Double Golden Globe and People’s Choice Award winner, Dame Joan Collins is a British stage, film and television actress, an accomplished producer, and a published author.
During her career, Dame Joan has worked with some of Hollywood’s greatest legends including, Richard Burton, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Kelly, Bob Hope, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Mitchum, Paul Newman, Debbie Reynolds and Gregory Peck. She made her stage debut at the age of nine and made her first British film at seventeen, within one year of leaving RADA in London. Her British films at the start of her career include ‘I Believe in You’ with Celia Johnson, ‘Decameron Nights’ with Joan Fontaine and ‘Our Girl Friday’ with Kenneth More. A career in Hollywood soon beckoned and Dame Joan signed under contract to 20th Century Fox.
Her early Hollywood films include ‘The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing’, ‘Rally Round the Flag Boys the Virgin Queen’, ‘The Opposite Sex’, ‘Land of the Pharaohs’. Dame Joan has guest starred in some of the world’s most popular TV series on both side of the Atlantic, including, Batman, Star Trek, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Starsky & Hutch, Mission Impossible, The Love Boat, Monte Carlo, Pacific Palisades, Roseanne, Will & Grace, Footballers Wives, Hotel Babylon, Benidorm, Miss Marple, The Royals and American Horror Story.
However, it is Dame Joan’s iconic portrayal of Alexis Carrington Colby in the hit television series, Dynasty, that is arguably her most celebrated role, winning her a Golden Globe in 1982. She is widely credited with making the show an international success. During the 1980s, an era of excess, viewers around the world tuned in weekly to witness the elaborate schemes and legendary showdowns that Alexis orchestrated while looking like a million dollars in every scene.
The fashion alone was a big draw for viewers and Dame Joan had significant input in her character’s glamorous wardrobe. Dame Joan has also starred opposite Steven Berkoff in the film adaptation of his play, ‘Decadence’ and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, Kenneth Branagh’s critically acclaimed ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, ‘The Clandestine Marriage’, an 18 th century period comedy in which she featured opposite the late Sir Nigel Hawthorne and ‘The Time of Their Lives’ co-starring Pauline Collins.
In 2018, Dame Joan was awarded Best Actress at the LA Shorts Film Festival for her short movie, ‘Gerry’. Dame Joan has performed on Broadway, the West End, and in national tours across the UK and North America. In 2006, she toured her one woman show ‘An Evening with Joan Collins’ in the UK and the US and during the 2010-1011 season she made her pantomime debut in ‘Dick Whittington’ at the Birmingham Hippodrome. For several years, Dame Joan reprised her one-woman show ‘One Night with Joan’ at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.
Her one-woman show, ‘Unscripted’ toured the UK in 2016 with a reprise in 2018, featuring at the prestigious London Palladium in both years. Since the release of her first autobiography in 1985, she has written eighteen more novels and memoirs, which have sold over 50 million copies worldwide. She is a regular contributor to The Spectator, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times, and Harper’s Bazaar. Joan was awarded an OBE for her services to the arts in 1997 and in 2015, she was made a DBE for her lifetime contribution to charitable causes.
Dame Joan is passionately committed to many charitable organizations with a particular focus on women, children, and the family unit. For nearly forty years, Dame Joan has been a patron of the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities. She is also a patron of The Shooting Star Hospice and a wing at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan bears her name. She’s an honorary founding member of the NSPCC and heavily involved with The Association of Breast Cancer Studies. Joan has three children, Tara, Alexander, and Katy. In 2002, she married the theatrical manager, Percy Gibson and they split their time between London, Los Angeles, and the South of France.