BOOK SOUP PRESENTS BEHIND THE SHOULDER PADS SIGNING..

BOOK SOUP PRESENTS BEHIND THE SHOULDER PADS SIGNING..
MARCH 1ST 2024 BOOK HERE ...

Monday, February 19, 2024

EVENT UPDATE : BEHIND THE SHOULDER PADS BOOK EVENT .. ZIBBY'S BOOKSTORE SANTA MONICA .. FEBRUARY 17TH 2024 ..



Joan at Zibby's Book Store Santa Monica with Zibby Owen

Joan made an appearance in Santa Monica at Zibby's Bookstore to discuss her new bestseller 'Behind The Shoulder Pads' and sign copies.. You can view the interview above... 

Friday, February 9, 2024

EVENT ALERT ... THE HOLLYWOOD SHOW .. THE LOS ANGELES MARRIOTT BURBANK AIRPORT .. MARCH 2ND 2024 ...


 Joan makes a welcome return to the very popular celebrity event The Hollywood Show in Los Angeles at The Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport on March 2nd from 11am till 5pm only.. You can book the show at the following link...

Book Tickets for The Hollywood Show here!

Sunday, February 4, 2024

EVENT UPDATE : CLIVE DAVIS PRE GRAMMY PARTY ... THE BEVERLY HILTON.. BEVERLY HILLS .. JANUARY 3RD 2024 ..

Joan & Blaine Trump  
 
Joan attended friend Clive Davis pre grammy party at Beverly  Hilton last night and was delighted to catch up with friends including Michele Lee, Blaine Trump, Michelle Phillips, Nicki Haskell and Denise Rich. Other notable music icons attending included Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick.
  

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

EVENT UPDATE : THE PRINCES TRUST USA LUNCHEON... THE MAYBOURNE BEVERLY HILLS... LOS ANGELES.. JANUARY 30TH 2024 ..

 

Joan with Victoria Gore, Pierce Brosnan, Margot McKinney, Nicholas Hoult, Jeremy Green & Stephen Fry


As an Ambassador for The Prince's Trust Joan hosted a lunch for The Prince's Trust Los Angeles along with Pierce Brosnan at The Maybourne Hotel in Beverly Hills.. The event was in association with fine jeweller Margot McKinney..


Joan with Pierce Brosnan


Monday, January 29, 2024

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

PRESS UPDATE : ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ... JANUARY 24TH 2024 ..

 

Joan with friends Juliet Mills, Jane Seymour, Donna Mills, Stefanie Powers, Alana Stewart & Jerry Hall


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

EVENT ALERT : BEHIND THE SHOULDER PADS BOOK SIGNING ... BOOK SOUP... SUNSET BLVD WEST HOLLYWOOD .. MARCH 1ST 2024 ...


 To promote the USA edition of  her latest bestseller 'Behind The Shoulder Pads', Joan will make an exclusive appearance at Book Soup in West Hollywood on March 1st from 6pm to 7:30pm to sign copies.. You can book tickets at the following link...

BOOK SOUP PRESENTS DAME JOAN COLLINS BOOK SIGNING..

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

EVENT UPDATE : THE 75TH PRIMETIME EMMY'S GIVING SUITE EVENT... JANUARY 13TH 2024 ..




 As a presenter at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards, Joan was invited to the Emmy Giving Suite a couple of days before the ceremony to choose gifts of her choice...

The Television Academy Foundation announced that Backstage Creations will produce the only official Giving Suite™ for the 75th Emmy Awards.

For the first time in Emmys history, the Giving Suite will be held at the Performers Nominee Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, two days before the Emmys telecast.

Nominated performers, cast members from nominated shows and 2023 Emmy presenters will be invited to choose from a collection of luxury gifts in the Giving Suite and will autograph items to be auctioned by the Foundation to help support its unparalleled programs of education, inclusion and historic preservation. Participating sponsors will also make contributions to benefit the nonprofit, which provides career pathways and television-industry access for students across the country.

For the 11th year the suite will be produced by Karen Wood and Backstage Creations, specialists in award show gifts and custom backstage gift suites. Backstage Creations is the sole, authorized vendor for the official Emmy Awards Giving Suite.

The 75th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Peacock Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, (8:00-11:00 PM EST/5:00-8:00 PM PST) on FOX.

About the Television Academy Foundation
Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs such as The Interviews: An Oral History of Television, College Television Awards and Summit, Student Internship Program, and the Media Educators Conference, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, please visit TelevisionAcademy.com/Foundation.

About Backstage Creations
Created in 2000 by Karen Wood, formerly a talent coordinator on over 50 award shows, Backstage Creations gives major corporations as well as up-and-coming designers the exclusive opportunity to personally introduce their products and services to celebrities. The company originated the gift-suite concept and has created Celebrity Retreats™ at various industry awards from the Screen Actors Guild Awards to the MTV Awards. Backstage Creations puts an emphasis on charitable donations at each of its retreats, giving celebrity attendees the opportunity to both give and receive through unique partnerships at these events. For more information, visit backstagecreations.com.

Download the press release here.


EVENT UPDATE : THE 75TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS .. THE PEACOCK THEATRE .. LOS ANGELES .. JANUARY 15TH 2024 ..

 


As the Emmy Awards celebrates 75 years, Joan was invited to present the award for best limited or anthology series with The Color Purple star Taraji P Henson.. The 75th Emmy Awards were held at
The Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles..




Thursday, January 11, 2024

EVENT UPDATE : CIPRIANI BEVERLY HILLS OPENING NIGHT... BEVERLY HILLS CALIFORNIA .. JANUARY 10TH 2024 ..


 After spending Christmas in London with her family, Joan is now back in Los Angeles.. To start the New Year Joan attended the opening night of Cipriani's new Beverly Hills restaurant...


Beverly Hills brings glitz, glamour and Italian-Venetian cuisine to Camden Drive..

Cipriani opened in Beverly Hills on Jan.10, bringing classic glamour, impeccable service, and Italian and Venetian recipes to Camden Drive. As the first Cipriani location in California, Cipriani Beverly Hills will continue the four-generation family tradition of “to serve is first to love.”

Designed by Florentine architect Michele Bonan, who has collaborated with Cipriani on several other locations around the world, Cipriani Beverly Hills embodies a sleek nautical aesthetic featuring polished wood interiors with steel trim, distinctive brown leather chairs, Murano chandeliers, black and white fashion photography and deep green velvet accents.

The restaurant also features a Jazz Café designed by Carlos Almada, which captures the timeless elegance and sophistication of old Hollywood with zebra fabrics, arches, palm trees, a grand piano and more, offering guests an escape to a parallel reality that emulates the enchanting world of the silver screen. The Jazz Café will be open to diners three nights per week and will also be available for rental as a private event space.

The class and luxury of Cipriani can now be enjoyed on Camden Drive in Beverly Hills. (photo courtesy of Cipriani)

Come Spring, Cipriani Beverly Hills will open its beautiful patio for outdoor dining.

“We are very excited to open in the heart of Beverly Hills, in an area that sees many prestigious art and entertainment neighbors and we are looking forward to serving local and international customers alike,” said Maggio Cipriani, fourth generation of the Cipriani family and President of Cipriani USA.

Guests can expect classic Cipriani dishes including baked tagliolini with ham, calves liver alla Veneziana, carpaccio alla Cipriani and vanilla meringue cake among many other specialties.

Cipriani Beverly Hills is located at 362 N. Camden Dr. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week – Sunday to Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. The Jazz Café will be open on Thursday: 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday: 5:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Cipriani has developed restaurants, landmarked event spaces, residential, luxury hotels and private membership clubs around the world including Venice, Milan, New York, Miami, Mexico City, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Monte Carlo, Ibiza, Marbella, Riyadh, Las Vegas, Istanbul, Doha, Bahrain, and the upcoming Beverly Hills and Punta del Este.

For information, visit cipriani .com


Wednesday, January 10, 2024

PRESS UPDATE : WALL STREET JOURNAL .. JANUARY 9TH 2024 ..

 


Hollywood ‘Bad Girl’ Joan Collins Began as a Good Girl in London

The actress and memoirist on her mother’s influence and her bond with her late sister, novelist Jackie Collins

                                                                By Marc Myers

Joan Collins is an award-winning English actress best known for her roles in TV’s “Dynasty” and “The Royals” as well as in the films “The Opposite Sex,” “The Bitch” and “The Time of Their Lives.” Her latest book is “Behind the Shoulder Pads: Tales I Tell My Friends” (Permuted). She spoke with Marc Myers. 

My parents were very protective. As soon as World War II began in 1939, they whisked Jackie, my baby sister, and me off to Bognor Regis, a town on the southern coast of England. Months later, we returned to our London flat, when my parents thought everything was safe. Then came the Blitz.


On the first night of bombings, our nanny woke me. I grabbed my Shirley Temple doll and my teddy bear, and we all descended the nearby Tube station to the platforms far below. 

Bunks had been built for us, and the atmosphere was jolly. People played harmonicas and everyone sang. After, I was evacuated from London 12 times and placed in different homes. School was tough. As a new girl, I was bullied.

                                    Collins with her father, Joe, in Brighton, England, in the 1930s

Our London flat was in an older, eight-story Victorian mansion block. One morning, after emerging from the Tube following a bombing, we saw that our flat had been destroyed. All our possessions were gone, including my Shirley Temple doll.

My father, Joe, was a theatrical agent. He was quite strict but very funny when he wanted to be. He was the boss at home, and what he said went. He never abused us in any way, but when he shouted, we were scared.

My mother, Elsa, was old-school. She cared only about her family and her home, and she protected us all. She had been a dancer before I was born, and my father’s mother had been a stage dancer. She encouraged my interest in performing.

Even as teenagers, we weren’t allowed to see films with violence or anything that might upset us or be a bad influence. We saw only musicals. They were enough to activate our imaginations. 

Jackie and I were ambitious. I wanted to be a serious stage actress. I was star struck and kept a big scrapbook of film stars’ photos. They were all so beautiful, elegant, funny and talented. Jackie started writing fiction at about age 10 and announced she was going to be a novelist. 

I first performed in an after-school dance program when I was about 3 and was in a play called “Why the Fairies Cried.” I received my first good review in a local paper: “Joan Collins makes a very believable fairy.”

Collins with her younger sister, future novelist Jackie Collins

After leaving school at 15, I attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. I also began modeling in women’s magazines and was discovered by a talent agent, who got me small roles in a few films. Those caught the eye of J. Arthur Rank, the head of the Rank Organization, Britain’s largest film studio.

In 1951, they asked me to do a series of screen tests for “I Believe in You,” an upcoming film. I played hooky from RADA, but Kenneth Barnes, the head of the school, found out. 

After I was cast, I asked for two or three months off to do the film. He said, “You can either be a stage actress or a film actress. Either you finish your theater studies over the next 18 months or you have to leave.” So at 17, I left to become a film actress.

When I was 20, my Rank contract was sold to 20th Century Fox for seven years. When I arrived in Hollywood, I didn’t know a soul. The studio put me into a hotel and rented me a little Ford. They told me what to wear, where to go, where to eat and whom to date.

Collins at her Beverly Hills, L.A., home in 1995. PHOTO: EDDIE SANDERSON

The mid-’50s in Los Angeles was fantastic. Everything seemed to be in vivid color compared with Britain, which was often gray and dreary. A turning point for me in terms of visibility was starring in “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing” in 1955, with Ray Milland and Farley Granger. 

As for “Dynasty,” I was born to play Alexis Carrington Colby. Being cast for the series’ second season, in 1981, was a life-changing role. I starred for 10 years. Nolan Miller designed my wardrobe, and we studied every outfit worn by Princess Diana in the fashion magazines. Then he copied them for my character, shoulder pads and all. 

Today, my husband, Percy, and I divide our time between homes in London, L.A. and Provence, France. 

In London, we have a cozy apartment in a modernized 18th-century building. I’m in the sitting room now, and the fire is on. Our place in France is very outdoorsy and very Provençal. In L.A., we’re in a modern three-bedroom apartment with a pool. 

Jackie’s passing in 2015 was painful. We were so close. I have all the letters she wrote me while I was in Hollywood and she was in London. The letters are in her lovely handwriting, on pale blue air-mail paper. Her three daughters have my letters to Jackie. 

I still remember Jackie crying after her toys were lost during the Blitz and doing my best to comfort her. We were always best friends.