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Joan Collins
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Joan Henrietta Collins
  • Born: 23rd May 1933, Paddington, London, England
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Nickname: Britain's bad girl
  • Alma mater: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Marriage resume: Maxwell Reed 1952-1956 (divorced), Anthony Newley 1963-1971 (divorced), Ronald S. Kass 1972-1983 (divorced), Peter Holm 1985-1987 (annulled) and Percy Gibson 2002 to present date
  • Trivia: Joan starred in England's first X Certificate dramatic movie titled "Cosh Boy" in 1953
  • TV Trivia: She starred as the super villain known as The Siren in the 1960's series of Batman

"You know, like sisters, we all have our problems, which the press loved to exacerbate, or exaggerate. But I mean, she was the closest person to me for many years and with me being the older sister she kind of worshipped me in a way"

Joan Collins

"All of a sudden I found myself with the reputation of being a swinger and a home-wrecker. Beverly Hills wives were supposed to live in fear in case I cast my green orbs in the direction of their men"

Joan Collins

"In your 30s your hormones are raging a lot more than they are in your 70s. But I think it’s over-rated, doing it 18 times a week anyway, don’t you? I think that is a male fantasy, not a female one"

Joan Collins

"I came here and I was the youngest person on the set. The youngest person in the movie, the youngest person at the parties. And now I’m practically the oldest. So it comes full circle"

Joan Collins

"To stay in this business, you have to develop a thick skin and strong character. I got my first reviews when I was 17. Some were very nasty and made me cry. A lot. But I got over it"

Joan Collins

"Loathe fat people? .... I certainly don’t admire them. They are digging their graves with their own teeth. I think to be terribly overweight is incredibly unhealthy"

Joan Collins

"I knew that our relationship of almost two years was doomed. Marriage to Warren would never have lasted because he simply loved the ladies too much"

Joan Collins

"The unfortunate statistics are that there are far more available and fabulous over-40 women than there are available and fabulous over-40 men"

Joan Collins

"I have had to give up certain things in my life. One is shopping. Two is lunch with the girls. Three is cocktail parties, and four is studying my lines"

Joan Collins

"I’m sorry, you don’t freeze you go, ‘Stop that, I’m leaving.’ I just gave them a knee in the groin. It’s hardly suffering. You just didn’t put up with it

Joan Collins

"If I hear the word 'retire' it makes me want to throw up. And then do what? Sit around all day watching television? I still love life, so I live it"

Joan Collins

"I’d been outspoken about equal pay since I was 20. I just don’t see why men should be paid more. If they’re a bigger star, maybe"

Joan Collins

"Practically every actress at that time was taking off their clothes, I bore the brunt of sizzling disgrace" (Talking about the early 80's)

Joan Collins

"Vivien Leigh told me once that she wasn't taken seriously as an actress until she started to lose her looks. .... It's very unfair"

Joan Collins

"The compartment that's easy to put me in is; Freethinking, sexy broad with a dirty mouth, who pretty much does what she wants"

Joan Collins

"I’m not a bad girl, I was a very innocent girl. But I had dark hair and green eyes and I suppose they said that I smoldered"

Joan Collins

"Life’s short and life is very sweet and it’s not going to be too sweet if you’re saddled with a man that makes you sick"

Joan Collins

"It’s a very harsh town, this – you’ve got to have balls of brass. And you have to be able to absolutely take rejection"

Joan Collins

"I’ve never chased fame. I came into this business to be a theatre actress. I was nine when I first appeared on stage"

Joan Collins

"Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you somebody who has never achieved much"

Joan Collins

"I don't waste time regretting what has happened. No one ever said life was going to be a bowl of cherries"

Joan Collins

"Jackie understands me more than practically any of my friends, and I have ignored her advice at my peril"

Joan Collins

"If I do hate or dislike anyone, it is politicians and lawyers, big businessmen and hedge fund managers"

Joan Collins

"I’ve always believed in equality. Women can do whatever men do and they have the right to do so"

Joan Collins

"I've never yet met a man who could look after me. I don't need a husband. What I need is a wife"

Joan Collins

"Rossellini was a stubborn, opinionated genius who had total autonomy over all his productions"

Joan Collins

"Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine"

Joan Collins

"The night is still young, I don't think about my age. I don't feel it, I don't act it, I don't look it"

Joan Collins

"There is a very fine line between a daring, sexy older woman and mutton dressed as lamb"

Joan Collins

"Percy and I fell madly in love. I've finally found my true soulmate. And my husband forever"

Joan Collins

"I wouldn’t date a man who slept around. Absolutely not. I’ve divorced people for that"

Joan Collins

"No one has ever said the word ‘fearless’ to me before, but I suppose in a way I am"

Joan Collins

"The secret of having a personal life is not answering too many questions about it"

Joan Collins

"Relationships, particularly sexual ones, are not just the prerogative of the young"

Joan Collins

"When you get to a certain age, there’s really nothing to be scared of anymore"

Joan Collins

"Nobody else did it for me. Everything I have I’ve bought with my own money"

Joan Collins

"The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer"

Joan Collins

"I’ve fallen in love maybe five times in my life. But it’s a long life"

Joan Collins

"I'm not retiring, they'll have to wheel me on in a wheelchair"

Joan Collins

"I have always lived my life with enthusiasm and pleasure"

Joan Collins

"Life is a predator: you have to eat it before it eats you"

Joan Collins

"Loneliness is the universal problem of rich people"

Joan Collins

"After a certain age, you get the face you deserve"

Joan Collins

"Even when you win the rat race, you're still a rat"

Joan Collins

"I'm a big monarchist and I love the Queen"

Joan Collins

"Life is not life unless you make mistakes"

Joan Collins

"You’ve got to eat life or life will eat you"

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Joan Collins Biography

She was billed as Britain's bad girl. An emerald eyed starlet who smouldered on screen and spliced her way through five spouses with a smiling shrug. Her name was Joan Collins. An actress whose talent matched her beauty whilst her tongue 'twould tease the tabloids.

Talent with beauty is a rare commodity in Hollywood, it always has been. Being blessed with such gifts does not guarantee a starring role. More often than not, the choice is a long grind or the casting couch. Joan Collins may have had a racy reputation in the media, but, when producers offered A-list roles for sexual gratification she turned them down.

From a young age Joan was an aspiring thespian who learned her trade in theatre. From stage to screen was but a small step as the J. Arthur Rank Organization signed her to an exclusive movie contract.

Her screen debut was a small part in the 1951 comedy "Lady Godiva Rides Again" which featured another British beauty Diana Dors. Joan's first credited role was in 1952 playing the part of Norma Hart in "I Believe In You".

The early fifties was a time for Ms Collins to establish her name. Producers from across the pond took note as the legendary director Howard Hawks cast Joan as Princess Nellifer for "Land of the Pharaohs" which was eventually released in 1955. Collins on-screen sultry presence caught the eye of Darryl F. Zanuck who quickly signed her on contract with Twentieth Century Fox.

Joan Collins was a 21 year old ambitious actress when she first landed in Hollywood in 1954. Even by Tinseltown's standards her breathtaking beauty stood out.

It was not just beauty, Collins had a screen presence and physical performance that reached out to audiences and made such an impression it was only a matter of time before her first starring role came about.

Her first big break as a leading actress came when the studio's first choice leading lady turned down the starring role in the 1955 movie "The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing". Collins was in the right place at the right time and gratefully accepted the challenge of stepping into Hollywood's finest stilettoes as Marilyn Monroe was the actress who was the studio's initial choice.

Things were looking up, in her next starring role she was afforded equal billing with the Hollywood legend Bette Davis in "The Virgin Queen" (1955). During the fifties, the Collins portfolio of movies was growing with appearances in hits such as "Island in the Sun" which was the sixth-highest-grossing film of 1957 and The Bravados (1958) starring opposite Gregory Peck.

Not everything went to plan. Collins was disappointed when 20th Century Fox decided to overlook her undoubted talents in favour of Elizabeth Taylor to play the title role in the epic "Cleopatra". The show must go on, so Joan joined the cast of the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope "road" movies in the 1962 caper "The Road To Hong Kong".

Joan decided to devote some time to her family before reviving her career later in the decade with memorable TV roles in Batman and Star Trek. The starring roles were drying up. The decade turned to the seventies but the great roles never came. Her career hit rock bottom with the 1977 movie "Empire of the Ants". This was a turning point.

Everything changed in 1978. In a collaboration with her sister Jackie, who was the author of a 1969 novel called "The Stud", Joan was granted the film rights and "The Stud" was released to sensational acclaim. The movie was a worldwide hit grossing more than $20 million USD.

The Stud was a risque movie where Joan was required to do nude scenes which was a big ask of a mature actress in her mid-forties. Collins played the part with a spell binding seductive allure. There was a follow up movie using another Jackie Collins novel called "The Bitch" which was another box office hit.

The Joan Collins star was back in ascendency and even greater critical acclaim would soon follow.

In a night time battle of the soap opera's, Dallas on CBS was trouncing Dynasty on ABC and the latter urgently needed to add some star quality to improve ratings.

ABC were considering hiring Raquel Welch or Sophia Loren. The producer Esther Shapiro had other ideas. She saw the glint in the Collins eye and recognised that combining Joan's glamourous presence with the acid tongue of an English beauty was the solution Dynasty required.

Joan was made for the part of Alexis Carrington. Indeed, Shapiro created the character of Alexis with Collins in mind. She effortlessly slipped into the furs, the hats and the veils resulting in a preening performance of unadulterated glamour. Her manicured nails clawed their way through Denver as a femme fatale predator unlike anything seen before on prime-time TV.

The reviews were as fabulous as her pumped up shoulder pads. Joan Collins became Dynasty dynamite to a Dallas debacle. She won a Golden Globe and was nominated a further five times for this coveted award. She cleaned up at the Soap Opera Digest Awards by winning the coveted Outstanding Villainess award in both 1984 and 1985.

Joan Collins was in demand. In 1983 she stunned the world by posing for Playboy. The stunning images revealed when it came to Ms Collins that 50 was now the new 30.

Post Dynasty, Joan Collins busied herself on the stage with highlights including "Love Letters" (2000) and "Legends" (2006-2007). There were numerous TV roles and appearances whilst she got to choose from a plethora of silver screen parts at her leisure.

The Joan Collins roadshow continues unabated as she approaches her 90th year still an active actress with no notion of retirement. Meaning her legacy is still being added to. In maturity she retained her regal air of authority and fabulous looks on and off the screen.

She was the face of Cinzano and British Airways. Her star quality oozed through six decades of thespian fame and silver screen adulation. Few actresses are equipped with the quick wit, beauty and unassailable spirit of this star studded icon who inspired me to create this page of Joan Collins quotes and alternative biography.

Quotes About Joan Collins

The actress Stephanie Beacham described her thus: "When Joan walked into Dynasty, she ate the furniture. She tore it up"

Beacham also commented on being out-diva-ed: "Joan always managed to be a bigger diva than me. You might find me slouching around in Ugg boots. You wouldn’t find Joan doing that"

Stephanie telling it like it is: "Let's face it, Joan and I both made fortunes from being bitches"

Marilyn Monroe offered Joan this advice: "beware of the wolves in Hollywood honey, because if they don't get what they want they'll cancel your contract"

Marilyn went on to say: "Don't let the studio big guys dictate to you. You're just a piece of meat to them. We all are"

The actress Joanne Woodward advised her about the lothario Warren Beatty: "If you have a relationship with a libidinous 22-year-old, you’d better let him. Otherwise he’ll look for other avenues, as it were"

Elizabeth Taylor shared this gift suggestion: "Careers don't last you know, they go up and down. You need to get a present when your career is up and when it's down you can recall how good it was from the amount of presents you have"

The Dynasty producer, Aaron Spelling, was impressed to say: "We didn't write Joan Collins. She played Joan Collins. Am I right? We wrote a character, but the character could have been played by 50 people and 49 of them would have failed. She made it work"

The journalist Julie Burchill shared this view: "Never much of an actress, she seems to exist as a moving museum exhibit, a tabloid tableaux forever showing the skinny stars of the modern cinema what star quality really is"

Burchill went on to say: "When she talks about being a survivor, she knows what she's talking about; she's not some little fraud who's had one broken engagement and two broken fingernails, and thinks it's the end of the world. It doesn't matter how bad her books are, how wanton her wigs or how silly her mini-series. At the risk of being just a tiny bit gay for once, she's "Our Joanie" - and she's fabulous"

Her sister, Jackie, made this observation back in 1953: "I get an awful inferiority complex when I’m with Joan"

The journalist, James Wolcott, shared this vivid description: "Collins, is the sort of woman who seems born to swing from chandeliers as geysers of freshly popped champagne flare in tribute"

Tabloid headline after Joan's fifth marriage: "Joan says I do to young Percy from Peru"

The writer, Gore Vidal, was an admirer of her talents: "In addition to being smart, funny, warm, and beautiful, Joan is also very talented. It’s annoying that she has never been taken more seriously as an actress"

The Daily Sketch described her big screen debut thus: "Joan Collins is a young woman of almost disturbing beauty"

A Variety critic concurred with this description: "Joan Collins is a captivating, bundle of sex appeal"


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