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Joan Collins is a British actress and author best known for playing the vengeful ex-wife, Alexis Carrington Colby, in the prime time television drama ‘Dynasty’.

InformationDetail
BirthdayMay 23, 1933
NationalityBritish
FamousAuthor, Humanitarian, Philanthropists, Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses, Writers
SpousesPercy Gibson (m. 2002), Anthony Newley (m. 1963–1971), Maxwell Reed (m. 1952–1956), Peter Holm (m. 1985–1987), Ron Kass (m. 1972–1984)
SiblingsBill Collins, Jackie Collins
Known asJoan Henrietta Collins
Childrens Alexander Anthony Newley, Katyana Kennedy Kass, Tara Newley
Universities
  • Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art
  • Francis Holland School
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Notable Alumnis
  • Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art
Birth PlacePaddington
Height168cm
GenderFemale
FatherJoseph William Collins
MotherElsa Collins
Net Worth$30 million as of Jun 16,2017
Sun SignGemini
Born inPaddington
Famous asActress & Author

// Famous Author

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Who is Joan Collins?

Joan Henrietta Collins is an actress and author who, after decades of playing minor roles in films and television rose to great fame with her portrayal of the vicious and revengeful Alexis Carrington Collins in the prime time television drama ‘Dynasty’. The beautiful actress is said to have resuscitated the then-struggling drama which during its second season seemed to be heading for cancellation. The first preference for the role was Sophia Loren who had turned it down. It was then offered to Collins who by then had only appeared in a series of B-Films and small television shows. Daughter of a theatrical booking agent, she made her stage debut at the age of nine. She went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and hoped of making it big in Hollywood. She made her feature film debut as a beauty contestant in the film ‘Lady Godiva Rides Again’. Because of her beauty, she was often offered roles of sultry and seductive women in B-Films. In spite of trying her best, she could not enter mainstream Hollywood or land substantial roles in major films. She made several guest appearances in television programs and low-budget films, and also started exploring a career as a writer. Till date she has authored many novels, non-fictions, and memoirs including the best selling novel, ‘Prime Time’.

// Famous Film & Theater Personalities

Childhood & Early Life

She was the eldest daughter of Elsa Collins and Joseph William Collins. Her mother was a dance teacher and nightclub hostess while her father was a theatrical booking agent. She has one sister, Jackie, who is an author, and one brother, Bill.

She went to Francis Holland School - a school for girls in London. Later on she went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Career

In 1951 she made her feature film debut as a beauty contest entrant in ‘Lady Godiva Rides Again’. It was followed by minor appearances in films like ‘The Woman’s Angle’ (1952) and ‘The Good Die Young’ (1954).

She played the femme fatale in Howard Hawks’ epic ‘Land of the Pharaohs’ in 1955. The movie was a big flop and did nothing to further her career.

During the 1950s she gained a reputation as a popular pin-up model. With her pretty looks and grace, she often found herself on the covers of such magazines like ‘Span’ and ‘66’.

She portrayed the actress Evelyn Nesbit in a fictionalized account of her life in ‘The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing’ in 1955. The film revolves around the story of a beautiful actress whose former lover is killed by her jealous husband.

She decided to concentrate on her family life and did not work much during the 1960s. She made several guest appearances in television shows including ‘Batman’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘The Virginian’ and ‘The Danny Thomas Hour’.

She appeared in the segment ‘And All Through The House’ as Joanne Clayton in the horror film ‘Tales from the Crypt’ in 1972. The story revolved around five strangers who meet a mysterious crypt keeper in a crypt who tells them the manner of their death.

The year 1981 saw her fortunes change for the better. She was offered the role of Alexis Carrington in the struggling soap opera ‘Dynasty’. She was to portray the beautiful but vicious ex-wife of a tycoon Blake Carrington. She played the role to perfection and was greatly appreciated for her performance.

By 1985, this once struggling series became the most watched show in the United States, ranked at No.1. Collins was credited with resuscitating the fortunes of the show with her amazing performance. From 1982 to 1987, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award every year.

The series ‘Dynasty’ came to an end in 1989. The cast came together again in 1991 for ‘Dynasty: The Reunion’, a miniseries that concluded the series which had previously been cancelled abruptly.

Over the 1990s she continued appearing in guest roles in television shows and played minor roles in films. She also made a return to the stage and played Amanda in a revival of the play ‘Private Lives’ in 1990.

She is also an established author. She has written several literary works in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, lifestyle books, and memoirs. Her best selling novels include ‘Prime Time’ and ‘My Secrets’. Her books have sold over 50 million copies worldwide.

Major Works

She is best known for playing the primary antagonist, Alexis Carrington Colby on the television series ‘Dynasty’ who is hell-bent on destroying her former husband’s life. Her character was named among ‘The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time’ by T.V. Guide.

Awards & Achievements

She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997 by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of her contribution to the arts and her charity work.

She was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Diego International Film Festival in 2005.

In 2013 she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sedona International Film Festival.

Personal Life & Legacy

Her first marriage was to Irish actor Maxwell Reed which lasted from 1952 till 1956. She then married Anthony Newley in 1963 and had two children with him. This marriage too ended in separation.

She exchanged vows again in 1972 with Ron Kass; the couple had one child before divorcing in 1983. She was married to singer Peter Holm from 1985 to 1987.

She married for the fifth time in 2002 to Percy Gibson. She is regarded as a glamorous grandmother for looking so beautiful and fit even at this age.

She has been actively involved in charities for years. She was made a patron of the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities in 1983. She is also an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

// Famous Alumni of Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art

Joan Collins awards

YearNameAward

Golden Globe Awards

1983Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaDynasty (1981)

People's Choice Awards

1985Favorite Female TV PerformerWinner

Joan Collins biography timelines

  • // 23rd May 1933
    She was the eldest daughter of Elsa Collins and Joseph William Collins. Her mother was a dance teacher and nightclub hostess while her father was a theatrical booking agent. She has one sister, Jackie, who is an author, and one brother, Bill.
  • // 1950
    During the 1950s she gained a reputation as a popular pin-up model. With her pretty looks and grace, she often found herself on the covers of such magazines like ‘Span’ and ‘66’.
  • // 1951 To 1954
    In 1951 she made her feature film debut as a beauty contest entrant in ‘Lady Godiva Rides Again’. It was followed by minor appearances in films like ‘The Woman’s Angle’ (1952) and ‘The Good Die Young’ (1954).
  • // 1952 To 1963
    Her first marriage was to Irish actor Maxwell Reed which lasted from 1952 till 1956. She then married Anthony Newley in 1963 and had two children with him. This marriage too ended in separation.
  • // 1955
    She played the femme fatale in Howard Hawks’ epic ‘Land of the Pharaohs’ in 1955. The movie was a big flop and did nothing to further her career.
  • // 1955
    She portrayed the actress Evelyn Nesbit in a fictionalized account of her life in ‘The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing’ in 1955. The film revolves around the story of a beautiful actress whose former lover is killed by her jealous husband.
  • // 1960
    She decided to concentrate on her family life and did not work much during the 1960s. She made several guest appearances in television shows including ‘Batman’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘The Virginian’ and ‘The Danny Thomas Hour’.
  • // 1972
    She appeared in the segment ‘And All Through The House’ as Joanne Clayton in the horror film ‘Tales from the Crypt’ in 1972. The story revolved around five strangers who meet a mysterious crypt keeper in a crypt who tells them the manner of their death.
  • // 1972 To 1987
    She exchanged vows again in 1972 with Ron Kass; the couple had one child before divorcing in 1983. She was married to singer Peter Holm from 1985 to 1987.
  • // 1981
    The year 1981 saw her fortunes change for the better. She was offered the role of Alexis Carrington in the struggling soap opera ‘Dynasty’. She was to portray the beautiful but vicious ex-wife of a tycoon Blake Carrington. She played the role to perfection and was greatly appreciated for her performance.
  • // 1985 To 1987
    By 1985, this once struggling series became the most watched show in the United States, ranked at No.1. Collins was credited with resuscitating the fortunes of the show with her amazing performance. From 1982 to 1987, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award every year.
  • // 1989 To 1991
    The series ‘Dynasty’ came to an end in 1989. The cast came together again in 1991 for ‘Dynasty: The Reunion’, a miniseries that concluded the series which had previously been cancelled abruptly.
  • // 1990
    Over the 1990s she continued appearing in guest roles in television shows and played minor roles in films. She also made a return to the stage and played Amanda in a revival of the play ‘Private Lives’ in 1990.
  • // 1997
    She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997 by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of her contribution to the arts and her charity work.
  • // 2002
    She married for the fifth time in 2002 to Percy Gibson. She is regarded as a glamorous grandmother for looking so beautiful and fit even at this age.
  • // 2005
    She was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Diego International Film Festival in 2005.
  • // 2013
    In 2013 she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Joan Collins's FAQ

  • What is Joan Collins birthday?

    Joan Collins was born at 1933-05-23

  • Where is Joan Collins's birth place?

    Joan Collins was born in Paddington

  • What is Joan Collins nationalities?

    Joan Collins's nationalities is British

  • Who is Joan Collins spouses?

    Joan Collins's spouses is Percy Gibson (m. 2002), Anthony Newley (m. 1963–1971), Maxwell Reed (m. 1952–1956), Peter Holm (m. 1985–1987), Ron Kass (m. 1972–1984)

  • Who is Joan Collins siblings?

    Joan Collins's siblings is Bill Collins, Jackie Collins

  • Who is Joan Collins childrens?

    Joan Collins's childrens is Alexander Anthony Newley, Katyana Kennedy Kass, Tara Newley

  • What was Joan Collins universities?

    Joan Collins studied at Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, Francis Holland School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

  • What was Joan Collins notable alumnis?

    Joan Collins's notable alumnis is Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art

  • How tall is Joan Collins?

    Joan Collins's height is 168

  • Who is Joan Collins's father?

    Joan Collins's father is Joseph William Collins

  • Who is Joan Collins's mother?

    Joan Collins's mother is Elsa Collins

  • What is Joan Collins's sun sign?

    Joan Collins is Gemini

  • How famous is Joan Collins?

    Joan Collins is famouse as Actress & Author