An Evening With Dame Joan Collins

An Evening With Dame Joan Collins
Dubai Opera December 12th 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

FILM FLASHBACK : DECAMERON NIGHTS .. 1953 RKO ..

Joan played a dual role in this 1953 release which was her first international film, with a super cast including Joan Fontaine & Louis Jourdan. In the film Joan plays the roles of Pampinea & Maria.. Read more on this release in my film archive here!
50's Focus : Decameron Nights

FILM FLASHBACK : I BELIEVE IN YOU .. 1952 ..

Joan's first major part was in this 1952 release 'I Believe In You' where she played another wayward girl, Norma Hart. To read more about this film, see my archive post here!
50'S Focus - I BELIEVE IN YOU

Monday, May 29, 2017

PRESS UPDATE : GET SURREY .. MAY 29TH 2017 ..

Simon Cowell helps children from Surrey hospices 'feel like celebrities' at star-studded event

Youngsters and their families supported by Shooting Star Chase were invited to meet celebrities at The Dorchester in London.
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Joan with Macauley at The Dorchester
Sick youngsters from Surrey were treated to a star-studded day out on Friday (May 26) by music mogul Simon Cowell .
As well as being a judge on television shows The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent , Mr Cowell is also vice-president of charity Shooting Star Chase.
He invited 12 children and their families supported by the charity , at its hospices in Guildford andHampton , to visit The Dorchester Hotel in London for afternoon tea.
During their visit, the children enjoyed afternoon tea in the hotel’s exclusive Gold Room and helped themselves to goodies from a pick and mix sweet cart.
They were also treated to a performance by Britain’s Got Talent star Connie Talbot, who sang an acoustic version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
Mr Cowell has supported Shooting Star Chase since 2003. He became vice-president of the charity in 2015 at the same time his partner, Lauren Silverman, became a patron.
Joan with Karen Sugarman
“It’s a tribute to the children and their families, as well as Shooting Star Chase, that this is such an uplifting and unique event for everyone lucky enough to attend,” he said.
Karen Sugarman, director of fundraising for Shooting Star Chase, said: “It was a wonderful afternoon and we can’t thank Simon, Lauren and The Dorchester enough.
“Thanks to our celebrity friends for making each supported family feel really special.
Caleb and his mother Faye share a joke with Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman 

FILM FLASHBACK : JUDGMENT DEFERRED .. 1952 ..

Joan had a more substantial role in this crime drama from 1952 in which she played the wayward Lil Carter.. Read more about it here!
50's Focus - JUDGMENT DEFERRED  

Sunday, May 28, 2017

FILM FLASHBACK : THE WOMAN'S ANGLE .. 1952 .

Joan's second film appearance from 1952 gave her a few minutes screen time as a Greek maid named Marina.. Read a little more about this film in my film archive post at the following link!
50's Focus The Woman's Angle

Saturday, May 27, 2017

FILM FLASHBACK : LADY GODIVA RIDES AGAIN .. 1951 ..

Here is a look at the poster and images from Joan's first film appearance in the 1951 British release 'Lady Godiva Rides Again' which was called 'Bikini Baby' in the USA.. The film also featured Diana Dors. Check out my archive feature on the film here!
50'S Focus - Lady Godiva Rides Again..

Friday, May 26, 2017

EVENT UPDATE : THE SHOOTING STAR CHASE SUMMER LUNCHEON.. THE DORCHESTER LONDON.. MAY 26TH 2017 ..

Joan attended the Annual Summer lunch for Shooting Star Chase at The Dorchester earlier, always making an appearance were Simon Cowell, Arlene Philips and Julian Clary..
Joan with Shooting Star's Karen Sugarman

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

PHOTO UPDATE : THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW .. MAY 22ND 2017 ..

As the sun was shining today, Joan visited the always spectacular Chelsea Flower Show this morning, to peruse the exhibitions.. This special VIP viewing was also attended by Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, with The Queen visiting in the afternoon..

Saturday, May 20, 2017

PRESS UPDATE : THE SUNDAY POST .. MAY 21ST 2017

Sunday Post



Joan Collins says she’s still having the time of her life!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

PHOTO UPDATE : JOAN'S IN THE FRAME FOR A FRAGRANT LUNCH!

It was a stylish lunch for Joan as she met up with friends photographer Mario Testino and perfumer Roja Dove at The Wolseley..

PHOTO UPDATE : LUNCHING IS ALWAYS FASHIONABLE FOR JOAN!

Joan had a wonderful lunch at Colbert's, catching up with old friend designer Bruce Oldfield.. No doubt chatting about all the glamour of the 80's.

ON THE COVER : THE WEEKLY NEWS MAY 17TH 2017

Joan features on the cover of the latest issue of UK paper 'The Weekly News' which is out now!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TV UPDATE : GOOD MORNING BRITAIN .. ITV1 MAY 16TH 2017 ..

Joan with Piers & Susanna
Joan made an appearance on Good Morning Britain to remember the much missed Jackie Collins, whose collection of wonderful jewellry and art works go under the hammer at Bonhams in Los Angeles on May 16th & 17th.. Check out the unmissable items from the Legendary Jackie here.. 
Jackie Collins - A Life In Chapters!


PRESS UPDATE : THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR .. MAY 16TH 2017 ..


Jackie with Rory, Tiffany & Tracey

Late Jackie Collins held on for sick daughter


Jackie Collins' daughter Rory Green believes that her mother was determined to live long enough to know that she had been given the all-clear from breast cancer.
The English romance novelist passed away in September 2015 at the age of 77 from the same disease her youngest child Rory had been battling.
Jackie - the sister of actress Joan Collins - had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer six years earlier, but Rory's own tumor was operable and she is certain her mum clung on to life until Rory had been told she was cancer-free.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Rory said: "Mum waited to know I was in the clear before dying. It was as though she couldn't really let go until she'd had that confirmed."
One of Jackie's dying wishes was that her beloved possessions were auctioned off for charity.
Most of the contents of her Beverly Hills house - which fetched $21 million last year - are being sold at an auction which begins at Bonham's in Los Angeles on Tuesday (16.05.17), and include her extensive jewelry collection, the highlight being a pear-shaped diamond and platinum ring, statues, artworks and her champagne colored 2002 Jaguar XKR car.
Rory, insists she and her two sisters, Tiffany and Tracy are not saddened to see their mother's treasured possessions sold.
Rory - who, along with Tiffany, are Jackie's offspring with her second husband Oscar Lerman, while Tracy's father is the writer's late first spouse Wallace Austin - explained: "Actually, it's not heartbreaking for us. We rather love the idea of her energy being dispersed. And mum did request the action herself."
And Rory has revealed that her mother - who was an avid collector of jewelry - wanted all the money raised to help empower women.
Rory said: "She wanted all these things that she loved to have a new lease of life elsewhere, and she wanted the proceeds to go towards charities and institutions supporting the empowerment of young women in the arts. Because she knew how hard it was to be a woman in the Fifties and Sixties, trying to make a name for herself in a man's world, and she made sure we all grew up with the mantra 'girls can do anything.'"
Jackie published 32 best-selling novels in her lifetime, with more than 500 million copies sold in 40 countries and would always buy herself a gift in celebration of completing a novel.
Rory said: "She would always celebrate the completion of a book by buying herself a present. And she had a real affinity with big cats, which she saw as a symbol of power."
And another of her collecting passions was shells and matchbox cards.
Rory added: "Also, since our mother never did anything in small measures, there was so much of everything. Goodness, the sheer scale of it all! She used to collect shells and matchbox cards, and then when we were little she would fill our rooms with lovely little Snoopy ornaments.

Monday, May 15, 2017

PHOTO UPDATE : JOAN FINDS THE BAFTAS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!

Joan was delighted to meet up with friend Jennifer Saunders at The Bafta Television Awards backstage at The Royal Festival Hall on Sunday evening. They last worked together on the recent 'Absolutely Fabulous The Movie'.. Thanks to Alyn Waterman for sharing this super shot!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

EVENT UPDATE : BAFTA TELEVISION AWARDS 2017 .. THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL .. MAY 14TH BBC1 8:00PM

Joan attended the Bafta TV Awards 2017 held at The Royal Festival Hall where she presented Best Entertainment Award to Ant & Dec.. Watch the ceremony on BBC1 at 8:00pm tonight!
Joan with Ant & Dec

Joan with agents Jonathan Shalot, Stuart Piper, Percy & makeup designer Alyn Waterman 


Monday, May 8, 2017

COMING SOON! THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES .. AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND RELEASE .. JUNE 22ND 2017

For those in Australia & New Zealand, you will get your chance to have The Time of Your Lives on June 22nd when the film will get a general release from Rialto Distribution..

Sunday, May 7, 2017

EVENT UPDATE : AN AMERICAN IN PARIS .. DOMINION THEATRE LONDON.. MAY 4TH 2017 ..

Joan meets Robert Fairchild & Leanne Cope with Nick, Tara & Percy
Joan attended a performance of the latest hit West End musical 'An American In Paris' at London's Dominion Theatre.. Previously a hit on Broadway, Joan who also attended it's American run, enjoyed the show so much, she simply had to see it again.. The show based on the classic MGM film which starred Joan's good friend Hollywood legend Gene Kelly along with Leslie Caron.. The London run stars Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Zoe Rainey and Jane Asher...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

EVENT UPDATE : JACKIE COLLINS - A LIFE IN CHAPTERS .. BONHAMS BOND STREET LONDON .. MAY 3RD 2017 ..

Joan attended a Private VIP Preview party at Bonhams in Bond Street to showcase items from the forthcoming auction of items from Jackie's estate, which will go under the hammer at Bonhams in Los Angeles on May 16th & 17th.. Among the guests were Christopher Biggins, Julian Clary, Glynis Barber & Michael Brandon, Eve Pollard, Liz Brewer, Nancy Dell'ollio, Shakira Caine and Joan's children Tara, Katy & Sacha and Jackie's daughgter Rory among others..
Joan arrives at Bonhams
Joan with Katy & Tara
Joan with Shakira Caine
Glynis Barber & Michael Brandon
My friend Glen Knott with Joan
Joan with Biggins

Myself with Joan