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Joan Collins

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Joan Collins in 2010
Born (1933-05-23) 23 May 1933 (age 88)
Nationality British
Occupation Actress, author, columnist
Years active 1951–present
Spouse(s) Maxwell Reed
(m. 1952–1956, divorced)
Anthony Newley
(m. 1963–1971, divorced)
Ronald S. Kass
(m. 1972–1983, divorced)
Peter Holm
(m. 1985–1987, divorced)
Percy Gibson
(m. 2002–present)
Children Tara Cynara Newley
Alexander Anthony Newley
Katyana Kennedy Kass
Relatives Jackie Collins
(sister, deceased)

Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, DBE (born 23 May 1933) is an English actress, author and columnist. Born in London, Collins grew up during the Second World War. After making her stage debut in the Henrik Ibsen play A Doll's House at the age of nine, she trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. She then signed an exclusive contract with the Rank Organisation and appeared in various British films.

In 1981, she landed the role of Alexis Colby, the vengeful and scheming ex-wife of John Forsythe's character, in the 1980s soap opera Dynasty, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1982; she is credited with the success of Dynasty, which was the most-watched television series in the United States during the 1984-85 broadcast season. Collins also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983 for career achievement.

In 2015, Collins was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to charity. Since the late 1970s, Collins has written several books (including beauty and autobiographical books). In 1988, she published her first novel, Prime Time, and she has continued to publish various kinds of writing. A member of the Conservative Party, Collins was invited to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in April 2013.


Joan Collins 1956
Joan Collins 1956

Collins was born in Paddington, London, and brought up in Maida Vale, the daughter of Elsa Collins (née Bessant), a dance teacher and nightclub hostess, and Joseph William Collins an agent whose clients would later include Shirley Bassey, the Beatles, and Tom Jones. Her father, a native of South Africa, was Jewish, and her British mother was Anglican. She had two younger siblings, Jackie (1937–2015), a novelist, and Bill, a property agent. 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.

Personal life

Collins has been married five times. The first time was to Irish actor Maxwell Reed. They married on 24 May 1952 and divorced in 1956.

Joan Collins

Collins married award-winning singer, actor and movie composer Anthony Newley on 27 May 1963. She and Newley had two children, a daughter Tara Cynara Newley and a son, Alexander Anthony "Sacha" Newley. Collins and Newley divorced in 1970.

In March 1972, Collins married her third husband Ron Kass. He was the president of Apple Records during the time of the Beatles. During their marriage Collins had her third and final child, a daughter, Katyana Kennedy Kass. Collins's marriage to Kass ended in divorce in 1983.

On 3 November 1985, Collins married Swedish singer Peter Holm in a ceremony in Las Vegas. They were divorced on 25 August 1987.

In 2001 Collins met theatrical company manager Percy Gibson, 32 years her junior. They married on 17 February 2002 at Claridge's Hotel in London. They renewed their vows in 2009. The pair were contestants on the Christmas Day edition of the ITV game show All Star Mr. & Mrs. in 2009.

Joan Collins - Monte-Carlo Television Festival
Joan Collins - Monte-Carlo Television Festival 2012

Collins has homes in London, Los Angeles, New York and the South of France, describing her life as being "that of a gypsy".

As of 2013, Collins has three grandchildren.

Collins maintains residences in London, Los Angeles, New York City, and France, describing her life in 2010 as being "that of a gypsy".

Collins's younger sister was Jackie Collins, a pioneer of romantic novels, who died in September 2015. Collins was told only two weeks before her sister's death of the breast cancer she'd had for over six years.

Charitable work

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Ivana Trump wearing Lloyd Klein with Joan Collins

Collins has publicly supported several charities for several decades. In 1982, Collins spoke before the U.S. Congress about increasing funding for neurological research. In 1983, she was named a patron of the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, earning the foundation's highest honour in 1988 for her continuing support. Additionally, 1988 also had the opening of the Joan Collins Wing of the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. In 1990, she was made an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

In 1994, Collins was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Association of Breast Cancer Studies in Great Britain for her contribution to breast cancer awareness in the UK. Collins is patron of Fight for Sight; in 2003, she became a patron of the Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice in Great Britain, while continuing to support several foster children in India, something she has done for the past 25 years. Collins serves her former school, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as the Honorary President of the RADA Associates.


Collins was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 New Year Honours for services to drama, and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to charity.

Ben Gazzara Joan Collins Run For Your Life
Ben Gazzara as Paul Bryan and Joan Collins from the television program Run For Your Life
Joan Collins Farley Granger The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
Joan Collins Farley Granger, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing 1956
Joan Collins Drive Hard, Drive Fast
Joan Collins Drive Hard, Drive Fast 1973
Joan Collins Ray Milland The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
Joan Collins and Ray Milland The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing 1956
  • 1956: Most Promising Young Actress.
  • 1957: Star of Tomorrow.
  • 1957: Motion Picture Magazine Award, Most Promising New Star.
  • 1978: Saturn Award nomination, Best Actress in a Science Fiction film, Empire of the Ants.
  • 1982: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1982: Hollywood Women's Press Club, Female Star of 1982.
  • 1982: Golden Apple Award, Female Star of the Year.
  • 1983: Emmy Award nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1983: Golden Globe, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1983: Cable ACE Award nomination, Best Actress in a Drama Series, Faerie Tale Theatre's Hansel and Gretel.
  • 1983: Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Career Achievement.
  • 1984: People's Choice Award, Favorite female television performer, Dynasty.
  • 1984: Soap Opera Digest Award, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty.
  • 1984: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1985: Madam Tussaud's waxwork unveiled in London (second model in Las Vegas).
  • 1985: People's Choice Award, nomination Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Dynasty.
  • 1985: Soap Opera Digest Award, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty.
  • 1985: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1986: Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comic Relief Role in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty.
  • 1986: Telegatto award to joan Collins. American TV shows and personalities.
  • 1986: People's Choice Award, nomination favourite female television performer, Dynasty.
  • 1986: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1987: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1988: Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty.
  • 1996: OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution to the arts and ongoing charity work.
  • 1999: Millennium Award of Achievement, Golden Camera Film Council.
  • 2001: Golden Nymph, Outstanding Female Actor, Monte Carlo Television Festival.
  • 2002: Icon Award, Maxim Magazine, UK.
  • 2003: TV Land Awards, nomination, Hippest Fashion Plate - Female.
  • 2005: Lifetime Achievement Award, San Diego International Film Festival.
  • 2008: Legend Award, Los Angeles Italia-Film, Fashion and Arts Festival.
  • 2010: New York City International Film Festival, Best Actress.
  • 2010: Beverly Hills Film, TV and New Media Festival, Best Actress.
  • 2011: Cosmetic Executive Women (UK) Lifetime Achievement Award.



Year Title Role Notes
1951 Facts and Fancies Short film
1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again Beauty Queen Contestant Uncredited
1952 The Woman's Angle Marina
1952 Judgment Deferred Lil Carter
1952 I Believe in You Norma Hart
1953 Decameron Nights Pampinea / Maria
1953 Cosh Boy Rene Collins
1953 Turn the Key Softly Stella Jarvis
1953 The Square Ring Frankie
1953 Our Girl Friday Sadie Patch
1954 The Good Die Young Mary Halsey / Mary
1955 Land of the Pharaohs Princess Nellifer
1955 The Virgin Queen Beth Throckmorton
1955 The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Evelyn Nesbit Thaw
1956 The Opposite Sex Crystal
1957 Sea Wife Sea Wife
1957 The Wayward Bus Alice Chicoy
1957 Island in the Sun Jocelyn Fleury
1957 Stopover Tokyo Tina Llewellyn
1958 The Bravados Josefa Velarde
1958 Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Angela Hoffa
1960 Seven Thieves Melanie
1960 Esther and the King Esther
1962 The Road to Hong Kong Diane
1964 Hard Time for Princes Jane
1967 Warning Shot Joanie Valens
1968 Subterfuge Anne Langley
1969 Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? Polyester Poontang
1969 If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium Girl on Sidewalk Cameo appearance
1969 L'amore breve Roberta
1970 The Executioner Sarah Booth
1970 Up in the Cellar Pat Camber
1971 Revenge Carol Radford
1971 Quest for Love Ottilie / Tracy Fletcher
1972 Tales from the Crypt Joanne Clayton Segment: "And All Through The House"
1972 Fear in the Night Molly Carmichael
1973 Dark Places Sarah Mandeville
1973 Tales That Witness Madness Bella Thompson Segment: "Mel"
1974 L'arbitro Elena Sperani
1975 I Don't Want to Be Born Lucy Carlesi
1975 Il richiamo del lupo Sonia Kendall
1976 Alfie Darling Fay
1976 The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones Black Bess
1976 Il pomicione
1977 Empire of the Ants Marilyn Fryser
1978 Fearless Brigitte
1978 The Big Sleep Agnes Lozelle
1978 Zero to Sixty Gloria Martine
1978 The Stud Fontaine Khaled
1979 Game for Vultures Nicolle
1979 Sunburn Nera
1979 The B*** Fontaine Khaled
1982 Homework Diane
1983 Nutcracker Laura Carrere
1994 Decadence Helen / Sybil
1995 In the Bleak Midwinter Margaretta D'Arcy
1996 The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story Herself
1997 Coronation Street: Viva Las Vegas! Herself
1999 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Mrs. Potiphar
1999 The Clandestine Marriage Mrs. Heidelberg Also associate producer
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Pearl Slaghoople
2004 Ellis in Glamourland Susan
2006 Ozzie Max Happy
2007 Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven Herself
2008 Valentino: The Last Emperor Herself
2010 Fetish Francesca Vonn Short film
2013 Saving Santa Vera Baddington Voice
2014 Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism Nockman's Mother
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Joan Collins
2017 The Time of Their Lives Helen Shelly Also executive producer


Year Title Role Notes
1964 The Human Jungle Liz Kross Episode: "Struggle for a Mind"
1966 Run for Your Life Gilian Wales Episode: "The Borders of Barbarism"
1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Baroness Bibi De Chasseur / Rosy Shlagenheimer Episode: "The Galatea Affair"
1967 The Virginian Lorna Marie Marshall Episode: "The Lady from Wichita"
1967 Batman The Siren (Lorelei Circe) Episodes: "Ring Around the Riddler" and "The Wail of the Siren"
1967 The Danny Thomas Hour Myra Episode: "The Demon Under the Bed"
1967 Star Trek Edith Keeler Episode: "The City on the Edge of Forever"
1969 Mission: Impossible Nicole Vedette Episode: "Nicole"
1972 The Persuaders! Sidonie Episode: "Five Miles to Midnight"
1972 The Man Who Came to Dinner Lorraine Sheldon TV Movie
1973 Drive Hard, Drive Fast Carole Bradley TV Movie
1973 Great Mysteries Jane Blake Episode: "The Dinner Party"
1974 Fallen Angels Jane Banbury TV pilot
1975 Ellery Queen Lady Daisy Frawley Episode: "The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne"
1975 Switch Jackie Simon Episode: "Stung from Beyond"
1975 Space: 1999 Kara Episode: "Mission of the Darians"
1976 Baretta Lynn Stiles Episode: "Pay or Die"
1976 Police Woman Lorelei Frank / Prudence Clark Episodes: "The Pawn Shop" and "The Trick Book"
1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers Avril Devereaux TV Mini-Series
1976 Gibbsville Andrea Episode: "Andrea"
1977 The Fantastic Journey Queen Halyana Episode: "Turnabout"
1977 Future Cop Eve Di Falco Episode: "The Kansas City Kid"
1977 Starsky and Hutch Janice Episode: "Starsky and Hutch on Playboy Island"
1979 Tales of the Unexpected Lady Natalia Turton Episode: "Neck"
1980 Tales of the Unexpected Clare Duckworth/Julia Roach Episode: "Georgy Porgy"
1980 Tales of the Unexpected Suzy Starr Episode "A Girl Can't Always Have Everything"
1980 Fantasy Island Lucy Atwell Episode: "My Fair Pharaoh/The Power"
1981–1989 Dynasty Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan Series regular (Season 2-8), Recurring (Season 9) 195 episodes
1982 Tattletales Herself TV Game Show
1982 Paper Dolls Racine TV Movie
1982 The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch Annie McCulloch TV Movie
1983 The Love Boat Janine Adams Episode: "The Captain's Crush/Out of My Hair/Off-Course Romance"
1983 Making of a Male Model Kay Dillon TV Movie
1983 Hansel and Gretel Stepmother / Witch TV Movie
1984 Her Life as a Man Pam Dugan TV Movie
1984 The Cartier Affair Cartier Rand / Marilyn Hallifax TV Movie
1986 Sins Helene Junot TV Mini-Series, also executive producer
1986 Monte Carlo Katrina Petrovna TV Movie, also executive producer
1991 Red Peppers Lily Pepper TV Movie, also executive producer
1991 Tonight at 8.30 Various Series regular, 8 episodes, also executive producer
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Alexis Morrell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan TV Movie
1993 Roseanne Ronnie Episode: "First Cousin, Twice Removed"
1993 Mama's Back Tamara Hamilton TV pilot
1993 Egoli: Place of Gold Catherine Sinclair Special Guest Star
1995 Annie: A Royal Adventure! Lady Edwina Hogbottom TV Movie
1995 Hart to Hart: Two Harts in 3/4 Time Lady Camilla TV Movie
1996 The Nanny Joan Sheffield Episode: "Me and Mrs. Joan"
1997 Pacific Palisades Christina Hobson 7 episodes
1998 Sweet Deception Arianna TV Movie
2000 Will & Grace Helena Barnes Episode: "My Best Friend's Tush"
2001 These Old Broads Addie Holden TV Movie
2002 Guiding Light Alexandra 'Alex' Spaulding von Halkein Thorpe Special guest star
2005 Slavery and the Making of America Reenactor Episode: "Seeds of Destruction"
2006 Hotel Babylon Lady Imogen Patton Episode: "1.7"
2006 Footballers' Wives Eva De Wolffe Episodes: "5.5" and "5.6"
2009 Agatha Christie Marple: They Do It with Mirrors Ruth Van Rydock TV Movie
2010 Rules of Engagement Bunny Dunbar Episode: "Les-bro"
2012–2013 Happily Divorced Herself 3 episodes
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Benidorm Crystal Hennessy-Vass Recurring
2015–present The Royals Alexandra, Grand Duchess of Oxford Recurring
2018 American Horror Story TBA Season 8

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