Facts about Joan Collins
Joan Collins Biography
Joan Collins played conniving glamourpuss Alexis Carrington Colby on the TV soap opera Dynasty (1981-89), along with many other roles in a long career.
Joan Collins began acting in low-budget British movies in 1951, then caught the attention of Hollywood when she appeared in the Howard Hawks epic Land of the Pharaohs (1955). Often cast as a sultry, brunette bad girl, she was in several films in the late 1950s, including The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) and Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! (1958, starring Paul Newman).
In the 1960s and 1970s she worked mostly in low-budget horror movies and in television. Most notably, she played the kind-hearted social worker that Capt. Kirk falls in love with in 1967’s “City on the Edge of Forever,” one of the most celebrated episodes of the original Star Trek series. As the years went by, she became a symbol of a sort of determined ageless Hollywood glamour; somewhat like like Elizabeth Taylor, Collins managed to stay in the public eye into the 21st century.
Joan Collins has also written novels, books on beauty tips, and the memoirs Past Imperfect (1978), Second Act (1996), Passion for Life (2013) and My Unapologetic Diaries (2021). In 2002, at age 68, she married her 36 year-old boyfriend Percy Gibson.
Popular novelist Jackie Collins is a sister of Joan Collins. Joan appeared in two movies based on Jackie’s books: The Stud (1978) and The Bitch (1979)… Joan Collins was once married to Anthony Newley, the British pop star who wrote the songs “The Candy Man” (made famous by Sammy Davis, Jr.) and “Goldfinger” (made famous by James Bond). In all, Joan Collins has been married five times: to Maxwell Reed (from 1952 until their divorce in 1956); to Anthony Newley (from 1963 until their divorce in 1971); to Ronald Kass (married in 1972, annulled in 1983); to Peter Holm (married in 1985, annulled in 1987); and to Percy Gibson (married in 2002).
Something in Common with Joan Collins
- Actors born in England (140)
- Writers born in England (95)
- Gemini Writers (46)
4 Good Links
- Comprehensive official site with background and press releases
- Career profile and filmography
- That's what it seems like, anyway
- From 2002: The Guardian praises Collins' long-lived charms