An Evening With Dame Joan Collins

An Evening With Dame Joan Collins
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Friday, January 31, 2014

PRESS UPDATE! RADIO TIMES.. JANUARY 31ST 2014 ..



She may be Hollywood royalty but classy Joan is a big fan of ITV’s bawdy sitcom, say the Solana regulars


Benidorm Diary: Joan Collins guest-stars in the final episode

Written By
Patrick Mulkern


 For several years there’s been talk of Joan Collins making a guest appearance – in fact, her involvement was one of the carrots dangled by ITV to coax the show’s creator Derren Litten into reviving Benidorm in 2012.
We’re now into series six, and it’s easy to look back over the past few years to spot roles that could have been set up for La Collins, had the filming dates suited.
In the final episode of Benidorm (ITV 13 February), Joan is playing Crystal Hennessy-Vass, "top dog" of the group that owns the Solana Resort. The irony of her character name won’t be lost on Joan’s legions of fans. When she played Alexis Carrington in Dynasty in the 1980s, Krystle was the name of her goody-two-shoes nemesis (played by Linda Evans).
She turns up at the resort with her chauffeur Elvis, one of many cameos that Derren Litten (right) has had over the years. Chain-smoking Crystal is none too pleased with the Solana’s track record under manageress Joyce Temple-Savage, played by Sherrie Hewson for the past two series.
Sherrie already knew Joan well; they have a lot of friends in common and have appeared together three times on Loose Women. “Whenever I’ve met Joan, she’d say, ‘Oh my God, I’m desperate to be in Benidorm!’ So I said I’d mention it...”
Joan’s arrival means that pushy Joyce Temple-Savage finally gets her come-uppance. “I didn’t know she was going to play my boss, which worked out beautifully. She’s the CEO of the company. She lays down the law and poor Joyce gets it in the neck. I get heavily put down.”
Jake Canuso (who plays randy barman Mateo) reveals that Joan Collins’s arrival meant that “the street had to be closed off. We had ten policeman, security guards.” Of all the Benidormregulars, she only features in scenes with him, Sherrie and Tim Healy, “so we felt very honoured.”
Jake loved working with her. “I get to insult her. Best moment of my life! To get to bitch toJoan Collins!” How did she take it? “She loved it. She was great. She’s such a good sport.” He was a bit wary at first, however. “It’s Joan Collins! At my age you’ve been brought up with her in Dynasty and you think she’s going to be a bitch, but she’s a good sport, very professional, very funny, witty, on it, old school. She tweeted about it and was very excited to be here.”
He says: “She’s a huge fan of the show. Jackie [Collins, her sister] got her into it – two or three years ago she got the DVDs over Christmas and they watched them all.”
Tim Healy (who plays transvestite barman Lesley) says: “I had a great scene with her, yeah. The first person she sees when she comes in the hotel is me, or the back of my head and of course I turn round and I start talking to her about putting me bras on a boil-wash… She was great fun and remarkable for her age.”
Joan was only on set for three days but, says Sherrie, “She’d love to come back. She had a wonderful time out here and loves the show.” Let's hope it's not the last we'll see of Crystal Hennessy-Vass...

The final episode of Benidorm airs Thursday 13 February, 9pm ITV


PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN ARRIVES FOR HER DEPARTURE IN STYLE!

 
Joan as chic as ever makes her way through LAX as she heads back to London to prepare for another successful run of 'One Night With Joan'. Before the press night at Leicester Square theatre, Joan will perform the show at legendary members club Annabel's in London for an exclusive engagement.. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

EVENT UPDATE : AN EVENING WITH JOAN COLLINS .. ANNABEL'S PRIVATE MEMBER CLUB... LONDON .. FEBRUARY 1ST 2014..


AN AUDIENCE WITH JOAN COLLINS

Saturday 1st February, Show, 7:00PM
We are delighted to welcome to the Club legendary film star Joan Collins for what promises to be a wonderfully entertaining talk about her life and career.
After making her screen debut in 1951’s Lady Godiva Rides Again, the Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominee has gone on to appear in more than 60 feature films and dozens of television series, perhaps most famously creating the role of Alexis Carrington in Dynasty. Now Members have an exclusive opportunity to spend an evening with this international icon. Reservations for the show, followed by a three-course dinner, are available at £175 per person.

PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN MAKES A MEAL OUT OF THIS SHOT!

This rare shot features Joan having a picnic with then husband Anthony Newley and kids Sacha and Tara...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : LUNCH IS FILLED WITH STYLE FOR JOAN!

Joan enjoyed a lovely lunch at the legendary Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel with friends stylist Rene Horsch and designer Mark Zunino.. Thanks to Rene for sharing..

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN & PERCY PARTY ALL NIGHT LONG!

Joan & Percy enjoy the classic sound of Lionel Richie at Clive Davis's Pre Grammy Party at The Beverly Hilton....

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : LUNCH OF THE CENTURY FOR THOSE FABULOUS CITY GIRLS!


Joan enjoyed lunch earlier at Century City in LA with Jackie and their good friend the always lovely Glynis Barber..

Friday, January 24, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : ENTERTAINING CHARACTERS AT JACKIES!

Joan enjoys a night at Jackie's with Jeffrey Lane. Hazel Collins & Leslie Bricusse.  Thanks to Jack Rich for sharing!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : IT'S CHOW TIME FOR JOAN!

 

Joan will be returning to London next week to prepare for another sell out season of 'One Night With Joan' at The Leicester Square Theatre in the West End.. In the meantime she enjoyed dinner at Mr Chow in Hollywood on Tuesday evening...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : THE ORIGINAL BRIT GIRLS!

                                                                                    This fabulous photo of Joan & Jackie from the 80's when they were both the toasts of Hollywood.. Joan starring on Dynasty and Jackie top of the bestseller list with Hollywood Wives...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN'S ON A REQUEST FOR REVENGE!

This promo shot from 1970 was from a shoot to promote 'Revenge' and 'Quest For Love' which Joan made back to back for Rank.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN'S IN A NEW ZEALAND STATE OF MIND!

Joan looks wonderfully relaxed in this shot taken for New Zealand's Woman's Weekly when she was shooting the family comedy 'Ozzie'...

Saturday, January 18, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN EDITS A FASHION ICON!

Joan is seen here with Valentino in this shot taken for Marie Claire magazine, Joan also interviewed Valentino for the issue, which she was also guest editor.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN DINES THEN SIGNS. OUT IN HOLLYWOOD!

Joan enjoyed dinner at one of her favourite Hollywood eateries on Tuesday night when she met up with good friend Shirley McLaine. Whilst leaving the restaurant Joan took time to sign for fans..

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN AND PAULINE LOOK FORWARD TO THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES!

As Joan will be starring with Pauline Collins in an exciting new film to be shot in the Summer called 'Time of Their Lives', here is a scene from the fun episode of 'Tales of the Unexpected' called 'A Girl Cant Always Have Everything'....

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

PROMO UPDATE : WOMAN'S WAY ... JANUARY 20TH 2014 ..

Joan features in a two page interview in the current issue of top Irish weekly 'Woman's Way' on sale now!

PHOTO OF THE DAY : A GOLDEN GLOBES MOMENT FOR A GOLDEN GROUP!

Joan enjoyed viewing the Golden Globes ceremony with Jackie and good friends Arnold Stiefel and Alana Stewart.. Thanks to Alana for sharing this shot!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

EVENT UPDATE : BAFTA LA TEA PARTY .... THE FOUR SEASONS ... JANUARY 11TH 2014 ..

 
Joan attended the annual Bafta Tea Party at The Four Seasons in Hollywood yesterday, also in attendance were Jane Seymour and Jacqueline Bisset.
Joan with Jacqueline Bisset

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: JOAN TURNS HEADS IN RAVISHING RED!

This super chic shot from 1983 is from a shoot for Prevue magazine..

Friday, January 10, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : THE DRAMA COMES FULL CIRCLE FOR JOAN!

This still features Joan in a dramatic moment from the play 'Full Circle' with co-star Gary Raymond from 2004...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN IS ALREADY FOR A SHOOT!

As the weather is chillingly cold thought this super shot of Joan looking furringly fabulous in this scene from the German drama 'Verbotene Liebe'

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN'S NEVER FAR FROM ST TROPEZ IN THIS STYLE!

Joan looks stunning in this style called 'St Tropez' from her new line of wigs called 'The Joan Collins Dynasty Collection'. This style was recently featured on The Graham Norton Show, modelled by Graham!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : IT'S A GREAT ADVENTURE FOR JOAN UP NORTH!


I have featured this photo before, however have been asked to feature a pic from 'The Great Adventure', so decided to repost this shot of Joan as Saloon owner / showgirl Sonia...

EVENT REMINDER : ONE NIGHT WITH JOAN.. LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE .. FEBRUARY 2ND TO 9TH 2014..

Don't forget to book your tickets for the most glamorous show of the season this February 2nd to 9th at London's Leicester Square Theatre.. Click the following link to book!
http://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873504792/events

Monday, January 6, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN THE BELLE OF THE BALL!

This pic from Oct 2013 features Joan attending The Stephen Lawrence Legacy Ball at The Dorchester, seen here with Baroness Doreen Lawrence...

Sunday, January 5, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : JOAN EXHIBITS GREAT FACE!

This stunning shot of Joan from 1952 is by legendary photographer Cornel Lucas and was a promo for 'Turn The Key Softly' ... This shot is also used on the flyer for the upcoming exhibition of his work at the National Theatre from 17th Feb to 29th March at Lyttelton Exhibition Area..

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014

PHOTO OF THE DAY : WHEN IT COMES TO HER FRIENDS SECRETS... JOAN TAKES A RELAXED STANCE!


Joan in a relaxed pose at her Los Angeles apartment in this rare shot taken for her best seller 'My Friend's Secrets' ....

Thursday, January 2, 2014

PRESS UPDATE : THE EXPRESS .. JANUARY 1ST 2014 ....



The wartime childhood and Hollywood high life of super stylish Joan and Jackie Collins

BETWEEN them the fabulous Collins sisters have clocked up a century in acting and writing. The elder has more than 50 Hollywood films to her credit and her face is just as familiar on the small screen, while the younger can boast worldwide novel sales of more than 500 million.




 Joan left and Jackie together on last night s Graham Norton ShowJoan, left, and Jackie together on last night’s Graham Norton Show [PA]
BETWEEN them the fabulous Collins sisters have clocked up a century in acting and writing. The elder has more than 50 Hollywood films to her credit and her face is just as familiar on the small screen, while the younger can boast worldwide novel sales of more than 500 million.
Today it's almost impossible to say whether Joan or Jackie Collins shines more brightly and they have deservedly become national treasures.
There's a happy equilibrium between the pair, which was obvious when they appeared last night on the Graham Norton Show. Joan and Jackie also showed that they've lost none of their trademark glamour.
Remarkably during all their years at the top it was the first time they've chatted together on a British show. Amid all the frivolity and banter the host couldn't resist asking the sisters why they were so rarely seen together.
"We're not a double act," replied Joan.
It was a throwaway remark which underpins how the sisters have achieved stardom in their own ways.
Yet when Joan and Jackie set out from London in the 1950s to seek fame and fortune as Hollywood actresses it seemed they were destined to take identical career paths.
It was a route which at one stage resulted in their relationship suffering from sibling rivalry and ever since has forced them to refute claims that they don't get on.
Joan and Jackie were born into a showbusiness family. Their mother Elsa was a dance teacher while their father Joseph was a theatrical agent. Joan made her acting debut when she was nine and was signed by the J Arthur Rank film company when she was still in her teens. Before she was 20 she'd appeared in her first Hollywood movie Land Of The Pharaohs.
Jackie initially wanted to be a journalist but was soon following her sister into acting and across the Atlantic to Hollywood where they shared a flat. Jackie's tiny waist and pneumatic breasts caught the attention of Marlon Brando and there was a brief fling.
Joan became established but Jackie quickly realised there wasn't room for two members of the Collins family on the block. In desperation she even tried changing her surname to Douglas then Curtis but to no avail. Their father once recalled: "Jackie had the right attributes - good looks, a superb figure and acting talent too. But throughout her acting career she was always tagged 'Joan Collins's younger sister'."
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You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family. I love my sister but I'm not as close to her as I used to be. I don't think she was thrilled when I started writing
Joan Collins
While Joan's star continued to rise, making her a pin-up in the US and Britain, Jackie lasted just 11 months in Los Angeles before returning home. She limped along for a while with a few B-movie parts before reluctantly deciding to call time on her fledgling acting career.
Jackie could have spent the rest of her life cursing her misfortune to have been born second but instead put her time in Hollywood - and more importantly the outrageous characters and behaviour she had witnessed - to good use.
Her first novel The World Is Full Of Married Men was published in 1968. The book ensured that Jackie would no longer have to worry about being overshadowed by her sister.
Romance writer Barbara Cartland called it "nasty, filthy and disgusting" and the novel was banned in several countries.
Even Jackie's father found its racy content too much but readers loved it and demanded more of the same. The bonkbuster was born and her follow-up The Stud was also a best-seller. During this period Jackie also married twice and gave birth to her three children.
Meanwhile Joan, who was hyped as Britain's answer to Elizabeth Taylor in her early days, continued to be popular throughout the 1960s. In addition to her film roles the growth of television boosted her career and she went on to star in series including Mission: Impossible and The Virginian.
NOTHING it seemed could halt the march of the Collins sisters. Their relationship, which had been tested by their different experiences of acting, was also back on track.
However in the 1970s Joan's film career stalled and it was Jackie who came to the rescue when the sisters collaborated on a screen version of her second novel. Joan was cast as a nymphomaniac jet-setter and the film was produced by their husbands Ron Kass and Oscar Lerman. It was never going to win any Oscars but the success of The Stud helped revive Joan's career and paved the way for her to play Alexis Carrington in 1980s hit US soap Dynasty.
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Perhaps it was that streak which prompted Joan, buoyed by acclaim for her biography Past Imperfect, to publish a debut novel. She received a £1.5million advance for Prime Time which strayed into Jackie territory with its saucy content.
When Jackie protested that Joan was stepping on her toes Joan replied: "Come off it. You started your career acting when I was already doing it so why shouldn't I have a bash at a bestseller?" Jackie's agent Morton Janklow admitted there had been "flareups" between the sisters, although both continued to deny publicly that there was any rift. "We're not in each other's pockets but we're good friends," said Jackie at the time. "We're not the kind of sisters who call each other every day but she knows I'm there for her."
However Joan later admitted they had drifted apart during this period, adding: "You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family. I love my sister but I'm not as close to her as I used to be. I don't think she was thrilled when I started writing."
There was also the not insignificant matter of five marriages for Joan, which no doubt proved a distraction from family ties. Yet both eventually came to realise they should take pleasure from one another's successes and not resent it, even if the inevitable ups and downs don't happen to coincide. Over time there was also a recognition that the longevity of their chosen careers was a cause for celebration.
Both are driven by a steely determination and fortunately for their many fans neither is showing any sign of taking things easy.
"What is retiring?" Joan quipped recently. She says her motto is to be content with your lot in life.
Finding time to spend together and happening to be in the same country is the issue these days for the sisters, rather than a lack of desire.
Joan, who also has three children, continues to be in demand for film, theatre and television work, including commercials. Despite a protracted legal battle with one publisher she also still writes fiction. In the world of novels at least there appears to be room for both Collinses.
Joan has recently agreed to play a former Hollywood sex symbol who escapes her retirement home in London for a Thelma & Louise-style adventure with a bored housewife.
Her sister is just as busy, penning eight best-sellers between 2000 and 2010, her most successful decade so far. In November Jackie again followed her sister, who was honoured in 1997, in receiving an OBE from the Queen. At the ceremony at Buckingham Palace there was no one more proud than her big sister.