collins) who wants to enjoy some of his riches in the present, rather than the afterlife. The film cemented Collins' screen image as a sexually rapacious, morally ambiguous femme fatale - a role she would play on and off for the remainder of her career. Collins' private life also helped to sell that notion to ticket buyers. Her first marriage, to Irish actor Maxwell Reed, ended because he had allegedly tried to sell her to an Arab sheik in 1955. In 1959, she began a torrid romance with fellow up-and-comer Warren Beatty. The relationship burned up the gossip magazines with lurid tales of their non-stop lovemaking, but the affair ended badly, with a broken engagement and an abortion. Collins would later be linked to numerous celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper, Ryan O'Neal and Robert F. Kennedy.

Her reputation sealed her into a series of vampish roles throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In Richard Fleischer's "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing" (1955), she played Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, whose relationship with architect Stanford White ended with his murder in the 1920s. In "The Opposite Sex" (1956), she was a showgirl who steals faithful husband Leslie Nielsen away from dutiful wife June Allyson. And in "Island in the Sun" (1957), she was the kittenish younger sister of plantation owner James Mason, who uses her wiles to lure war hero Stephen Boyd. On occasion, Collins proved that she had talents beyond her physical appeal; the "Sea Wife" (1957), which was initially helmed by Roberto Rossellini, was a stark character piece about shipwreck survivors adrift in a lifeboat, while the Western "The Bravados" (1958) and the caper picture "Seven Thieves" (1960) showed that she could share the screen with such powerhouses as Gregory Peck, Rod Steiger and Edward G. Robinson. She could also do comedy, as her dizzy town vixen in "Rally Round the Flag, Boys!" (1958) showed. But for the most part, Collins was the go-to for seductive and exotic types, and she played the decorative parts in unmemorable films like "Stopover Tokyo" (1957) with Robert Wagner, "Esther and the King" (1960), and "The Road to Hong Kong" (1962), the final "Road" picture with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

By the mid-1960s, Collins was lending her appeal to American TV shows like "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (NBC, 1964-68), "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68 as The Siren) and a memorable appearance on "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69) in the Hugo Award-winning episode "City on the Edge of Forever" as a love interest for Captain Kirk (William Shatner) doomed by a fateful twist in history. Her film career appeared to have stalled completely; among the string of flops to her name during this period was the singularly titled "Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?" (1969), a surreal ego trip directed by her second husband, singer and songwriter Anthony Newley. Collins would later attribute the film as a leading factor in her 1973 divorce from him.

The 1970s saw Collins continue to toil in episodic television and low-budget films. Horror and exploitation soon became her forte, with appearances in the anthology films "Tales from the Crypt" (1972) as a woman threatened by a homicidal Santa Claus, and "Tales that Witness Madness" (1973) in which her jealous wife suspects that her husband has fallen in love with a very feminine and vengeful tree. In 1978, she starred in softcore adaptations of her sister Jackie's novels "The Stud;" the film, which featured copious nudity by Collins as a predatory nightclub owner, was a sizable hit, as was its sequel, the equally tawdry "The Bitch" (1979). Both saw financial returns that rivaled the Bond series in ticket sales.

In 1981, Collins' career received its biggest boost and greatest exposure when she was cast as Alexis Carrington on "Dynasty." Originally considered as a role for Sophia Loren, among others, Alexis was introduced in the second season of "Dynasty" as a key witness in the trial of the show's patriarch, Blake Carrington (John Forsythe), for the murder of his son Steven's gay lover. Her testimony about her former husband throws a wrench into the defense, and Alexis soon proves herself to be a world-class upsetter in the Carrington clan, wreaking havoc with Blake's new wife, Krystal (Linda Evans), daughter Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin) and just about every male, available or otherwise, that crosses her path. Audiences soon flocked to see what witchery Alexis would conduct each week, as well as the regular room-wrecking catfights she would conduct with Evans and later Diahann Carroll and Stephanie Beacham. A combination of Collins and a new writing staff helped to elevate "Dynasty" past its chief competitor, "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991), all of which re-energized Collins' career. She would eventually net six Golden Globe nominations between 1982 and 1987, and took home one in 1983.

The late-in-life success of Collins allowed her to make the rounds in numerous glitzy TV-movies and miniseries, most notably "Sins" (CBS, 1986) and "Monte Carlo" (CBS, 1987), on which she also served as producer. She surprised many with a 12-page layout in Playboy under the rubric "50 is Beautiful." She also began a very popular second career as an author and magazine contributor, penning several books on beauty, as well as a handful of glossy novels that hewed closely to sister Jackie's style. There was also Katy: A Fight for Life (1982), a memoir of her daughter Katy's struggle after being struck by a car in 1980 and enduring severe brain injuries.

However, her relationship with "Dynasty" producers Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent began to sour by its sixth season. She was arguably the show's key attraction, and as such, demanded a larger salary for her efforts. As a result, she missed the first episode of the sixth season, which followed the infamous "Moldavian Massacre," which closed the fifth season with nearly all the major characters appearing to be killed in a coup during a wedding. Eventually, Collins got her wishes - a reported $60,000 per episode - but the writing was on the wall for "Dynasty." The show slogged through its next nine seasons before ABC pulled the plug, ending Alexis' reign on primetime with - what else? A cliffhanger, which was finally resolved in 1991 with the four-hour miniseries "Dynasty: The Reunion" (ABC).

But Collins was not quite out of the scandal sheets yet. A 1991 book deal with Random House resulted in a lawsuit that demanded the actress return the $1.2 million advance she had received after submitting manuscripts that they deemed unsuitable. She countersued for the remaining $4 million in the deal, and, astoundingly, won the case in 1996 thanks to her deal from super agent Irving "Swifty" Lazar, who had stipulated that Collins would be paid whether the manuscripts were published or not. The resulting judgment - Collins was allowed to keep the advance, as well as $1 million for one of the completed manuscripts - landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest payment for an unpublished book.

Undaunted, Collins began focusing her attention on the theater. A revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" launched in London's West End in 1991 before traveling to Broadway in 1992. She would return to the stage on numerous occasions through the '90s and 2000s, most notably in a tour of "Love Letters" with George Hamilton and a West End production of "Moon Over Buffalo" with Frank Langella. Meanwhile, film and television continued to provide Collins with diva-esque roles in Kenneth Branagh's "A Midwinter's Tale" (1995), the Emmy-nominated "Annie: A Royal Adventure" (ABC, 1995), and "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" (2000), which cast her as Fred Flintstone's glammed-up mother-in-law, Pearl Slaghoople. She wrapped up the '90s with the receipt of an O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.

Her "Dynasty" past was never quite far behind, though. In 1997, Aaron Spelling brought her to his primetime soap "Pacific Palisades" (Fox, 1997) in a last-ditch attempt to save the series. It did not work, but she was back in the trenches in 2000 with a guest shot on "The Guiding Light" (CBS, 1952-2009) and in 2005 on the U.K. series "Footballers Wives" (ITV, 2002-06). She also reunited with Linda Evans for the play "Legends!" which ran for a 30-week tour of North America. And in 2010, she joined the cast of the German soap "Forbidden Love" (Das Erste, 1995) for a short stint.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)
Herself
Molly Moon's Big Book of Hypnotism (2015)
Saving Santa (2014)
Voice
These Old Broads (2001)
Addie Holden
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)
Pearl Slaghoople
The Clandestine Marriage (1999)
Mrs Heidelberg
Annie: A Royal Adventure (1995)
Lady Edwina Hogbottom
A Midwinter's Tale (1995)
Margaretta D'Arcy
Decadence (1993)
The Cartier Affair (1984)
Her Life As a Man (1984)
Making of a Male Model (1983)
Kay Dillon
Paper Dolls (1982)
Nutcracker (1982)
The Wild Women Of Chastity Gulch (1982)
Homework (1982)
Diana
The Bitch (1979)
Game For Vultures (1979)
Nicolle
Sunburn (1979)
Zero To Sixty (1978)
The Stud (1978)
Fontaine Khaled
The Big Sleep (1978)
Empire Of The Ants (1977)
Marilyn Fryser
The Bawdy Adventures Of Tom Jones (1976)
Black Bess
The Devil Within Her (1975)
Lucy
Alfie Darling (1974)
Fay
Dark Places (1973)
Sarah Mandeville
Drive Hard, Drive Fast (1973)
Carole Bradley
Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
Bella ("Mel")
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
Joanne [Clayton]
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1972)
Fear in the Night (1972)
Molly Carmichael
Quest For Love (1971)
Inn of the Frightened People (1971)
Up in the Cellar (1970)
Pat Camber
The Executioner (1970)
Sarah Booth
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)
Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969)
Polyester Poontang
Subterfuge (1968)
Anne Langley
Warning Shot (1967)
Joanie Valens
The Road to Hong Kong (1962)
Diane
Seven Thieves (1960)
Melanie
Esther and the King (1960)
Esther
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1959)
Angela Hoffa
The Bravados (1958)
Josefa Velarde
Island in the Sun (1957)
Jocelyn Fleury
Stopover Tokyo (1957)
Tina
Sea Wife (1957)
Sea Wife [Sister Therese]
The Wayward Bus (1957)
Alice Chicoy
The Opposite Sex (1956)
Crystal [Allen]
The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955)
Evelyn Nesbit Thaw
The Adventures of Sadie (1955)
Sadie Patch By arrangement with J. Arthur Rank Organisation
The Virgin Queen (1955)
Beth Throgmorton
Land of the Pharaohs (1955)
Princess Nellifer
The Square Ring (1955)
The Good Die Young (1954)
Mary
Decameron Nights (1953)
Pampinea/Maria
Cosh Boy (1953)
Turn the Key Softly (1953)
Stella
The Woman's Angle (1952)
I Believe in You (1951)

Producer (Feature Film)

The Clandestine Marriage (1999)
Associate Producer

Costume-Wardrobe (Feature Film)

Subterfuge (1968)
Miss Collins' Wardrobe coordinator

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)
Other

Cast (Special)

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration (2003)
Intimate Portrait: Joan Collins (2003)
Hidden Hollywood III: Return to the 20th Century Fox Vaults (2001)
Narrator
Dynasty: The E! True Hollywood Story (2001)
Interviewee
George Hamilton: Playing the Movie Star (2000)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2000)
The Mod Squad: The E! True Hollywood Story (2000)
Interviewee
Hidden Hollywood II: Treasures From the 20th-Century Fox Film Vault (1999)
An All Star Party for Aaron Spelling (1998)
Paparazzi (1998)
Interviewee
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures From the 20th Century-Fox Vaults (1997)
Oscar Levant: Brillant Shadow (1997)
Joan Collins: A Personal Dynasty (1997)
Joan Collins: Actress, Author, Defendant (1996)
Herself
Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond (1996)
Roseanne: Tabloids, Trash & Truth (1996)
Interviewee
Collins Meets Coward (1992)
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards (1991)
Performer
The 45th Annual Tony Awards (1991)
Performer
Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
Golden Globe Awards (1989)
Host
47th Annual Golden Globes (1989)
Performer
The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills (1989)
The Hollywood Christmas Parade (1987)
Secrets Women Never Share (1987)
The 39th Annual Emmy Awards (1987)
Performer
All-Star Party For Joan Collins (1987)
Guest Of Honor
The 38th Annual Emmy Awards (1986)
Performer
The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards (1985)
Performer
The ABC All-Star Spectacular (1985)
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
All-Star Party For Lucille Ball (1984)
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1984)
Blondes vs. Brunettes (1984)
Host
Battle of the Network Stars XII (1982)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love - Beautiful but Funny (1982)
Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (1980)

Producer (Special)

Collins Meets Coward (1992)
Associate Producer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Sweet Deception (1998)
Two Harts in 3/4 Time (1995)
Dynasty: The Reunion (1991)
Sins (1986)
Monte Carlo (1986)
Katrina Petrovna
Moneychangers (1976)

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

Monte Carlo (1986)
Executive Producer
Sins (1986)
Executive Producer

Life Events

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

Associate producer and star of A&E's "Collins Meets Coward", performing three one-act plays by Noel Coward

1992

Made Broadway debut as Amanda in Noel Coward's sophisticated comedy "Private Lives"

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

Headlined the London production of the stage comedy "Over the Moon" (titled "Moon Over Buffalo" when it played on Broadway)

2001

Had co-starring role in the ABC movie "These Old Broads"

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

Photo Collections

The Opposite Sex - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for MGM's The Opposite Sex (1956). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Empire Of The Ants (1977) - Playing Hot Fingers Robert Pine (dad of box office star Chris Pine, known for CHIPS on TV) as married Larry has just sexually assaulted Coreen (Pamela Shoop), who has retaliated, as real-estate maven Marilyn (Joan Collins) brings them back to her island sales tour, and we see the first sign of nuclear insects, in Empire Of The Ants, 1977.
Empire Of The Ants (1977) - I Hope You've Learned Your Lesson Jack Kosslyn and Ilse Earl are the Lawsons, skeptical participants in real estate tour staged by Joan Collins (as “Marilyn Fryser”), and they discover deception, followed by the first appearance of ants, super-sized by nuclear waste, the other customers, for now, unaware, in Empire Of The Ants, 1977.
Empire Of The Ants (1977) - The Next Dominant Life Form The narrator is uncredited and the derivation from the H.G. Wells short story is overstated, but producer-director Bert I. Gordon manages a dramatic enough opening, establishing a nuclear component during the credits, in Empire Of The Ants, 1977, starring Joan Collins.
Opposite Sex, The (1956) - Open Season On Husbands Big scene for Joan Collins as showgirl Crystal (drawn from the Joan Crawford role in the 1939 original The Women), with trouper Pat (Carolyn Jones, Dean Jones the stage-hand), Leslie Nielsen her target and Dolores Gray and Joan Blondell catching on, in the musical re-make, The Opposite Sex, 1956.
Road To Hong Kong, The (1962) - Teamwork Straight into a vaudeville style performance of a Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen custom-written original, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope open their final “Road” picture, The Road To Hong Kong, with Joan Collins and Dorothy Lamour, from Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.
Road To Hong Kong, The (1962) - Too Much Curry In My Cornflake Bob Hope and Bing Crosby are entertainers Chester and Harry, running scams all over Asia when Bob is struck with amnesia, co-star Joan Collins narrating as they travel to see India’s leading specialist, Peter Sellers in his cameo, in the last in the series, Road To Hong Kong, 1962.
Road To Hong Kong, The (1962) - You Can Die Like Heroes Lured into the clutches of an evil conspiracy called the Third Echelon by spy Joan Collins, song & dance men Chester and Harry (Bob Hope and Bing Crosby) are chosen to replace the monkeys on the space shot by villains Robert Morley and Water Gotell, in The Road To Hong Kong, 1962.
Good Die Young, The (1954) - Leave Me To Die! American Joe (Richard Basehart) just arrived in London, has been worried about his Brit wife Mary (Joan Collins, only 21 at the time), but finds out his mum-in-law (Freda Jackson) is the problem, the first back-story in director Lewis Gilbert's The Good Die Young, 1954.
Rally 'Round The Flag Boys! - Fellow Citizens Grace (Joanne Woodward) is enthralled at the town meeting when called upon to serve, nominating fed-up husband Harry (Paul Newman) to help fend off the new military installation, Angela (Joan Collins) observing, in Rally 'Round The Flag, Boys!, 1959.
Devil Within Her, The - An Evil Monster! First with Mandy (Caroline Munro) then elaborate flashback getting new-mom Lucy (Joan Collins) into lacy black underthings, with Hercules (George Claydon) then Tommy (John Steiner), in The Devil Within Her, 1975.

Trailer

Family

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

Companions

Maxwell Reed
Husband
Actor. Born in 1919; married in 1951; divorced in 1957; tried to sell her to an Arab sheik; died in 1974.
Nicky Hilton
Companion
Rafael Trujillo
Companion
Warren Beatty
Companion
Actor. Engaged in the early 1960s.
Harry Belafonte
Companion
Actor, singer.
Ryan O'Neal
Companion
Actor.
Anthony Newley
Husband
Actor, singer, composer. Married in 1963; divorced in 1971; father of Collins' two older children; died in 1999 at age 67.
Ronald Kass
Husband
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).
Peter Holm
Husband
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.
Robin Hurlstone
Companion
Art dealer. Born c. 1958; British; together from c. 1987 until the relationship ended in early 2001.
Percy Gibson
Husband
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.

Bibliography

"My Friends' Secrets"
Joan Collins (1999)
"Second Act"
Joan Collins, St. Martin's Press (1997)
"Infamous"
Joan Collins, Dutton (1996)
"Too Damned Famous"
Joan Collins (1995)
"My Secret"
Joan Collins (1994)
"Love and Desire and Hate"
Joan Collins, Simon & Schuster (1991)
"Primetime"
Joan Collins (1988)
"Katy, A Fight for Life"
Joan Collins (1982)
"Joan Collins Beauty Book"
Joan Collins (1981)
"Past Imperfect"
Joan Collins (1978)

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.