Monday, January 20, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : UKEN REPORT .. JANUARY 19TH 2020 ..

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Dame Joan Collins Coming to Palm Springs


PALM SPRINGS — Dame Joan Collins will be in Palm Springs on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. at the Richards Center for the Arts, Palm Springs High School as part of the third season  of speakers for Palm Springs Speaks.
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She will be introduced by News Channel 3 ABC Meteorologist and local personality Patrick Evans. She will be then joined onstage by Actor, Director and Producer, Chuck Yates, five-time Desert Star Award-winner and Founding Artistic Director of Coyote StageWorks, to discuss her career.
From her early days at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art right up to her most recent roles on the big and small screen, and behind the scenes stories; she will be ‘spilling the tea’ on it all! There will also be an opportunity for the audiences to submit questions for Dame Joan after check-in at the event; index cards will be provided. Tickets are on sale now at www.palmspringsspeaks.org. A special Limited Edition General Admission $45 ticket has been added to the show and is available online now!
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As an added bonus for all those attending the event, a donated fresh copy of an original Dynasty script from the personal files of the Executive Story Editor of the series, Frank V. Furino, along with an original vintage Interview magazine from September 1984 Vol. XIV No. 9 featuring Joan on the cover with an extensive interview inside, will be raffled off at the event. Tickets will be sold at the event only for $5 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. The winning ticket will be drawn on stage by Furino and Joan and the winner will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with both and have Joan sign the script and magazine if desired. So if you love Joan or were a Dynasty super fan this is your opportunity to have a piece of history.
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Dame Joan Collins is first and foremost an actress. However, she is also a best-selling author, an
accomplished producer and a successful entrepreneur. Winner of two Golden Globes and a People’s
Choice Awards, nominated several times for Golden Globes, People’s Choice and Emmy awards, as well
as recipient of numerous other awards worldwide, Joan has appeared in more than 60 feature films and
dozens of television programs. The daughter of theatrical agent Joe Collins and his wife Elsa, Joan Collins was born in London and made her London stage debut at the age of nine in Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE at the Arts Theatre.
Joan Collins has appeared in more than 65 feature films and hundreds of television appearances,
including creating the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, one of the most highly rated television
dramas of all time. Her novels and memoirs have sold over 50 million copies worldwide and have been
translated into 30 languages. She is recognized world-round as a fashion maven of timeless beauty, and
is a regular diarist for The Spectator and a contributor to The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times and
Harper’s Bazaar. On stage, Joan Collins has performed on Broadway, the West End, and in national
tours in the UK and North America.
In 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II elevated Joan Collins to Dame Commander of the British Empire (D.B.E.) for her lifetime contribution to charity work, after having presented her with The Most Excellent Order of The British Empire (O.B.E.) for her services to the arts in 1997.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : PALM SPRINGS LIFE .. JANUARY 10TH 2020 ..

Dame Joan Spills the Tea

Ahead of her Palm Springs Speaks appearance, Dynasty star Joan Collins reveals her favorite spot to grab a drink in town and whether she’s seen the show’s reboot.

By Derrik J. Lang 


Before she was ever sipping champagne and slapping Linda Evans on Dynasty, a young Joan Collins would frequently escape from Hollywood to Palm Springs for sunshine and cocktails, which the veteran 86-year-old actress still fondly recalls to this day. She’ll be back Jan. 26 as part of the Palm Springs Speaks series — and she’s prepared to dish the dirt, darling.
With a career spanning nearly seven decades and a personal life that’s been well documented by the tabloids, Collins has plenty of stories to tell. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and began acting in films in 1951, eventually starring with the likes of Bob Hope in The Road to Hong Kong, Paul Newman in Rally Round the Flag, Boys, and Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen.
Collins helped salvage the ailing Aaron Spelling primetime soap Dynasty when her character — the scheming ex-wife of John Forsythe’s patriarch Blake Carrington — was introduced at the end of the first season in 1981. (A body double under a giant floppy hat and veil first portrayed the character before Collins debuted in the second season premiere.) Her iconic take-no-prisoners personification of Alexis Carrington earned Collins international stardom, as well as best actress Golden Globe in 1982.
In recent years, Collins has appeared on the sudsy E! series The Royals and the FX anthology American Horror Story: Apocalypse. She’s currently starring in Valentino’s campy winter campaign. Prior to her Jan. 26 appearance, the British actress, author, and activist spoke with Palm Springs Life about her legacy and relationship with the desert.
You’re based back in London now, but did you ever own a home in Palm Springs when you were living full time on the West Coast?
No. Who said that?
There are references out there to your properties in the Vista Las Palmas and Southridge neighborhoods, but they might just be pointing out houses where you stayed over the years.
Oh, I’ve stayed in lots of houses in Palm Springs. I think I stayed in Frank Sinatra’s house and Sammy Davis Jr.’s and Dean Martin’s houses back in the day. I never owned a home there myself.
What did you think of Palm Springs during your many visits?
I find it very relaxing. When I was there, the weather was always beautiful. I like the shopping. I think some of the shops are really interesting. They’re not all boarded up like in a lot of places now. And the restaurants, of course, are great. Is Don the Beachcomber still there?
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Joan Collins on the December 1982 cover of Palm Springs Life magazine.
Sorta. There’s a bar called Bootlegger Tiki in the same location now.
When I was there, it was Don the Beachcomber, and I loved it. I would go quite often, particularly in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Then, when I got married and had kids, then I didn’t go so much.
How do you feel about coming back out for your Palm Springs Speaks appearance?
I’m looking forward to catching up with [moderator Michael Childers] because we had quite a few mutual friends: Natalie Wood and the great director John Schlesinger. And I’m just generally interested in talking about whatever he wants to talk about. I mean, whatever anybody wants to talk about, I’m willing to talk about it.
Anything?! What do people usually ask you?
They like to talk about Dynasty, that show I did. They like to find out about my beauty routine, my fashion routine, what I like in clothes. It depends where I am. They like to hear anecdotes about all the people I’ve worked with. I mean, I’ve worked with some of the Hollywood greats: Paul Newman, Bette Davis, Gregory Peck. You name it. I’ve worked with them.
Why do you think Aaron Spelling cast you in Dynasty?
He put me into a show called Fantasy Island in which I played Cleopatra. And I think even though the studio wanted Elizabeth Taylor or Sophia Loren and particularly Jessica Walters for Alexis, Aaron went to bat for me. First of all, because he knew me, and second of all, because he’d seen what I had done in Fantasy Island, which was kind of the precursor to Alexis. I think he also probably saw an English movie called The Stud in which I played a strong, empowered woman.
When did you realize Dynasty was a cultural phenomenon?
I think it was during that first season. I was driving with my best friend Judy down Mulholland Drive. There was a bunch of young kids in a car, all waving at me and calling my name, “Alexis! Alexis!” I rolled down the window and waved. They said, “We love you! We love you!” I thought that was very sweet.
I actually host a podcast called Dynasty As They Wanna Be where I’m watching and analyzing every episode of Dynasty. It’s remarkable how relevant the show remains today. Besides inspiring fashion, Dynasty explored second-wave feminism, social classism, abortion, homosexuality …
That’s right. I had a gay son that I accepted, but that his father would not. Blake Carrington would not accept Steven as gay. He hated it. Alexis did not. I think it was the first time you saw gay relationships depicted like that on television.
Why do you think Alexis still resonates with audiences?
I think it was the first time that you saw a woman who was very empowered and took charge, used her wile, and — yes — used her sexuality as well to get what she wanted and didn’t care what people thought about her. A lot of people hated the character, but a lot of people really loved her, which I think is why I’m probably still relevant today.
Dynasty ran the entirety of the 1980s. Why do you think there’s this continued fascination with that decade in pop culture? Stranger Things is very popular. The next Wonder Woman movie is set in 1984. The CW is currently airing a modern reboot of Dynasty.
You love it?
The new Dynasty? Honestly, I haven’t watched much of it.
I haven’t watched it either.
“An Afternoon with Dame Joan Collins” takes place at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26, at the Richards Center for the Arts, 2248 E. Ramon Road, in Palm Springs. For tickets
and additional information, visit palmspringsspeaks.org.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

DVD ALERT : ALFIE DARLING .. BLU-RAY / DVD ... MARCH 9TH 2020 .. NETWORK ..


To kick off the New Year Network are releasing two of Joan's British film releases, the classic 1953 drama 'The Square Ring' and this 1975 comedy drama 'Alfie Darling' starring Alan Price with Joan as glamorous bored housewife Fay... Available March 9th ..

Sixties icon Alfie Elkins makes a ribald return appearance in this sequel to the classic comedy-drama that shot Michael Caine to stardom. Alan Price stars as the Jack-the-Lad with an over-active libido alongside Jill Townsend, Hannah Gordon, Rula Lenska and Joan Collins. Alfie Darling is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

Alfie makes a good living driving huge trucks across Europe, with a girl hidden away in every place he visits - as well as some along the way! Then he meets cool, aloof Abby, who resists his charms - but Alfie was never one to shy away from a challenge!

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DVD ALERT : THE SQUARE RING DVD / BLU-RAY RELEASE .. FEBRUARY 3RD 2020.. NETWORK ..

To kick off the new a number of Joan's classic movies get the blu-ray / dvd treatment including this forthcoming release from Network on February 3rd.. The Square Ring from 1953 features Joan in an early role as Frankie the girlfriend of boxer Rick Martell played by Maxwell Reed..

This hard-hitting portmanteau drama from Michael Relph and Basil Dearden depicts the emotion, excitement and broad humour of one night's boxing at a downmarket London stadium. Starring Jack Warner as the dressing-room attendant who links the stories together – and co-starring Robert Beatty, Maxwell Reed, Joan Collins and Kay Kendall – Ealing Studios' The Square Ring is presented here as a High Definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.
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Danny Felton, Adam's Stadium's dressing-room "handler" has seen many fighters come and ago, rise and fall – and tonight's line-up is no exception. Up-and-comers, would-be contenders, "comeback kids", champions-in-waiting – out into the ring they go, and back to his dressing-room they return – bruised, batter, chastened or triumphant.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!


As we begin a new decade, which is now been referred to as The Roaring 20's, I want to wish everyone a most wonderful New Year filled with lots of Luck, Good Fortune, Fun & Adventure, but most importantly Very best of Health & Happiness as we look forward to another if not more exciting year following the life and careeer of our most Legendary Dame!    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2019!


Wishing everyone a most wonderful Christmas and an even brighter 2020! Hope you all got what you wished for this Holiday Season and thanks to everyone who follows the life and career of our most Legendary Dame!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

PRESS UPDATE : THE SPECTATOR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL ISSUE .. DECEMBER 21ST 2019 ..



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Joan Collins: I’m an actress, not an actor. And yes, it matters..

     

I recently tried to put my profession down as ‘actress’ on Instagram, but the only option available from the drop-down menu was ‘actor’. Why? Actress is such a graceful word, so evocative of elegance, refinement and poise that the common and blunt ‘actor’ cannot possibly conjure. It’s even worse when we are referred to as ‘female actors’. How utterly contemptuous and disrespectful towards women. We have fought long and hard for equality only to be lumped in with the male appellative in the rat race of showbiz — some victory. Although many other actresses agree with me, it appears that the younger generation think my view is old-fashioned and ridiculous. I hear the term ‘mother’ is also becoming démodé and ‘parent’ is the PC word to use on a birth certificate. Will the imagery of bountiful ‘Mother Earth’ providing sustenance and protection to her children now be replaced by a remote and strict ‘Parent Earth’? How unromantic.
Women have to fight back to stay on top. Dodging wandering hands and sexist remarks is only a part of it. At a party in St Tropez, I was seated next to a beefy aristocratic male who began moving his chair closer to mine, leaning over my cutlery and following his remarks with a squeeze on my arm or a dig in my ribs as he laughed uproariously.
‘Sorry, but you’re invading my space,’ I remarked.
‘What? What do you mean, young lady?’ he barked back.
‘First of all, I’m not your “young lady”. This is 2019. Haven’t you heard of the #MeToo movement?’
‘No, what’s that?’
‘You’re not supposed to touch people or come close to them or make sexist remarks.’
‘How utterly ludicrous,’ he replied, without an ounce of irony.
I excused myself to the powder room and asked a friend to switch places with me.

Percy and I have been binge-watching some new TV shows, which all seem to air on the same date. After a long, dry summer we have The CrownThe Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Ray Donovan on the same weekend. My new favourite by far is The Morning Show, which explores the complexity of today’s #MeToo moralistic attitudes. Steve Carell plays a news anchor whose career is destroyed by accusations of sexual impropriety, and Jennifer Aniston plays the other half of the professional partnership trying to keep the ship afloat through the controversy. It is completely addictive, and Apple TV+ is cunningly releasing only one episode per week, so we wait with excitement for Friday to arrive. Despite this strong competition for my affections, my love for Strictly Come Dancing remains undimmed, even though I keep thinking it can’t possibly be as good as the year before. It is such a wonderfully nostalgic spectacle of glamour and choreography that it reminds me of the Technicolor musicals of my childhood. One last screen addiction is TCM, where you can watch the most iconic movies and stars of the golden age of Hollywood. From early November, Hallmark TV in the US and Sony TV in the UK show dozens of films with Christmas themes, so by the time December rolls in, one is satiated with Santa, garland lights and cheer. The advent of these movies so compelled me this year that I found and decorated a Christmas tree before Thanksgiving.

When I played Alexis in Dynasty I was called every name in the book: villainess (thankfully, not villain), bitch, Denver Beast, and some too vulgar to repeat in this magazine. For the nine years I portrayed the character, I was castigated in all forms of media — print, radio and TV — and received truckloads of ‘fan’ mail from viewers who hated me, or rather hated Alexis. But I always defended her. Laurence Olivier once had a problem when he was playing Sergius in Shaw’s Arms and the Man because he thought Sergius was a ridiculous fool. The director Tyrone Guthrie told him that it was impossible to give a good performance unless he found something that he really loved about the character. The same advice is true for every actor (or actress, may I add). I found a lot to justify Alexis’s thirst for revenge, since she had been torn away from her children at a young age and banished. Her years of exile sharpened her desire to come back and reclaim her family, and the only way to do that was to battle the dastardly Blake. She was a brilliant, clever, ambitious, beautiful woman who behaved as a male would in business and in life. So, in spite of all the horrid remarks, I adored Alexis. Luckily, so did much of the public.


Whenever I order a dish in a restaurant, they inevitably pile so much on to the plate that it spills over the side. I lose my appetite from simply looking at this Ben Nevis of food. I’ve tried to request half-portions or children’s portions, but the waiters end up just piling the food on a smaller plate. Ordering a reasonable portion served in a reasonable way involves convoluted descriptions, which include visual props and mime. If I end up leaving half of the food on the plate, the waiter asks with great concern whether I was happy with my meal. Yes, perfectly happy, I reply, but I can’t eat like a sumo wrestler. To make things worse, I abhor that nouvelle cuisine where sustainably farmed free-range pigeon eggs swim in a velouté of questionable provenance — so I’m left in a quandary.

Monday, December 16, 2019

EVENT UPDATE : PARTY TIME IS NO DRAMA FOR JOAN!

Joan with Linda Gray & Donna Mills

Joan & Alana with friends..
It may have have been nightime but thankfully there was no high drama as Joan welcomed many of her good friends to her annual Christmas party at her LA apartment. As you can see two of her glamorous party guests were fellow tv screen queens Linda Gray & Donna Mills from classic nightime drama's 'Dallas' & 'Knots Landing'.. Other guests included Alana Stewart, Barbara Davis, Nikki Haskell & George Hamilton..

EVENT UPDATE : INTERVIEW MAGAZINE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CHRISTMAS DINNER PARTY ... SAN VICENTE BUNGALOWS .. LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA .. DECEMBER 12TH 2019 ..


Joan currently enjoying the busy Hollywood Christmas party season attended Interview magazines 50th Anniversary Christmas dinner party held at exclusive San Vicente Bungalows in association with Nordstrom.. The legendary magazine featured Joan many times, including a classic cover from 1984 when Andy Warhol ran the magazine...



Saturday, November 23, 2019

FUNDRAISING UPDATE : SMALL STEPS PROJECT SHOE AUCTION 2019 ... NOVEMBER 15TH TO 24TH 2019 ..


Dame Joan Collins

The fabulous Joan Collins OBE has been a star ever since she was a child, making her debut in A Doll’s House when she was just 9 years old. Since then she has been gracing our screens with her glamorous presence, starring in numerous Hollywood numbers as well as playing Alexis Carrington Colby in the 1980’s television soap opera Dynasty. She has also written many books over the years and in 2013 released ‘Passion For Life: An Autobiography’.
This year, Joan has generously donated these beautiful satin Anne Klein shoes in a size 39.5. She says, “It’s a small but worthy step to eradicate the most cruel disease in the world: child poverty”.

The Celebrity Shoe Auction is in its tenth year and this time we are doing it zero waste!
The signed shoes have been upcycled by kind soled celebrities and are being auctioned to raise funds for barefoot children to take small steps off landfill sites where they eke out a survival from recycling scraps.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

PRESS UPDATE : VOGUE .. DECEMBER 2019 ...

Joan Collins on Being the New Face of Valentino and Why She’ll Never Wear Jeans....






Even if Alexis Carrington’s looks in Dynasty defined an entire era of fashion, Joan Collins seems bemused when I ask her to describe her style evolution across the decades since. “I suppose I just gravitate towards whatever catches my fancy, it’s eclectic. Why, how would you describe it?” says the Legendary actress. “Glamorous, playful, with a bit of sparkle,” I offer. “Sequins! But, of course!”
As the star of Valentino’s Christmas campaign, released today, Collins is capping a year in which her love for maximalist ’80s dressing (and sequins) has undergone a renaissance in the fashion world—whether in the power shoulders and eye-popping glitz of recent Saint Laurent and Versace collections, or the resuscitation of labels that defined the era, such as Mugler and Claude Montana. Then, as if to remind everyone who did it first, there was her instantly iconic red carpet moment at the Met Gala in May. With its theme of camp, all Collins really had to do was show up; thankfully, she went the extra mile, wearing a delightfully frou-frou Valentino confection that was directly inspired by her Dynasty costumes, along with a diamond tiara from her own wardrobe. “Pierpaolo [Piccioli] and I went back and forth with designs for about three months—I wanted feathers, but he didn't want feathers,” she remembers. “So I said, I really want feathers! We eventually came to an agreement.” (Needless to say, she wore feathers.)
Her relationship with the house of Valentino extends all the way back to the ’60s, when she first visited Signor Garavani’s atelier in Rome. Over the decades, there are plenty of Valentino pieces in her wardrobe that have come and gone. “You can't keep clothes for decades,” says Collins, firmly. “They just don't look right.” There is one piece, however, that has stood the test of time. “It’s this beautiful black, shimmery, column chiffon dress I bought from one of his couture shows in the ’80s. I was talking to Valentino a few years ago before I went to some event, and I said, ‘I don’t have anything to wear!’ But he has this amazing memory, and replied, ‘Well, darling, why don't you wear that black dress you bought from the couture show in 1989?’ And I said, ‘Oh my god—you remember that?’”


Her love of Valentino extends to Pierpaolo Piccioli’s vision for the house, too: the video accompanying the campaign sees Joan ring the doorbell to a Christmas house party in London in a red lace dress, opera coat and gloves, paired with the diamond jewelry she wore to the Met Gala. Greeting the guests in brilliantly pithy style—“I see it’s not just the champagne that’s flat,” she quips with a raised eyebrow—things are instantly livened up with a spot of Collins-led dancing and a stack of gift boxes from Valentino’s Dante-inspired holiday gift collection.


It seems fitting that Collins would opt for one of the label’s more classic designs, given her timeless sense of style. On the subject of the ’80s style revival, she observes that it’s never really gone away. “I think that the flamboyance of oversized earrings and ill-fitting skirts might have gone—skirts never fitted properly in the ’80s, by the way—and the huge curly hair might have gone, too. But the sleek style that I wore a lot in Dynasty, the pared-back suits but with definitive shoulders and small waists and embellishments of color and jewelry, I think smart women have been doing that through the decades.”
She does, however, mourn the days when dressing up for the day was more of an event. “I really hope that people will spend more money on clothes, because nobody dresses up anymore. If you do, then people stare at you, or make cutting remarks… well, maybe not cutting, but they’ll say something like, ‘Oh, look at you! You're all dressed up.’ I find that very sad, because it will be the end of women buying elegant clothes in stores. Everybody’s going to end up in jeans and T-shirts, which I think is tragic.” How does she respond if someone makes a comment like that to her? “Thank you,” she says, drily.


This move towards more casual dressing has created a very specific bête noire for Collins. “I hate jeans. I hate them, they’re so unflattering. And I hate jeans with holes in the knees, or holes anywhere. I’m not keen on T-shirts with logos, either. I like to be comfortable, but I want to be elegant, too.” It’s something that she particularly struggles with in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles, where she has lived since the mid-’50s. “I don't really fit in with the L.A. lifestyle, because everyone's in T-shirts and jeans, and I don't like that look. Oh, and neither does Valentino, by the way. Mr Valentino is always exquisitely dressed, which I love.”
In those sunny Californian climes, she admits it feels strange to already be getting in the festive spirit with a Christmas campaign, meaning she’s not yet ready to start thinking about gifts for the holiday season. “I haven’t really got to that, but I mainly try to tailor the gifts that I'm giving to people to the individual.” As for what’s on her Christmas list this year? “I have so much, I can’t really ask for anything. But I love to read, so I love to get an interesting biography that hasn’t been in print for a while, or a beautiful art monograph.” For those lucky enough to have Collins on their Christmas gifting list: get buying.