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Sunday, August 30, 2015

PRESS UPDATE : THE SUNDAY MIRROR .. NOTEBOOK MAGAZINE .. AUGUST 30TH 2015 .

Joan Collins: "I look at my old Dynasty shots and think 'Wow, girl' - but I'm fighting ageing all the way"

Actress, legend, diva (in a good way) – the truly amazing Joan Collins, wows us and talks beauty, style, age and love....

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Joan reveals the secrets to her flawless skin
Make no mistake, Notebook magazine is in the presence of a genuine superstar today. Well, almost in the presence.
We’re shooting with screen legend (and all-time Notebook lady crush) Dame Joan Collins, who’s commandeered a suite at Claridge’s hotel for the occasion.
Only thing is, we’re stuck in the hallway because Joan doesn’t like being scrutinised while she’s posing for the cameras.
She’s certainly a lady who knows how she likes things done. Her team has already explained we must address her as "Miss Collins" until she invites us onto first name terms, and warned that she "doesn’t do" handshakes.
Part of us is wondering who we’re actually interviewing today: Dame Joan or Dynasty’s Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan...
Once the shoot has wrapped, though, and the woman herself has patted us onto the seat beside her, the lines between fiction and reality become clear.
Joan is a delight: as sharp and pointed as her beloved Jimmy Choos, yes, but also warm, open and wickedly funny. It’s all we can do to stop ourselves falling to the floor, bowing "We. Are. Not. Worthy."
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Joan as Alexis in Dynasty
And since you’re wondering (we know you are because we were), in the flesh La Collins looks... awesome. She’s just got THOSE cheekbones basically. You don’t need surgery when you’ve got the ultimate coathanger for your face.
A beauty regime she calls "absolutely scrupulous" doesn’t hurt either. Speaking of which, Joan’s here modelling her aptly named Timeless Beauty make-up and skin range and there’s no mistaking her passion for it.
When she spots we’re wearing her gold eyeshadow and Lady Joan nail lacquer,
she’s visibly delighted.
In fact, as we say our goodbyes, we’re gobsmacked and honoured when she – OH GOD! – shakes our hand. Must have been the nail polish that swung it.
You have amazing skin, what’s your secret?
I never put my face in the sun. I see all the time how staggeringly bad that is. I love being in the sun though. I’ve decided I don’t care about it on my body but I do on my face.
So I’m tanned everywhere except my face which is white as a sheet. I put on several coats of my First Base foundation to match my body. Then I wear SPF, moisturiser, sunglasses and a hat.
You look young, do you feel young too?
I really do. I have girlfriends who say "I’ve fallen, I’ve put my shoulder out" and [looks around room] now where is the wood? Ah yes, well, touch wood I’ve not had that. I do believe a lot of it has to do with the fact my mother made us eat healthily. We had things like cod liver oil and had to eat all our greens.
I started exercising from the age of three and I haven’t stopped moving since. I feel no different inside from when I was 40. Maybe one day I’ll wake up and feel different but I don’t. I don’t want to.
When do you think you looked your best?
During Dynasty. I look at some of those shots and think, Wow, girl. You were good-looking.
That’s when you posed for Playboy isn’t it?
Who didn’t? If you’ve got it flaunt it. I was 49 and said, I won’t be doing any more, this is it.
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Posing for Playboy magazine in 1984
What’s your attitude towards ageing – are we too obsessed about staying young?
People are only obsessed with women ageing. I have no idea how old David Cameron is because I never see his age in the paper. You ask anybody how old I am and they will be able to tell you because every time they print my name they print a number after it. A number I never say.
Ageing is inevitable but you can fight it all the way. I don’t want to fight it with Botox, fillers or facelifts, they make people look silly, I fight it by taking scrupulous care of my skin.
What do you use?
Only my own brand. It’s my ethos: pure, not tested on animals. From my time in the business I know the best ingredients to include.
How do you want a woman to feel when she wears your beauty range?
Much more attractive. It’s all about making the best of yourself. When women say to me, "But we don’t have time" I say [scornful], "Hello there? Are you watching Jeremy Kyle in the morning instead of trying something to make your face look better?" It is easy.
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Dame Shirley Bassey, Joan and Cilla Black in 2004
As the ultimate 80s style icon, how do you feel about the 80s being a big trend again?
Alexis looked fabulous… the 80s were incredibly stylish. Maybe sometimes there was a little too much hair and [whispers] maybe a few too many shoulder pads, but basically it was wonderful. There is no style now.
How would you describe your own style?
I don’t go designer shopping, it’s a waste of money. Couture clothes are a complete, well, I won’t say disgrace, but to spend £20,000 on a dress is obscene. I know what I like and I have a lot of things made because they don’t exist in the shops.
I have a fabulous dressmaker. In fact I gave her details to my great friend Cilla after she said [adopts a Liverpudlian accent], "I like your clothes, chuck". I’ll miss her.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about you?
That I’m like Alexis. I don’t think I am. I might have parts of her, I don’t suffer fools gladly.
We’re just glad you’re not scary like her.
Oh, I can be! Actually, I wouldn’t say it’s about being scary. You wouldn’t say that about a man who put his foot down and said, "I don’t like the way this is done." If you’re a woman saying that, they will stick the adjective ‘scary’, ‘bitchy’, or ‘diva’ in front of your name, unfortunately.
Are you a feminist?
Absolutely. To me, feminism means a woman can do anything a man can do, except physically and that is where I draw the line. I am not about to change a light bulb. I do put the rubbish outside sometimes, though. Not taking the bins out, no. But the wastepaper baskets, yes.
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Joan with husband Percy Gibson
You’ve been divorced four times and are now happily married to Percy. What’s your secret?
It has to be about friendship. With the others I went in on the crest of a wild attraction. But then, you know, my husband is very attractive too. You need both.
A happy marriage is about being best friends, being able to speak your mind. And having separate bathrooms. I know most people can’t afford separate bathrooms, I am saying that slightly ironically. But in an ideal world… Don’t you HATE having to put the toilet seat back down?
You need a self-closing seat…
(Astonished) A self-closing seat? Really? I’ve never seen one of those. I’ve had the same toilet for the past 20 years. Well next time I can afford to redo my bathroom I will get a self-closing toilet seat.
What’s your exercise and diet regime like?
I’m into the importance of eating properly so I eat a lot of avocado, raw spinach, broccoli. My exercise regime for the past two months has been swimming at my home in the South of France.
I try to do 30 laps a day, and 15 minutes of floor work three times a week. All things to do with toning up. I’ve done quite a good job on my legs but my middle part has fallen to bits thanks to my Mediterranean diet.
Isn’t that meant to be healthy?
Well not our Mediterranean diet which involves a bottle of rosé wine every night! Who can say no to it? Our chef brings out croissants every morning. I say "PLEASE, I don’t want croissants." But oh, how can you resist a croissant when you’re in France?
Joan with sister Jackie
Dynasty took you to a new level of fame. When did you know you’d become
an icon?
When I saw the headline in The Mirror: Sophisticated Lady Joan set to beat Larry Hagman as JR (in Dallas).
How do the pressures of finding fame today compare with when you were starting out?
How dare somebody say, "I just want to be famous"? You have to WORK! I never wanted to be famous. I still don’t care if I’m famous or not. I just wanted to be a good actress and support myself as an actress. Which I have done for a long, long time.
Your career has spanned over 50 years, what drives you on?
I need to work, darling. I have three children and three grandchildren to support. I have a lifestyle I figure I’ve earned, I don’t get royalties from Dynasty, so I continue to work.
Plus, I love it. I have my beauty line and I have a book coming out called The St Tropez Lonely Hearts Club.
Does it involve a lot of rosé?
[Laughs uproariously] Why yes! And a lot of cheating and murders. It sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? And it is! It’s a slice of St Tropez life. But not my St Tropez life. Apart from the rosé.
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty is now in store at Urban Retreat, from QVC andjoancollinsbeauty.com. Joan’s new book, The St Tropez Lonely Hearts Club, is out in November (Little, Brown).
Mirror Online readers can get a 10% discount off Joan Collins Timeless Beautyproducts by quoting code Mirror10 on all orders up to 9 September

PRESS UPDATE : THE SUNDAY MIRROR .. AUGUST 30TH 2015

Joan Collins picks her 5 favourite products from her Timeless Beauty range


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Joan wearing her beauty range

Joan Collins learned all her beauty skills when she went to Hollywood, aged 19, from Marilyn Monroe's legendary make-up man, and she famously did her own make-up on Dynasty.
We're surprised she's not been asked to do a beauty range before.
"Me too!" she exclaims, "Percy would always say 'Oh there's so and so doing an advert for such and such, and you look much better than she does."
She drops her voice to a low purr: "My husband is very loyal."
Here are Joan's top five picks from her Timeless beauty range:

1. I Am Woman fragrance, £50


Joan Collins Perfume

"I’m very proud of my I Am Woman fragrance. I wanted it to have a real presence without being overpowering and I personally sampled 50 blends before I was happy"

2. Superlift Eye Serum, £35


Joan Collins Eye Serum

"All my products have anti-ageing properties which is incredibly important. One of my favourites is Superlift Eye Serum, which I use before makeup and to touch up during the day. Eye lift in a bottle I call it!"

3. First Base foundation, £25


Joan Collins Foundation

"My ethos of caring for my skin runs through into the makeup too. For instance the First Base foundation, has SPF and hyaluronic acid for anti-ageing."

4. Lady Joan Divine Lips Lipstick, £18


Joan Collins Lipstick

"Everybody loves the Lady Joan Divine Lips Lipstick. I’m going to try to get (Joan’s Royals co-star) Elizabeth Hurley onto it even though she always wears a nude."

5. Class Act Lash Treatment Gel, £20


Joan Collins Lash Treatment

"A few months ago I pulled out a bunch of eyelashes and then I started using the Class Act Lash Treatment Gel, and they’ve all grown back."
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty is now in store at Urban Retreat, from QVC andjoancollinsbeauty.com. Joan’s new book, The St Tropez Lonely Hearts Club, is out in November (Little, Brown).
Mirror Online readers can get a 10% discount off Joan Collins Timeless Beautyproducts by quoting code Mirror10 on all orders up to 9 September.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

PRESS ALERT : THE SUNDAY MIRROR .. NOTEBOOK MAGAZINE .. SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST 2015

Check out this weeks's 'The Sunday Mirror' newspaper as it's magazine supplement 'Notebook' features an exclusive new interviews with Joan and this sensational cover! Don't dare miss it!

ON THE COVER : APRIL 1987 ...

Joan earns her stripes in the fitness stakes on this cover from 'Woman' magazine from 1987 ..

Friday, August 28, 2015

ON THE COVER : YOU MAGAZINE .. SEPTEMBER 1988 ..

Joan is all geared up for her next novel on this cover for 'You Magazine' in 1988 as her 1st novel 'Prime Time' was published.. Watch out soon for Joan's latest novel, 'The St Tropez Lonely Hearts Club' coming in November! Watch this space for updates!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PHOTO UPDATE : PATRICK FINDS ONLY THE WELL HEELED ON THE ROYALS!


Shoe Designer Patrick Cox paid a visit to the set of 'The Royals' to see his good friend Elizabeth Hurley and he also spent some time with Joan.. Here is a super shot of them both backstage...

ON THE COVER : WEEKEND .. MAY 1957 ..

This vintage magazine is from 1957 featuring a stunning shot of Joan..

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PHOTO FLASHBACK : JOAN'S THE GIRL WHOSE GOT THAT SWING!

Joan gets into the swing of things on this promo photo for the 1955 Fox release 'The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing'..

ON THE COVER : LEAR'S .. SEPTEMBER 1991 .,

Joan's a vision in red on the cover of 'Lear's' magazine in 1991.. She was appearing in 'Private Lives' on Broadway at the time..

Monday, August 24, 2015

PHOTO UPDATE : JOAN'S A RIGHT ROYAL GOLD STAR GUEST!


Joan wrapped another episode of 'The Royals' in time to enjoy the weekend.. Here with co-star Elizabeth Hurley... 'The Royals' returns to E! Channel in November...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

PRESS UPDATE : AN UNFORGETTABLE MOVIE STARRING UNFORGETTABLE LEGENDS!

Karen with Joan & Tippi
Los Angeles: “Unforgettable”, a film with an ensemble cast of veterans like Franco Nero, Joan Collins, Marisa Berenson, and Tippi Hedren along with Indian actress Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, will be shot in Jodhpur, India, next year. The film's American producer Karen G. Cadle says the movie will have an old-world vibe with an Indian overtone.
Cadle also noted that the mysterious, exotic and economical attributes made India a sought after shooting destination for her.
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“We are shooting in Jodhpur. We have looked at the location and it is perfect. The shoot will start in January or February (2016) when the weather becomes pleasant. It will be shot in a heritage hotel, which will actually be the home of my male lead," Cadle told IANS at the D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim here.
Realising that "there aren't enough projects in the world for older actors", Cadle wrote the script for the English language film "Unforgettable".
Elaborating, she said: "The film will have an old movie vibe with Indian overtones. We picked India as we wanted someplace romantic, beautiful, a little mysterious, exotic and financially viable.”
She especially loves “the colours of India” and hopes that the film brings the country to the forefront a la Hollywood film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, which revolves around a group of retired people who come to India on a trip and get charmed by its rustic yet lively nature. 
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwa
“I hope our film does for India what ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ did as that film really brought India under a new light. I want my film to do the same for India,” Cadle said. 
"Unforgettable" is co-produced by Cadle along with Tantric Productions in Madrid, Spain. 
She says the script has been tailored to be shot in India.
“I rewrote the script for India. It was originally set in Italy, but it turned out that it will work out better if we shoot in India, so I had to rewrite the whole script,” she said. 
The cast is impressive too.
Joan with Marisa in Sins
Nero, known for “Django” and “Letters to Juliet”; Collins, best remembered for “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas” and “The Bravados”; Berenson, credited for “Cabaret” and “Death in Venice”; and Hedren, best known for Alfred Hitchcock's “The Birds” will share the screen space in a movie which Cadle notes will run high on “comedy, drama and emotional” quotient. 
The film is about an old filmmaker, who was once hugely popular in the US, but who fell on bad luck and had to leave the place after losing his fortune. He heads to India as his mother was an Indian and father an Italian.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

PRESS UPDATE : BRIDAL; BEAUTY BUZZ .. TIMELESS BEAUTY ... AUGUST 20TH 2015 ..

My new role as Joan Timeless Beauty Brand Ambassador & QVC TV Guest Presenter

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I am delighted to share with you my exciting news, that I have been appointment as Brand Ambassador & QVC TV Guest Presenter for Joan Collins Timeless Beauty.
This is an incredible range of makeup and skincare, created by a true Hollywood icon, Dame Joan Collins.
Along with makeup artist Alyn Waterman, you will regularly see my presenting the brand on QVC UK – my first live show was last night and it was such an exciting experience to appear on live TV and represent such an amazing brand! The highlight of the show was receiving a live phone call from Dame Joan Collins herself, congratulation Alyn and myself on our new roles ad Brand Ambassadors for her brand.
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About the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty range:
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty is a new international luxury beauty brand, created by one of the most glamorous icons of our time.  It aims not just to inspire women, but to provide them with the tools to feel and be beautiful at any age.
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Joan Collins is many things: author, actress, mother and beauty expert, but above all Joan is a woman.  A strong woman who is always beautiful, chic and full of energy with a charisma that has turned her into an international star.
When young and already making waves in Hollywood, Joan worked with some of the greatest beauty experts in cinema, and it was here that her passion for beauty was born.  Spending time with these masters of the screen, Joan began to learn the valuable beauty secrets and tricks of the trade that normally remain behind closed doors.
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Over the years, she has continued to build upon this knowledge and with her habitual attention to detail, has gathered tips and information, not just from the beauty experts, but also from her wide group of friends, many of whom are stars in their own right.
Now finally, she has delved into her treasure trove of beauty knowledge to create a new line of beauty products with the aim of sharing her experience with us all and allow each woman to obtain what she dreams of: Timeless Beauty.
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Joan Collins Timeless Beauty comprises three different categories: Skin Care, Cosmetics and Fragrance. In each of these categories the high quality products are presented in a striking, luxurious packaging inspired by Hollywood glamour and Joan’s love of Art Deco.
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Look beyond the appealing presentation and it becomes evident that behind the gloss and sophistication of the luxurious collection, there lie the solid foundations of a serious beauty brand.  The investment into meticulous scientific research for the development of every product and the ongoing use of cutting-edge, effective, multi-active ingredients are important cornerstones put in place to ensure that Joan Collins Timeless Beauty maintains its promises as it moves forward into the future.
I look forward to sharing with you all my news, events and QVC TV shows with Joan Collins Timeless Beauty!
Sarah x

PHOTO FLASHBACK : IT WAS NOT JUST THE SHOOT THAT WAS WRAPPED IN TOKYO!

Joan accepts a gift with co-stars Robert Wagner & Ken Scott as they wrap filming on the 1957 thriller 'Stopover Tokyo'...

Friday, August 21, 2015

ON THE COVER : NEUE WELT .. OCTOBER 1984 ..

Joan models a necklace from her 80's jewellery line on this cover for 'Neue Welt' in 1984 ..

PHOTO UPDATE : FAREWELL CILLA ... AUGUST 20TH 2015 ..

The Legendary, Lovely Cilla Black was laid to rest in her hometown of Liverpool with good friends Cliff Richard, Christopher Biggins, Jimmy Tarbuck, Tom Jones & Paul O'Grady all in attendance.. Due to her busy schedule Joan could not attend but sent flowers to commemorate her good friend.. Goodbye Cilla we will miss you..

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

ON THE COVER : BILD + FUNK .. JANUARY 1987 ..

Joan puckers up to John Forsythe on this cover for German magazine 'Bild + Funk' from January 1987..

EVENT FLASHBACK : LOVE. DESIRE & HATE BOOK SIGNING .. BRENTANO'S CENTURY CITY . LOS ANGELES .. 1991..

Joan attends a book signing at Brentano's Century City Los Angeles for her novel 'Love, Desire & Hate' in 1991...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

ON THE COVER : STAR ENQUIRER .. OCTOBER 1984 ..

This cover for Australian 'Star Enquirer' from October 1984 see's Joan team up with David Hasselhoff for the tv movie 'The Cartier Affair'...

PHOTO FLASHBACK : JOAN FINDS STEVEN DECADENT COMPANY!


Joan teams up with Steven Berkoff in this still from the 1993 black comedy drama 'Decadence'...

Friday, August 14, 2015

EVENT ALERT : AN EVENING WITH JOAN COLLINS AT HARRODS URBAN RETREAT! SEPTEMBER 10TH 2015 ..

An Evening with Joan Collins

10 September, 2015 / 17:00 - 21:00

Urban Retreat at Harrods

An Evening with Joan Collins
For one evening only, Urban Retreat brings you a very special, once in a lifetime opportunity to spend an evening with Dame Joan Collins for a one to one bespoke makeover in celebration of Who’s Your Hero and the launch of the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Make-Up Collection.

Miss Collins, a true icon and hero in her own right, will be sharing her personal beauty expertise with you, before you enjoy a makeover by one of her personal make-up artists; a manicure and blow dry from an Urban Retreat expert, PLUS you will also receive a bespoke collection of the Timeless Beauty range. This experience also includes some personal time with Miss Collins at the end of your make-over.

Ticket price: £1,500
When: Thursday 10th September
Where: The Make-Up Salon, Urban Retreat at Harrods

Available Appointments:
5pm-7pm
5:15pm-7:15pm
6pm-8pm
6:15pm-8:15pm

To book your ticket please call 0207 893 8333 or speak to a member of the Customer Service & Guest Experience team in store.

Cancellations and Deposits
If you need to cancel your appointment, you must do so at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. This event requires a 50% deposit at the time of booking. If an appointment is cancelled without the minimum 24 hours’ notice, the deposit becomes non-refundable. Deposits are fully refundable where a cancellation takes place more than 24 hours before the scheduled appointment. Please refer to www.urbanretreat.co.uk for full details regarding your visit to Urban Retreat.



To book call: +44 (0)20 7893 8333
Please note our reservation lines are open from 9am - 8pm Monday - Saturday

ON RELEASE : MOLLY MOON AND THE INCREDIBLE BOOK OF HYPNOTISM .. AUGUST 14TH 2015..


Joan is all geared up for the release of 'Molly Moon' in selected USA cities today and on VOD! 
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