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Sunday, October 24, 2021

MEDIA UPDATE : THE GRAHAM NORTON RADIO SHOW.. VIRGIN RADIO UK.. SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH 2021 ..


 Joan dropped into Virgin Radio earlier to chat to Graham Norton about her Sunday Times Best Seller 'My Unapologetic Diaries'.You can listen to the show here! 2.36m in!

LISTEN TO JOAN ON THE GRAHAM NORTON RADIO SHOW ON VIRGIN RADIO...

CELEBRATING 70 YEARS! : QUEENS OF DRAMA .. POP TV / THINK FACTORY MEDIA .. USA .. 2015 ..


 POP TV

THINK FACTORY MEDIA

Present 

QUEENS OF DRAMA

Starring

DONNA MILLS

CRYSTAL HUNT

VANESSA MARCIL

CHRYSTTE PHARRIS

LINDSAY HARTLEY

HUNTER TYLO

JASON SHANE SCOTT

MARK ZUNINO

LORENZO LAMAS

SAM SARPONG

Special Guest Star   JOAN COLLINS

A group of seasoned daytime drama actresses get together with legendary night time drama star Donna Mills ( Knots Landing ) to develop, pitch and produce a new drama series pilot that will be picked up by a network...



Queens of Drama, starring a sextet of current and former suds sirens—Donna Mills (Knots Landing), Vanessa Marcil (General Hospital), Lindsay Hartley (All My Children), Chrystee Pharris (Passions), Crystal Hunt (One Life to Live), and Hunter Tylo (The Bold and the Beautiful). Their goal is to write themselves a drama series and pitch it to the networks. But first they have to lay down their pitchforks. Mills gave us a preview.

Things quickly get cutthroat in this series. Is the conflict among the actresses real? Semireal? Fiction with a whiff of reality?
It’s a hybrid, and I was very careful with the producers, because there were times when they pushed me to be a major bitch. I said, “No, I won’t do that.” I can be headstrong, take-charge, a little pushy, but I don’t think I’m bitchy and I didn’t want that to come across.

Any qualms about jumping into this?
Oh, yes! When they first called me, they said, “We have this reality show…,” and immediately I was resistant. “I am not doing a reality show!” But then they said, “Listen to what it’s about—women who get together and want to create their own nighttime drama.” And I thought that was kind of nice. It’s about something. It has a purpose, a goal. So I took a leap of faith. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but, as it turned out, I had a really great time.

Is it really any different from acting?
On one of the early days of the show, all six of us were together for a scene and the cameras were rolling but nothing was happening. We were all just sort of staring at each other! Finally, I turned to one of the producers and said, “Somebody has to call ‘Action!’ because, if you don’t, nobody will do anything. We’re actresses!” I can’t speak for the others, but what you see of me in Queens of Drama is pretty much me. I don’t do anything in this series I probably wouldn’t do in real life. I’m not saying I thought up everything. They definitely came up with ideas and ran them by me. I don’t think the audience believes those housewives shows are really, really real.

We also know that certain reality stars like to stir up trouble in order to get famous. Does that apply to any of these divas? [Laughs] I don’t think any of us is planning on this show for our fame…or to get rich. It’s entertainment. At least, I hope it’s entertaining.

Queens of Drama
Lisette Azar/CBS

At one point, Joan Collins drops in and it’s like Alexis Carrington and Abby Ewing are sitting down to lunch. Was it your intention to give us an ’80s fangasm?
They weren’t even sure they could get Joan, but it ended up being a blast. That era still means so much to people. People couldn’t wait for Thursday night and the next episode of Knots Landing. Your friends came over. It was an event! Now you can hole up in your closet by yourself over a weekend and watch three seasons of House of Cards. It’s not as exciting. But, boy, that era was fun. In fact, I’m writing a book! The proposal just went out to the New York publishers. I’m doing it with James Spada [author of bestselling biographies of Barbra Streisand, Grace Kelly and Bette Davis]. I was approached to do a book back in the Knots years but I said, “I have nothing to tell, or say. No one wants to hear what I think about anything.” But six or seven months ago I was approached again, and now I feel ready.

Joan on set with Donna & stylist Rene Horsch

VARIETY Review...

By Brian Lowry

The gradual disappearance of soap operas has significantly reduced opportunities for actors in that genre. So what better way to exploit the situation than “Queens of Drama,” a Pop series that assembles a group of actresses for the ostensible purpose of trying to produce their own show, but really functions as an excuse to create a reality-style serial on the cheap. There’s no harm done, unless A) you once wrote soaps, and are thus rendered obsolete; or B) you have a functioning cerebral cortex, which will struggle to buy this as anything other than unconvincingly manufactured melodrama.

Granted, there’s something so deliciously meta about the concept — following the soapy sextet as they try to craft and sell a show, when in fact what you’re watching is the show — that some fans will accept the series strictly on its own bogus terms. Moreover, Pop is cleverly launching the half-hour format with back-to-back episodes behind its telecast of the Daytime Emmy Awards, which certainly provides the most hospitable platform imaginable to get the goods sampled.

Familiarity with the actresses and their daytime-drama roles isn’t even a requirement, since the project pretty quickly shoehorns them into types, deriving most of the tension from the catty relationship between Lindsay Hartley and Crystal Hunt. The latter even has the audacity to crack wise about her co-star’s age now that she’s auditioning for mom roles. Meow.

Leading the pack, sort of, is Vanessa Marcil, who enlists Donna Mills (sorry, “guest star” Donna Mills) to help advance the project. But Mills brings in Hunter Tylo without asking, which irks the others, and then takes a network meeting (at the CW, synergistically, given CBS’ ownership role with both that network and Pop) without informing her new partners.

The gang is so irritated by this, or at least professes to be, they seek to enlist another diva as a possible replacement for Mills. And when Joan Collins comes sauntering in, the music swells as if it’s 1985 all over again.



Chrystee Pharris rounds out the cast, largely presented as the voice of reason and sort-of referee between Hunt and Hartley. And “cast” is the operative word, since everyone is playing some variation of themselves, just with less sex than they used to have in soaps.
Of course, there are two ways of looking at this. Charitably, it’s possible to admire the ingenuity at work in finding an avenue to employ these actresses, albeit in a slightly different capacity; by contrast, it’s just as easy to lament that they only get to ply their trade in this context by pretending that they’re not really acting, in an “If life gives you lemons” kind of way.

Then again, the divas brought together here join a pretty sizable list of performers who have done just that by going the reality-TV route. And as Kim Basinger’s Veronica Lake look-alike put it in “L.A. Confidential,” “We still get to act a little.”

At present the series is not on dvd.. Hopefully maybe in the future..

Saturday, October 23, 2021

CELEBRATING 70 YEARS! : BENIDORM .. ITV1 .. 2014 TO 2017 .. UK ..


 ITV Presents

From Tiger Aspect Productions

BENIDORM

Starring

SHERRIE HEWSON as Joyce Temple Savage

JAKE CANUSO as Mateo Castellano

SIOBHAN FINNERAN as Janice

JANINE DUVITSKI as Jacqueline Stewart

TONY MAUDSLEY as Kenneth Du Beke

TIM HEALY as Les

ADAM GILLEN as Liam Conroy

KENNY IRELAND as Donald Stewart

STEVE PEMBERTON as Mick Garvey

SHEILA REID as Madge Garvey

HANNAH WADDINGHAM as Tonya

RUSTIE LEE as Queenie

THE KRANKIES as Pepe & Agnes

MATTHEW KELLY as Cyril Babcock

JOHNNY VEGAS as Geoff Maltby

ELSIE KELLY as Doreen Maltby

CHRISSY ROCK as Janey York

DANNY WALTERS as Tiger Dyke

DERREN LITTLE as Elvis

BOBBY CRUSH as Billy Sparkle

BOBBY KNUTT as Eddie Dawson

JULIE GRAHAM as Sheron Dawson

STEVE EDGE as Billy Dawson

JOHN CHALLIS as Monty Staines

PAUL BAZELY as Troy Ganatra

KEVIN BISHOP as The Original Peter Andre

JOSH BOLT as Rob Dawson

JASON MANFORD as Andre

MADNESS as Themselves

& JOAN COLLINS as Crystal Hennessy Vass


Series 6 - Episode 7 ... 2014  -Directed by Sandy Johnson

Series 7 - Episode 5 ... 2015 - Directed by Sandy Johnson

Series 8 - Episode 7 ... 2016 - Directed by David Sant

Series 9 - Episode 9 ... 2017 - Directed by David Sant 

Joyce Temple Savage is doing her best to run the Solana and make it a quality hotel, but when the hotel chain ceo Crystal Hennessy Vass turns up unannounced to check the resort, Joyce has more than enough on her plate! Crystal's visit become frequent every season and when corners need to be cut, it's Joyce who is due for the chop!


Joan enjoyed her guest appearances on 'Benidorm', although she had never watched it at first, it was only when sister Jackie mentioned the show as she had enjoyed it, that Joan took notice of the sitcom. 

Joan had known Sherrie Hewson for sometime and Joan has appeared on Loose Women many times, Sherrie recalled..


 “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…”

 “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.”

 “She’d love to come back. She had a wonderful time out here and loves the show.” Although things are truly terrible for Joyce this, Sherrie was glad to see Crystal turn up in the comedy again as it meant some memorable on-screen moments with Joan again.

“My scenes with Joan Collins are fabulous – she’s so good at the put-down! The only thing is, Joan looks so amazing so it made me feel dreadful. You never see Joan without make up. One day I asked her: ‘Do you ever wear a tracksuit?’ and she just said: ‘A what?”

“The most fabulous person of all is her husband, Percy. Everybody needs a Percy. He’s amazing and does everything for Joan, gets her coffee, gets the food, and brushes her hair.



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 Benidorm regulars, 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 to Joan 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.”


You can buy the complete series of ten seasons on this recent box set which also features many extras and 4 postcards.. You can order at the following link ..

ORDER BENIDORM COMPLETE SERIES BOX SET HERE!

WELCOME TO BENIDORM!

This all-inclusive package features 10 glorious seasons at The Solana Hotel bringing you a laugh-out-loud mix of hilarious holiday makers and hapless holiday staff.

Benidorm is Britain’s favourite holiday resort and it’s certainly been a British comedy phenomenon for over a decade, winning countless awards and attracting guest stars such as Joan Collins, Cilla Black, Sheridan Smith, Shane Richie, Uri Gellar and The Chuckle Brothers! Not forgetting musical legends Bananarama, Madness and Holly Johnson. Enjoy this classic series again and again with exclusive content including outtakes, Benidorm: 10 Years on Holiday documentary special, and Benidorm’s infamous 2017 Royal Variety Performance.




RELEASED IN SPECIAL SUITCASE PACKAGING WITH 4 POST CARDS

EXTRAS
• Series 1: Cast Interviews, Photo Album
• Series 2: Outtakes, Behind the Scenes, Audio Commentaries, Photo Album
• 2009 Special: Behind the Scenes, Photo Album
• Series 3: Outtakes, Behind the Scenes, Audio Commentaries, Photo Album, Deleted Scenes
• 2010 Xmas Special: Making Of including Deleted Scenes, Photo Gallery
• Series 4: Behind the Scenes, Outtakes, Audio Commentaries
• Series 5: Behind the Scenes, Outtakes, Audio Commentaries
• Series 6: Outtakes
• Series 7: Outtakes
• Series 10: Benidorm: 10 Years on Holiday, Royal Variety Performance Sketch, Deleted Scenes, Photo Gallery


Friday, October 22, 2021

CELEBRATING 70 YEARS! : THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES .. VERTIGO FILMS .. UK .. 2017 ..


 

VERTIGO FILMS

BRIGHT PICTURES

Presents

THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES

Starring

JOAN COLLINS as Helen Shelly

PAULINE COLLINS as Priscilla

FRANCO NERO as Alberto

RONALD PICKUP as Frank

SIAN REEVES as Sarah

JOELY RICHARDSON as Lucy

MICHAEL BRANDON as Harry Scheider

ALLENE QUINCY as Ileana

RICHARD SYMS as Reg

WAYNE CATER as Coach Driver

MATILDA SHAPLAND as Eleanor

MARIE BORG as Sylvie

PASCAL HENAULT as Pianist

Written by Roger Goldby

Music by Stephen Warbeck

Executive Producer - Tim Rice Jonathan Shalit  Joan Collins Percy Gibson etc

Produced by Sarah Sulick & Azim Bolkiah

Directed by Roger Goldby 

(c) 2017 ..  UK .. 104 mins ... Color ..

Helen a fading Hollywood star who has been confined to a care home because of a bad hip vows to escape so she can attend an old boyfriends funeral. On the way she enlists the help of a downtrodden housewife Priscilla, who becomes her road buddy.


This 2017 film was a labour of love for Joan as she had spent a few years trying to get the project together and it was worth the wait. With a cast of interesting, quirky characters, Joan and Pauline Collins make a wonderful team and provide a memorable journey. 

Joan commented...

'' I based the character of Helen loosely on Debbie Reynolds, who was great beauty who had her share of lows in life. Even though my character is a bitter, twisted, rather nasty kind of person on the outside, underneath there is a sweet person to be found. When they were casting Priscilla, one person who absolutely jumped out at me from the pages was Pauline, who I admire tremendously as an actress and we have known each other many years.''

Joan on set with Joely Richardson.


 Roger Golby, director of The Time of Their Lives 

What makes it so special?

First and foremost the main characters, who are the perfect odd couple. These two very different women come together by chance, go on an incredible journey, change each other, and end up as true friends. It's a warm, uplifting tale of two strong, mature female characters that people can identify with - and how they break free. I hope audiences find it funny too of course!

You wrote The Time of Their Lives. What inspired the story?

I've always been drawn to stories about older people. I suppose in a way it was inspired by my grandmothers and great aunt. These were three older women who were really important in my life. They showed me that older people can still to do things, still change, and are perfectly capable of going on an adventure.

Was it a coup to get Joan and Pauline for the film?

Absolutely. A film like this is made or broken by the cast. Joan is a legend, but she also has incredible depth of performance and real charisma. When I first met her and she agreed to do the film, we talked about the role of Priscilla. I had Pauline in mind to play the part, and it was also Joan's first suggestion.
They already knew each other and have a chemistry, a shorthand if you like, that transfers to the screen. They are very different people, but both are incredibly versatile and hard-working. Hilarious too. Franco Nero is a big Italian star and he was a real gentleman. A joy to work with.

Is there a message in this film?

I guess it's something as simple as: it's never too late to change and live bravely, with hope.

And was Ȋle de Ré an ideal location for an escape?

Pauline's character needs to get away, go somewhere different. When you go somewhere different it enables you to change and this contrast helps Priscilla come out of herself. France is a beautiful country throughout, but my producer Sarah Sulick recommended Ȋle de Ré in particular.
It's a little like Nantucket, with a lovely atmosphere to it, beautiful landscapes, old churches and abbeys, and people riding bicycles everywhere. Lovely little harbours too and a connection with movie stars and media people - lots go there for their holidays. I suppose it could've been St Tropez, but Ȋle de Ré was just perfect.


Executive Producer Tim Rice...

'' One of the aspects of this film that particularly appealed to me, as a former student at La Sorbonne in Paris is the use of several wonderful 60's French pop hits by artists such as Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Jacques Dutronce and Francoise Hardy.''

Joan sings 'Who Can I Turn To?

Producer Sarah Sulick...

''The film draws on both the ongoing popularity of buddy movies and the publics growing appetite for poignant comedies led by a more mature cast.''

Joan, Pauline & Franco Nero on set


Review Variety ..

By Guy Lodget

There is nothing like a dame, and Dame Joan Collins is still nothing like one — not by the Queen’s definition of the term, at least. Yet with the British honours system having finally smiled on her, she has belatedly decided to emulate Dame Judi, Dame Maggie and the “Best Exotic” club with a respectably genteel geriatric comedy of her own. Enter “The Time of Their Lives,” a likably lame rattletrap of a road movie that gets what limited spark it has from the “Dynasty” diva’s still-lascivious on-screen charisma. 

As a pair of lonely pensioners thrown together by chance on an episodic Gallic escapade, the strutting star is agreeably paired up with long-neglected namesake Pauline Collins; Roger Goldby’s narratively lumpy film shamelessly cribs from the latter’s Oscar-nominated breakout “Shirley Valentine” in espousing the life-enhancing virtues of a little sun, a little wine and a little swarthy Continental sex, but remains, from the script down, a strictly economy-class affair. Goldby’s film does, however, prove that both Collins's should have been better used over the years, even as it slightly misuses them itself. Joan, in particular, deploys some peppery comic timing and a salty sense of self-parody to season the otherwise vague character of Helen Shelley, a Sixties screen siren whose former days of debauchery have left her penniless, family-free and in a state care home. When she learns that the successful director of her biggest hit has died, she resolves to get to Ile de Ré for the funeral by hook or (mostly) by crook, desperate to regain the industry contacts that could revive her career. “It’ll be like the Academy Awards,” she reasons. “A bit sadder, but not much.”

Playing attentively to type as Priscilla, a downtrodden middle-England housewife, Pauline Collins gets the more cohesive backstory of the two — the already obvious details of which are teased out through needless narrative contrivance. Stranded for decades in a through-the-motions marriage to a loveless old stiff (Ronald Pickup) who continually blames her for the death of their young son, she’s understandably loath to amend the error when an implausible misunderstanding places her on a beach-bound tour bus with Helen and her fellow institutional inmates. That she’s swiftly befriended and wheedled by Helen into joining her on a law-breaking cross-Channel jaunt is a greater stretch still; Goldby’s nominally original screenplay demands great bounding leaps of credulity from its audience, even as its own rate of movement rarely exceeds a lumbago-slowed shuffle.

Once in France, the film finds moderately surer footing, with dewily lit coastal scenery at least providing a salubrious backdrop to the stars’ repetitive squabbling and low-energy banter. (James Aspinall’s artificially sunny lensing is bright enough to render the hyper-perky machinations of Stephen Warbeck’s score overkill — though a cheery, film-within-a-film theme song, written by executive producer Tim Rice, is a cute detail.) As a wealthy, ponytailed Italian artist who rescues the women when their car and screenplay alike run out of gas, Franco Nero shows up mostly to let the hemmed-in Pauline Collins replay her “Shirley Valentine” blossoming, though his most vivid contribution to proceedings is the year’s most unexpected full-frontal shot — you won’t find that in “The Lady in the Van,” folks. With due respect to Nero’s manhood, however, Joan Collins remains the film’s most sizable asset, whether flicking off insults and sucking on cigarettes with imperious, eye-rolling hauteur, or bringing a shoulder-padded soap star’s quivering conviction to some late-in-the-game funereal melodrama. Her dramatic gifts and flair for diva-tude converge most effectively in an out-of-nowhere musical number that sees her touchingly croon a Leslie Bricusse-Anthony Newley standard from her own salad days. “Who can I turn to when nobody needs me?” she sings — though one suspects the dame can sustain herself rather better than this sweet, rickety film.


You can still pick up a copy on blu-ray at the following link...

BUY THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES HERE!



Thursday, October 21, 2021

CHARITY UPDATE : TABLE TALK FOUNDATION PRIZE WINNING LUNCH .. THE RITZ LONDON .. THURSDAY OCTOBER 21ST 2021 ..


 To help support a new charity Table Talk Foundation, which raises funds to support food education for the next generation and to support the locat hospitality industry, Joan donated a lunch at The Ritz in collobaration with chef John Williams which had been up for auction during the Foundation's launch back in July.. This afternoon the lucky wiining bidders enjoyed a special afternoon with Joan & Percy at The Ritz and a sumptuous time was had by all!

TV ALERT : THE JONATHAN ROSS SHOW .. ITV 1 ... SATURDAY OCTOBER 23RD 2021 .. 21.30..


 To promote her Sunday Times best selling book 'My Unapologetic Diaries', Joan dropped into chat to Jonathan Ross as his star guest on The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday 23rd at 21.30 on ITV1 ..



Tuesday, October 19, 2021

PROMO UPDATE : THE RYAN TURBIDY SHOW DUBLIN.. RTE RADIO 1 ... FRIDAY OCTOBER 15TH 2021 ..

 


Joan chatted to Ryan Turbidy on RTE Radio 1 last Friday to promote her latest bestseller 'My Unapologetic Diaries'.. 

You can listen to the interview at the following link!

LISTEN TO JOAN ON THE RYAN TURBIDY SHOW HERE!




Monday, October 18, 2021

PRESS UPDATE : THE GUARDIAN .. SUNDAY OCTOBER 17TH 2021 ..


 


Interview

Joan Collins: ‘I’m absolutely a feminist but I’ll let somebody carry my bags’ by Michael Hogan..


The original vamp on 70 years of showbiz life, having Boris Johnson as a boss and why partying is a dying art..

Sun 17 Oct 2021 09.30 BST

Dame Joan Collins was born in Paddington and trained at Rada. She began appearing in films while still in her teens, with more than 70 credits including Our Girl FridayLand of the PharaohsThe Virgin QueenThe Stud and The Bitch. During the 80s, she found fame as Alexis Colby in the US soap Dynasty, a role that won her a Golden Globe. In recent years she returned to TV with the likes of The RoyalsBenidorm and American Horror Story. Her new memoir, My Unapologetic Diaries, is out now.

Did returning to your 90s diaries whisk you back in time?
Absolutely. They weren’t written in the usual way. I never put pen to paper. Between 1989 and 2006, I talked into a Dictaphone practically every night when I got home, then put it away and forgot about it for years. When I mentioned these tapes to my agent, he thought it might make an interesting book. Because it was all spoken, people say it feels like they were there.

You begin the book by saying you’ve been called “Britain’s bad girl, England’s answer to Ava Gardner, a bitch, a pouting panther and a coffee-bar vixen”. Did you secretly like any of those descriptions?
[Laughs] Not really. I was a teenager appearing in British films when I was called most of them. Some were a bit upsetting, but you can’t let things get to you. To stay in this business, you have to develop a thick skin and strong character. I got my first reviews when I was 17. Some were very nasty and made me cry. A lot. But I got over it.

Reviews don’t make you cry any more, I’m guessing?
God no.

Roger Moore is a recurring presence in the diaries. Who would you like to see become the new James Bond?
Either James Norton or Tom Hardy would be good. I’ve known Roger since I was 15. We met at a theatrical agent’s office and have been friends ever since.

You run into Donald Trump several times in the book but don’t seem enamoured of him…
Tell me someone who is enamoured of Donald Trump.

You once told John Major to wear smaller spectacles. Did he take your advice?
He did get better glasses eventually, so perhaps he listened. I liked him very much. I was with Shirley Bassey at an event at Downing Street and right off the cuff, he made one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard. Shirley and I were gobsmacked. We couldn’t work out why he was so disliked as prime minister.

You also say Boris Johnson “looks like he brushes his hair with an eggbeater”…
Well, he was my boss for a while. He was editor of the Spectator when I was a guest diarist.


You seemed terribly upset by the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Why did it affect you so much?
I just thought she was an iconic figure and a very sweet woman whenever I met her. At one charity event, she was overawed by the paparazzi and screaming crowds, so she asked me how I stand all the attention. She seemed very vulnerable. I’d also been told 10 days before her death, when I was at this little restaurant in Saint-Tropez, that Diana had just been there with her boyfriend Dodi and her two boys. They were laughing and dancing around, like any young family. Hearing how happy she’d been made it all the more tragic.

You’re celebrating your 70th year in showbiz. What was the most enjoyable decade?
If I had to pick one, it would be the 60s. I had two young children and only worked when I wanted. I was under no pressure to be the breadwinner because I was married to Tony [her second husband, Anthony Newley]. We were living in Hollywood and had lots of great friends – the English contingent like Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers and Diana Dors. It was a fun time, free of stress. Probably the only decade that was.

Do you miss the golden age of Hollywood glamour?
What I miss is the glamour of parties. That culture doesn’t seem to exist any more. What they have now is the red carpet, which is all fake. Everybody gets dressed up in borrowed dresses and jewels, they pose for Instagram, then they go home. There’s not really a party scene. Or if there is, it’s very top-secret.

There’s lots of what you call “boozing and schmoozing” in the book. What’s your tipple nowadays?
I’ll have a glass of wine with dinner. Sometimes a martini, but I don’t drink excessively. Practically everyone I know doesn’t drink any more. It’s a dying art.

You’ve written 18 books now. What would your late novelist sister Jackie make of that?
She’d be very proud. She wrote 36, so I’ve got some catching up to do, but that was her main profession. Sony are supposedly doing a biopic about us called Joan & Jackie. I’m waiting eagerly for a meeting with the scriptwriter next week, actually.


You once called yourself a “born survivor”. Does that still apply?
I hope so. I don’t know if I was born that way, but I certainly became one. I’m lucky in that I’m very healthy – I’m touching wood as I say this – and have all my faculties, a great family and great friends.

What’s in the pipeline for you?
The BBC is making a documentary about my life, which is exciting. I’ve got a couple of other big projects coming up but it’s unlucky to talk about them. In the book, I mention how I was going to play Cruella de Vil, then I didn’t. That happens if you speak too soon. Now I never talk about anything until the clapperboard goes clap. Cruella and Cleopatra are the only two roles I regret missing out on.

You fought for pay parity with your male co-stars on Dynasty. Were you ahead of your time in that respect?
I’d been outspoken about equal pay since I was 20. I just don’t see why men should be paid more. If they’re a bigger star, maybe. If it’s Tom Cruise and Jane Whoever, then he should get more money. If it’s Meryl Streep and Sam Nothing, of course she should get more money. When that doesn’t apply, pay should be the same.

Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
Absolutely. I did long before that word was widely used. I’ve always believed in equality. Women can do whatever men do and they have the right to do so. The only possible area where women aren’t equal is physical strength. That’s why I’ll let somebody carry my bags. And, well, there’s a lot of bags.

The diaries become a charming love story towards the end when, at 66, you meet Percy Gibson, your fifth and current husband…
Thank you, that’s sweet of you to say. And best of all, the love story still continues.

  • My Unapologetic Diaries by Joan Collins is published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson (£20). To support the Guardian and Observer order your copy at guardianbookshop.com. Delivery charges may apply..