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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 23 May 1933Paddington, London, England, UK
Birth NameJoan Henrietta Collins
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joan Collins was born on May 23, 1933 in Paddington, London, England as Joan Henrietta Collins. She is an actress and producer, known for Dynasty (1981), The Bravados (1958) and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000). She has been married to Percy Gibson since February 17, 2002. She was previously married to Peter Holm, Ronald S. Kass, Anthony Newley and Maxwell Reed.

Spouse (5)

Percy Gibson (17 February 2002 - present)
Peter Holm (3 November 1985 - 25 August 1987) (divorced)
Ronald S. Kass (11 March 1972 - 1984) (divorced) (1 child)
Anthony Newley (27 May 1963 - 13 August 1971) (divorced) (2 children)
Maxwell Reed (24 May 1952 - 8 July 1957) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Often plays a sexy, adulterous woman
Natural brunette hair
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (42)

She studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England.
Daughter Tara Newley is a news anchor in England, UK. Son Alexander Newley is an artist. Daughter Katyana Kass is an actress and a theatrical production assistant. [May 2000]
Older sister of Jackie Collins.
Two of her childhood wishes came true when she made her debut on Broadway (wish #1) in 1991 in Noel Coward's "Private Lives" and starred as Amanda (wish #2).
Her first agent was her father Joe Collins in London. Later in her career, her agent was the well-regarded Irving Paul Lazar (aka "Swifty" Lazar), until his death in 1993.
Once engaged to Warren Beatty.
Affectionately known as "The British Open" because of her liberal lifestyle.
Great admirer of former Prime Minister Lady Margaret Thatcher.
Has described herself as "right-wing" [politically], although she once collected welfare in the United States per her own biography.
She had affairs with Dennis Hopper, Arthur Loew Jr, Sydney Chaplin, Ryan O'Neal and George Englund (Cloris Leachman's husband).
First husband Maxwell Reed tried to sell her to an Arab sheik for £10,000, just seven months after their wedding.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1997 Queen's New Year's Honours List for her services to drama.
Pulled in a reported $120,000 per episode as Alexis Carrington Colby on Dynasty (1981).
Met her fifth husband, theatre manager Percy Gibson, when Collins appeared in a touring production of the play "Love Letters" in the United States. Gibson helped edit Collins's new novel, "Star Quality". She was 68 and he was 36.
Has starred with Leonard Rossiter in Cinzano alcohol commercials on television.
Children: Tara Newley (born October 12, 1963) and Alexander Newley (born November 8, 1965) by Anthony Newley; Katyana Kass (born Kennedy "Katy" Kass, born June 20, 1972) by Ronald S. Kass.
Became a grandmother on October 5, 1998. But Joan, being Joan, refuses to be called "Grandma"; Miel Celeste Adam calls her "DoDo" instead.
Split permanently with first husband Maxwell Reed on her 21st birthday.
Brother William Collins Jr. (born 1946) is a real estate agent.
Lived with art dealer Robin Hurlestone for 13 years.
Is the eldest of three children of Joseph William and Elsa Collins.
The second volume of her autobiography was called "Second Act" and was released in 1996, following her successful court battle against her publisher, Random House. The company had demanded that Joan return the $2-million advance it had given her for two novels, as it claimed her submissions were "substandard". The New York judge ruled in her favor.
A doll and an action figure were made in the likeness of her character on Star Trek (1966), Edith Keeler.
Has three grandchildren: Miel and Weston by daughter Tara Newley, and Ava Grace Newley (born July 2004), by son Alexander Newley and daughter-in-law Angela Tassoni.
Refused to return to work on Dynasty (1981) at the beginning of the 1985-1986 season until she was given a raise, forcing the writers to write her out of the first episode of the season. It was a bold move on her part, because the previous season's cliffhanger was the infamous "Moldavian Massacre", in which all the characters were shot. It would have been very easy for the producers to fire her and eliminate the character of Alexis by having her being killed in the shootout. However, she successfully negotiated a raise to around $60,000 per episode and returned to work, missing only one episode.
Only appeared in 13 of 22 episodes during the final season of Dynasty (1981) because the producers told her they couldn't afford to pay her every week.
Is portrayed by Rachel Scobie in The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004)
Best known for her role as Alexis Carrington Colby in Dynasty (1981).
She is allergic to shellfish.
In Italy, almost all her films were dubbed by Dhia Cristiani, except Land of the Pharaohs (1955) and Sea Wife (1957) where she was dubbed by Clelia Bernacchi and Lidia Simoneschi respectively.
Her father was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (some of whom had come from the Netherlands and Germany). Her mother was English, and had French ancestry.
Has been good friends with Dame Shirley Bassey for many years. Shirley sang at her wedding to Percy Gibson.
At age 16, she was courted by 19-year-old Larry Hagman. He had to be very respectful and report to her father.
Husband Percy Gibson is two years younger than her daughter Tara Newley and the same age as her son Alexander Newley.
Former stepmother of Robert Kass.
She is one of only seven actors to have played "Special Guest Villains" in Batman (1966) who are still alive, the others being Julie Newmar, John Astin, Glynis Johns, Barbara Rush, Dina Merrill and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 14, 1983.
Had often feuded with Charlotte Rae.
Became pregnant by Warren Beatty and had an abortion.
Replaced Marilyn Monroe in The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955). Marilyn was considered too old at age 30 when the girl was supposed to be age 17.
Longtime friends with and student of John Forsythe.

Personal Quotes (26)

In 1984: I enjoyed being an adulteress... taking a certain vengeance for the fact that my husband was not being faithful.
The unfortunate statistics are that there are far more available and fabulous over-40 women than there are available and fabulous over-40 men.
The secret of having a personal life is not answering too many questions about it.
It is unseemly to undress on stage. I won't do that.
I have always tried to live my life with enthusiasm and pleasure.
I've never chased fame. I came into this business to be a theatre actress. I was nine when I first appeared on stage. But I can't say I would turn my back on fortune. I'm someone who enjoys the benefits of money. I created a lifestyle for myself. Nobody else did it for me. Everything I have I've bought with my own money.
After a certain age, you get the face you deserve.
I've never been that keen on Shakespeare.
[in 1995] I was thinking, who of the English actresses in the last 30 or 40 years have achieved as much as I have?
Age, in my opinion, has no bearing at all, that is unless, of course, one happens to be a bottle of wine.
[on Margaret Thatcher's 80th birthday] She's the Iron Lady and I want to be just like that when I grow up.
The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer.
I've never yet met a man who could look after me. I don't need a husband. What I need is a wife.
The easiest way to convince my kids that they don't really need something is to get it for them.
On her guest starring role on Star Trek (1966): People still want to talk to me about that episode - some remember me more for that than anything else I've done. (Septmber/October 2006 Star Trek Magazine, Issue #1)
[on her character in The Bitch (1979)] She appears to have the world by the balls, but underneath she's trying to solve the problem of loneliness, which I think is the universal problem of all rich people.
Dynasty (1981) was the opportunity to take charge of my career rather than walking around like a library book waiting to be loaned out.
Even when you win the rat race, you're still a rat.
[on Italian film director Roberto Rossellini] Rossellini was a stubborn, opinionated genius who had total autonomy over all his productions.
[on George Peppard] He's arrogant -- the sort of man who expects women to fall at his feet at the slightest command; who throws his weight around. He gives the impression that he's the star, what he says goes and that nobody else is very important.
On success: Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll show you somebody who has never achieved much.
[on the death of longtime friend and former teacher, John Forsythe, who played Blake Carrington]: He was one of the last of the true gentlemen of the acting profession. I enjoyed our nine years of feuding, fussing and fighting as the Carringtons.
[on her experience of a real life haunting in Venice, Italy] There is no way I am staying another night in this palazzo.
[on James Dean] Intense, moody, incredible charisma. He was short, myopic, not good-looking in life, really. I drove with Jimmy in his new red Porsche once. We were pissed [drunk] and went down Sunset and I was scared. He had the windows open, the music up, driving really fast. He died in that same Porsche two or three months later. You know who he was like? A young, better-looking Woody Allen, in a way. He had those same qualities of shyness, uncertainty and insecurity.
The compartment that's easy to put me in is "freethinking, sexy broad with a dirty mouth, who pretty much does what she wants". But there's more to me than that.
My father is Jewish and I look exactly like him... My mother is British, but she's of French extraction.

Salary (3)

Island in the Sun (1957) $1,250 a week
Dynasty (1981) $120,000 an episode
Sins (1986) $1,000,000

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