Saturday, May 23, 2020

TV ALERT : TALKING PICTURES .. BBC2 .. SATURDAY 23RD MAY 2020 .. 19:50PM..


To celebrate Joan's birthday, BBC 2 are screening

two programmes. One of which is a new edition of their popular series 'Talking Pictures' narrated by Celia Imrie, who appeared with Joan in the film 'In The Bleak Midwinter'. This series looks back at Joan's life and career through clips and interviews..

Joan Collins

Celia Imrie looks back on the life and loves of Dame Joan Collins, star of the big and small screen, sex symbol and all-round national treasure. Through archive interviews and her appearances on the BBC over the years, we hear Joan’s story in her own words. We discover how Joan survived the highs and lows of a career spanning five marriages and seven incredible decades, and see that the secret to her success is not just down to looks, style or even determination – but also a keen sense of fun and humour, that she’s kept shining since she first hit the big-time.

Before Talking Pictures tune in at 19:20 to catch a showing of a series from 2003, 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner' hosted by Anne Robinson and it features Joan who discusses who she would invite to the ultimate dinner party!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAME JOAN .. May 23rd 2020 ..



               Wishing Joan a most wonderful birthday today! 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : THE SUN .. MAY 16TH 2020 ..





TAME DAME 

My iconic sex swing in The Stud was tame compared to what’s on TV now, says Joan Collins


Thursday, May 14, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : THE SPECTATOR .. MAY 16TH 2020 ..



Joan Collins

The revenge of the oldies!

May 16th 2020




Entering my 54th day of quarantine, I recall how much I was looking forward to this spring in England. There were so many exciting events and celebrations planned. Several friends were throwing big birthday bashes; I was picking up a couple of awards, performing my one-woman show, going to Cannes, and most exciting of all, participating in a plethora of events surrounding the VE Day celebrations. All of the above have gone with the proverbial wind, except for, in a small way, the latter. The Queen’s Pageant Master, Bruno Peek, asked me if I could lead the nation’s toast to our heroes and heroines of the second world war.
VE Day dawned sunny and hot. Percy and I festooned the balcony with Union Flags and bunting, and at 3 p.m. I went out to face a battery of photographers down in the street. I made a short speech and Percy popped a bottle of Pol Roger. Since several neighbours and a few friends had come to commemorate with us, we went outside to join them, maintaining the two-metre rule (even though we’re the only country that demands such large distancing). We enjoyed a mini ‘street party’, laughing and joking, and for a happy hour forgot about the devastating times we’re living in.

As an actress I’m quite accustomed to enforced periods of idleness; for most actors it’s normal to be out of work most of the year. So I’ve managed to fill this boring ‘Covidacation’ quite well: four newspapers, three cups of coffee and two morning chat-shows kill quite a lot of time. But I have to admit it is now becoming paralysingly tedious. I miss my children and grandchildren, the camaraderie of friends, and going to theatres, shops, cinemas and restaurants. Zoom, FaceTime and Houseparty just don’t do it for me. They are frustrating because everyone talks at once and the broadband usually crashes, freezing faces in bizarre expressions or distorting voices into banshee groans.
I’ve always thought western society was terribly ageist, and I don’t just mean ‘showbiz’ folk but across the board. Then our government insisted the ‘over-seventies’ (horrible expression) were part of the ‘vulnerables’ (an even more horrible expression) and should remain in lockdown (the most horrible expression of all) until a vaccine is found. That was utter discrimination against the hardy individuals who have no health issues. But more harmful was bolstering the existing belief among the general public (and prospective employers) that the old should keep out of everyone’s way. Just before lockdown we were planning to have dinner with Piers Morgan and when I texted him to check if it was still on, I received a manifesto explaining that he ‘didn’t want to be responsible’ for my untimely death! The 88-year-old actor who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street is allegedly barred from work for this same reason. On a recent exercise walk in the park, my dear friend Christopher Biggins was accosted twice by ‘coronags’ yelling that someone of his age should be at home. I am in this ‘over-seventies’ group but, having never defined myself by age, I’m not about to start now. I married a man three decades younger, and at my last check-up my GP said I was ‘stunningly healthy’. I am lucky to possess enormous energy and enthusiasm for life. In fact, my husband is often quoted saying that I had to marry a younger man as my pace would probably have killed someone my own age by now. There are hundreds of thousands of others who feel the same way. Sadly, ageism is the last tolerated prejudice. We are not allowed to refer to people as fat and yet it has now been proven that to be obese (almost one third of the UK population) is one of the major contributing factors in Covid deaths. However, if the government had dared to propose that they too should remain confined it would cause outrage.
Furthermore, the old continue to be the butt of socially acceptable derogatory jokes. A TV doctor recently patronisingly chided us to ‘go back to your bingos and bowls’. If we are not allowed to mock anybody else, why should the old have to put up with it? And this patronising insult of isolation, well-intentioned as it may be, is the final straw on top of all the ageist abuse I’ve received since I was 40! I will not be chucked on to the scrap heap of life — like a little lamb to the slaughter — because of my age; and neither will many of my friends. An American girlfriend texted me: ‘Is this our reward for taking care of ourselves and living into our eighties?’ It’s time, with mask and gloves at the ready, for the Silver Tsunami!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

VIDEO UPDATE : CHARLOTTES BEAUTY HAPPY HOUR .. MAY 1ST 2020 ..



To launch her new online video beauty / chat show Charlotte Tilbury invited Joan to be her first special guest.. If you missed the first show you can watch it now! 

VIDEO UPDATE : VE 75TH .. DAME JOAN TOASTS THE NATION! MAY 8TH 2020 ..




As part of VE Day 75th celebrations, Joan was invited to Toast the Nation, relive the moment in this exclusive video clip!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

PHOTO TRIBUTE : ROY HORN ... 1944 - 2020 ..



Sad news with the death of Legendary Illusionist Roy Horn, of Las Vegas icons Siegfried & Roy.. I was lucky to catch their show a few times in Vegas and Joan was also a fan of their spectacular show.. Roy who after an attack by one of his tigers during a performance, almost died and when he finally recovered he was never his full self again.. These two wonderful shots feature Joan visiting the guys after their Vegas show at The Mirage on two of her many visits to the show..

Friday, May 8, 2020

EVENT UPDATE : DAME JOAN TOASTS THE NATION.. MAY 8TH 2020 ..


Joan led the nation in a toast for VE 75th celebrations, from the balcony of her Belgravia home, when she joined Percy in raising a glass of champagne to all who made sacrifices for their country..
You can see a clip of Joan earlier at the following link!
JOAN TOASTS THE NATION!



Tuesday, May 5, 2020

EVENT UPDATE : VE DAY 75TH CELEBRATIONS.. WE'LL MEET AGAIN .. MAY 8TH 9PM!




Join us at 9pm on Friday 8 May for a UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

As we face some of the most challenging times since the end of the Second World War, now more than ever it is important to come together and unite.
We need you and as many people as possible to take part in this national moment of thanksgiving and celebration, in honour of our Second World War generation.
You can watch and join in on BBC One, who will be featuring the singalong as part of their VE Day broadcast.
To encourage people to get involved on Friday, a host of celebrities have shared their renditions of the WW2 anthem - including Lesley Joseph, Antony Cotton, Dame Joan Collins, Bill Bailey, Simon Williams, Alison Steadman OBE, The Overtones, Ross Kemp, Elaine Paige OBE, Robert Glenister and Clarke Peters.

Join in at 9pm on Friday 8 May by singing:

We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again 
Some sunny day

Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
'Till the blue skies chase
Those dark clouds far away

And I will just say hello
To the folks that you know
Tell them you won't be long
They'll be happy to know
That, as I saw you go
You were singing this song

We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again
Some sunny day

And I will just say hello
To the folks that you know
Tell them you won't be long
They'll be happy to know
That, as I saw you go
You were singing this song

We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again
Some sunny day


Monday, May 4, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : HELLO! MAY 4TH 2020 ..


Check out the latest issue of Hello! magazine for an exclusive interview with Joan as she recalls her childhood during the war years as Britain celebrates it's 75th VE Day.. You can read part of the interview below!

"VE Day was the most amazing, fantastic day," Dame Joan recalls. "Daddy put us all into his car and we drove around London, which was full of people dancing and singing, kissing and hugging each other, climbing up lamp posts, waving Union Jacks and screaming with joy. We drove to Piccadilly and the soldiers and sailors were crawling all over Eros. I'd never seen anything like it.

"I was very young when the war broke out, so it’s hard for me to remember how it started. My father had to stay in London because he was putting on shows to entertain people who were staying behind. But I was evacuated constantly. My sister Jackie and I were taken by my father to a variety of places – Chichester, Bognor, Brighton and Norfolk. We were all over the place. My favourite was Ilfracombe. To get to the beach you had to go under a dark tunnel, which was very exciting for my sister and me, and then you’d get onto these beautiful golden sands and rocks.



"My schooling was a disaster because every time we went to a new place, I had to go to a new school. That was very tough. But we were lucky because we were always with our mother, and that made a big difference." The award-winning actress also recalled sleeping in the Underground, saying: "We went to the one at Marble Arch the most. It was very convivial – people would have accordions and they’d sing. There was a little bit of dancing – so long as they didn’t fall into the train tracks."
And Joan has a special message for war veterans this VE Day, saying: "On this VE day I want to thank all the fabulous soldiers and sailors, marines and WAAFs, Wrens and RAF pilots and everybody who helped us win that war. And much love to you who are still with us – thank you." Dame Joan Collins is supporting the Royal British Legion's virtual VE Day celebrations.
See this week's issue of HELLO! out now for the full interview.

CHARITY UPDATE : OK! CLOSET CLEAR OUT FOR REFUGE .. MAY 4TH 2020 ..


You can own these fabulous shoes which have been donated by Joan to raise funds for Refuge and organised by OK! magazine for their Closet Clear Out campaign just launched...
These stunning creations by Robert Cavailli were worn by Joan for a recent Tatler shoot... 
You can place your bid at the following link!

BID ON JOAN'S ROBERT CAVALLI SHOES HERE!!


Sunday, May 3, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : THE SUNDAY TIMES .. MAY 3RD 2020 ..

DAME JOAN COLLINS ON WHAT IT TAKES TO LOOK GOOD


She has been a movie star for 69 years, worn more black eyeliner than Cleopatra and been photographed as much as a royal. So how does a beauty icon stay glamorous? The queen of drama shares her secrets




By Dame Joan Collins  May 3rd 2020 ..


When I look at pictures of myself as a young actress starting off in the British film industry, I am startled by how much my make-up style has changed through the years. Of course my face has changed too. My 17-year-old features, free of bags, sags and lines, had what now seems like a curious blankness. In my first film, Lady Godiva Rides Again, in which I was really just a bit part, I played a beauty contestant. I had a round face and stringy hair, and my measurements were 36-24-35. (How I’d like to have those now!) The make-up crew worked on my face quickly, slapping on panstick, which was a base as thick as wallpaper paste and almost as orange as Donald Trump’s face, black spindly eyebrows, no eye make-up at all and a deeply unflattering matte vermilion lipstick. This was the identical look that all the other actresses were given. It was far from the signature kohl-eyed look I would later come to be identified with.



Fast-forward to today and a totally different look is in vogue. I call it “Kardashian face”, as those three sisters look eerily similar. They have faces devoid of any lines, furrows or signs of ageing: perfectly smooth, Botoxed and lifted with large filler-treated lips, a tiny nose, the heaviest foundation and thick, black pencilled eyebrows. This look, along with extremely long, straight jet-black hair, is so popular with girls on Instagram now that one could get really confused about how many Kardashians there actually are in the world. This sort of make-up is not as new as its young wearers might think. When I studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in the early 1950s, I was taught make-up techniques that were for the stage and just as heavy as today’s “Insta-face”. Nowadays, though, I like the lighter touch, except for lipstick of course! I think the Cuban actress Ana de Armas, Taylor Swift and our own Felicity Jones get natural glamour just right. Lipstick is the queen of cosmetics and the one thing that always makes your face look better. Even the Queen now wears bright lipstick all the time. For me “nudes” are a waste of time.
Most women want to look younger and look good. Some want to look much more than good; they want to look as perfect as possible and glamorous. So how does one achieve a modern face without looking like a Kardashian clone? As you age into your forties and fifties, cosmetic surgery doesn’t always make you look younger, but stranger. We’ve all seen uncanny-looking 50-year-olds with blown-up lips and skin stretched like parchment. One should try to look as natural as possible, and cosmetically that is entirely possible today with a few tricks.

I have two specific things I believe in: ice and oil. Most of us wake up with puffy or slightly swollen eyes. Usually through the day they will calm down and start looking normal again, but you may not be able to wait. I learnt a trick from Paul Newman, after we worked together on Rally Round the Flag, Boys!. He needed to look fresh-faced immediately for the early morning shoots, so he plunged his entire face into a sink packed with ice and held it there for as long as he could hold his breath, which was an inordinately long time!
I thought this would be too harsh for me, and after I tried it, I discovered it was also seriously unpleasant. However, I saw the difference in Paul’s face when he arrived at the make-up department in the morning, often slightly hungover (he loved his beer); after this ice treatment he looked as fresh as a daisy. So I formed my own “ice age” treatment for my slightly more delicate complexion. I put a few cubes of ice, some water and two cotton pads in a small bowl; I’ll lie in bed and place the wet pads on my eyes for five minutes. When I surface, voilĂ ! Puffiness is gone, I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Of course I have cheat days. Who doesn’t? (And with this “plague” we’re now under, I guess I have a few more!) But putting on my make-up, perfume and brushing my hair makes me feel better, so I try to do it for myself. My make-up routine takes five minutes. Just as important, especially as one ages, is looking after yourself. I don’t drink to excess: one or two glasses of wine, or one martini maximum when I go out. I try to exercise at least three times a week (which I’m now doing with my trainer on FaceTime), and I moisturise constantly if I’m at home without make-up.
My daily routine is quite simple. After the morning cleanse, I apply a light oil with hyaluronic acid and retinol on my face and neck, then wait for 10 minutes before applying my base. My foundation is a world away from the goop that was plastered on me as a teenager. My preferred brand (my own!) is a very light and creamy foundation that spreads quickly and easily over the face and neck and has fantastic coverage. It also contains sunscreen, which is essential to protect your skin through the day. It’s like an artist or a painter with a blank canvas — from that foundation you can create whatever look you like, and there’s a kaleidoscope of looks today.

Like all of us, I took time to find my signature look, and I sought inspiration everywhere as my make-up style evolved during my twenties. The film stars of the 1930s to the 1980s mostly had iconic and unique faces of glamour. In the 1930s the dames had cupid-bow lips and skinny eyebrows; in the 1940s they were more natural with thicker eyebrows but thin spiky lashes. In the 1960s the “Twiggy” look was the rage — pale lips, pale skin and tons of eyeliner, fake lashes top and bottom, topped with a vast amount of hair. For the average woman, achieving this look consisted of endless sessions of backcombing, often combined with great swathes of plaits, falls and false hair, resulting in complicated coiffures of the kind they did in the 1940s. I still remember those wonderful 1940s and 1950s musicals where Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth and Ginger Rogers cavorted in intricate choreography, in equally intricate coiffures.


Then came the 1980s, when hair was huge, lips were glossy and the smoky eye was born. That, along with the Cleopatra flick, was my go-to look in Dynasty, and it became extremely popular, as did my short but elaborately teased hairstyle. I was thrilled when Elizabeth Taylor told me she had copied my coiffure. I still love that smoky-eye black liquid eyeliner; I don’t think I shall ever give it up. If applied properly and delicately, it can make the eyes look much bigger. I read that Coco Chanel once said that a woman should find her look in her thirties and stay true to it throughout her life.

My mother gave me good advice when I was 14, which I have passed on to my daughters: always moisturise your face with a good night cream or moisturiser, and do it again in the morning. And another piece of advice: as we are now washing our hands multiple times a day, keep a bottle of hand cream next to the sink, so your hands don’t end up looking like a crocodile suitcase!


Thursday, April 30, 2020

EVENT ALERT : VE 75 ..THE NATION'S TOAST .. MAY 8TH .. 3PM ..


Nation’s Toast organiser Bruno Peek is delighted that award-winning actress Dame Joan Collins has been named patron of this year’s VE Day celebrations.

Dame Joan will raise a glass at 3pm on May 8 on behalf of the women of the nation.
The Nation’s Toast, organised by Gorleston Pageantmaster Bruno Beek, pays tribute to the heroes of the Second World War who gave up everything to ensure the freedom we all enjoy today - some of whom may be joining in for the last time.
The event will include more than 1000 pipers performing in 27 countries globally.
Dame Joan said: “We must never forget the selflessness of all those who sacrificed so much to keep us free during World War II.
“This is why I immediately joined up to support The Nation’s Toast. This meaningful gesture recognises the importance of not only the brave veterans who fought on the front lines but also the courageous women who put their lives on the line for this nation’s struggle.”
She added: “I remember clearly coming home one morning, after spending the night in the Marble Arch underground during a particularly vicious raid, to find our block of flats had entirely disappeared and in its place, a pile of rubble.
“I stared at the faces of the ARP rescue parties, their faces drawn and soot covered, who had dug frantically all night long for survivors while I, as a child, could only think about the fate of my favourite doll who I’d left behind.”
For Mr Peek, Dame Joan’s involvement is wonderful.
He said: “She was one of the children who had to sleep on underground stations at night to avoid the bombs of the Blitz and she lived through the Second World War.


Sunday, April 26, 2020

EVENT ALERT : CHARLOTTE'S BEAUTY HAPPY HOUR .. INSTAGRAM .. FRIDAY MAY 1ST 7PM ..


CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAPPY HOUR ON INSTAGRAM HERE!

Tune into Instagram this coming Friday May 1st for the first in a new series of chat with Charlotte Tilbury, whose first guest will be Joan! Both good friends will discuss everything of beauty! Joan starred in Charlotte's highly successful tv and print ad campaign for Airbrush Flawless.. So don't forget to tune in at 7pm on Friday May 1st for a most glamorous hour!!

CHARLOTTE TILBURY HAPPY HOUR INSTAGRAM HERE!!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

AMAZON PRIME ALERT! : GERRY AVAILABLE NOW! APRIL 26TH 2020 ..


For those who have Amazon Prime will be delighted to hear that Joan's award winning short film 'Gerry' is now available to rent or buy! Click the following link for more information....
GERRY ON AMAZON PRIME!!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

PRESS UPDATE : THE TELEGRAPH .. FRIDAY APRIL 24TH 2020 ..




Joan Collins: 'I don't want to get Covid bum'!

By Joan Collins


I know it’s tempting to adopt a ‘whatever it takes to get me through this’ mentality, but routines are important, and I’ve been careful to keep one up since lockdown started. 
I’ll wake up between 7.30 and 8am and read the four newspapers I have delivered daily - one of which, of course, is this one – as I watch Good Morning Britain and This Morning. I can usually manage to spin that out for at least three hours, with endless cups of coffee and toast with jam – although if I’m being good I’ll have cereal. Then I do exercise, which I’m very disciplined about. Three times a week I exercise on Skype with my trainer. She’s fantastic, although this morning we were doing it and the internet went down half-way through, so there can be problems.
I’m afraid I haven’t been so disciplined elsewhere; I’ve been hitting the biscuit tin hard, and the chocolate box. Also Percy is the most wonderful cook, so he has been putting together delicious suppers for us both. I have noticed that the elasticised waists are now cutting into me. My bĂȘte noir has always been my stomach – ever since I was a little girl – and although I haven’t weighed myself, I guess I’ve put on a couple of pounds. I’m not worried about it because there are far more important things to worry about and be grateful for right now - and because I know I know that any weight gain is purely down to the situation we’re in.
People have asked whether I’m wearing full make-up every day – but what is full make-up? I certainly always put on lipstick every morning, and moisturiser. And I get dressed: we don’t like dressing gowns here. Contrary to what people think, I do own sweatpants. In fact I’ve got many horrible, ratty, moth-eaten cotton and cashmere sweatpants without matching tops that I wander around in, looking like goodness knows what.
I’m still very busy throughout the day, either taking pictures like the ones put out recently for Comic Relief’s limited edition £15 t-shirt, or making videos for the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice of which I'm patron: they’re so desperately in need of money. But I’ve also found time to go through the closet and put together things I no longer need or wear for charity. People are surprised to hear that Percy and I have been splitting the cleaning, but I’m a fantastic bed-maker and very good with a duster.


I’m such a sociable creature; we both are. And I’ve started having Zoom cocktails with friends like Christopher Biggins, Louise Fennell and other friends in LA. I’ll talk to my daughters on Houseparty, which is great.
While this lasts, it’s important for us to have something to look forward to. The other day I said to Percy: ‘Will you take me to dinner when this is over?’ And he said: ‘I’ll take you to breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for a month.’ We love restaurants, you see, and going out. I’m not a couch potato, and I don’t want to sit at home getting a ‘Covid bum’, but I know that we’re doing the right thing and paying such a small price when you consider what so many are going through. The thought of being able to see my daughters and my grandchildren again is constantly there at the forefront of my mind. And when I think about being back in our house in the South of France once again, beside the pool, with a group of friends? Well that’s a mental snapshot worth holding onto.