Thursday, August 30, 2018



Joan Collins: Why are people so baffled by the title ‘Dame’?

Attending my goddaughter Cara Delevingne’s 26th birthday party at the trendy Chateau Marmont hotel in LA, I was interested to see how today’s young dress to party. Forget the fairy frocks, cocktail dresses and lounge suits I remember from my Hollywood parties in the golden age; it was shorts, ragged jeans and T-shirts emblazoned with cryptic messages for the boys, and minute, fabric-saving, low-cut dresses for the gals. Or perhaps it was the other way around. Fortunately the Chateau hasn’t yet succumbed to the fad for gender-neutral toilets that almost every institution in the UK has adopted. Where is a girl supposed to apply some lippy and have a quiet gossip nowadays? These temples of privacy and comfort are slowly being stripped away from us ladies and it’s time to reclaim them before we are reduced to locking ourselves in the supply cupboard to get some ‘me time’ or to escape the clutches of a predatory boss. The party was amusing, with half-naked strippers parading down the stairs and a mermaid frolicking in the pool. But it’s better I stick to my own hangouts where a knee-length little black dress isn’t out of place.
I admit I like going to restaurants. I enjoy the theatre of them and I love good food. There are two or three in LA, London and Saint Tropez that I frequent regularly, where they greet me immediately upon arrival and are always happy to see me. So when asked to dine in a different boîte, I normally decline. I’m not keen at being stared down haughtily at the entrance by a millennial who asks, usually in the squeaky Minnie Mouse voice which is so de rigueur nowadays: ‘What is your name?’ When I recently replied to this query, she asked me to repeat it because she didn’t understand my ‘accent’.
As far as using the title ‘Dame’, I never do. Not that I’m not proud of it — I am, immensely, and I love it when a particularly clued-up person uses it. However, in America and France most profess to be baffled and don’t understand the significance of the prefix, so I feel elitist if I mention it. Every now and then a Frenchman will take a stab at it, but it usually ends up as ‘damn’. Even the English seem dumbfounded by the title, so much so that when anyone makes a phone call on my behalf and says, ‘Dame Joan’, they are asked to repeat it. Eventually, in frustration, they just say ‘Joan Collins’, which invariably the person on the other end of the line misinterprets as ‘John Collins’. Most seem to comprehend ‘Sir’, but ‘Dame’ is beyond their understanding. I’m mostly referred to as ‘Ms Collins’ and sometimes ‘Miss’ or ‘young lady’. How kind — or blind!
I have just struggled to open a tiny travel tube of toothpaste, ruining my manicure in the process. Cutting open the cardboard cover with scissors was no problem. Unscrewing the super-tight cap was an effort, but it was the minuscule fragment of silver foil covering the mouth of the tube that confounded me. It had an even more microscopic tab which immediately tore off, so I had to resort to a variety of different tools to achieve my goal. These consisted of a hairpin, nail-clippers, scissors, a fork and finally my thumbnail, which promptly broke. They have similar foil covers on pints of milk, with tiny tabs that declare ‘lift and peel’ as if this were the easiest task to achieve. Invariably, after an effort worthy of Charles Atlas, only the plastic sticker that says ‘lift and peel’ comes off, leaving the foil undisturbed. Earlier this morning I spent several minutes trying to stab off the plastic cover on a cucumber with a fork. It now looks like it was riddled by a machine-gun — like a vegetarian Valentine’s Day massacre.
I was thrilled to have been awarded ‘Best Actress’ at the LA Shorts Film Festival in LA, for the first outing of my new movie Gerry. In the 20-minute film, I play a poor elderly widow who is looking for love via newspaper lonely-hearts ads. Very 20th-century, I know. Much was made of the fact that my make-up expert, Alyn Waterman, succeeded — with the application of prosthetics and wrinkles — in making me look like a worn-out woman in her seventies. Ironically, that’s actually younger than I am. Approbation is what I and my fellow thespians seek. Kathy Bates, a Best Actress Academy Award winner, recently told me at dinner that her mother was often asked why her daughter became an actress. She replied: ‘When she was born the doctor smacked on her behind. She thought that it was applause and she’s been looking for it ever since.’

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Joan popped into the KTLA Studios this morning to discuss her award winning film 'Gerry' and her upcoming role or should that be roles in the new season of 'American Horror Story - Apocalypse' premiering Sept 12th on FX.. For those who missed it her it is!!

Saturday, August 25, 2018


Joan dropped into Universal Studios Hollywood to chat to Extra host Mario Lopez about her latest award winning film 'Gerry' and her many other projects for Tuesday's edition of the top rated entertainment show. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018


Joan Collins Reveals Her Biggest Career Regret (It Could Have Won Her an Oscar!)

It was the one that got away. "In 1960, I was offered a [movie] called Sons and Lovers, with Dean Stockwell," Joan Collins recently recalled to Town & Country. "I wanted to do it, and I don't think it was bad. However, I was living with and engaged to a young actor called Warren Beatty, who said, 'This is absolute crap.' So I turned it down." She soon came to regret that decision. 
"Mary Ure did it and was nominated for an Oscar," Joan said. "At that time I was more influenced by men." That didn't last long, though. "Everybody said to me, 'You'll be through by the time you're 24,'" Joan — who has just been cast opposite Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the next season of FX's Emmy-winning hit — shared.
Joan's wardrobe test shot for Sons and Lovers
"My father, all these guys in Hollywood... over and over again, I have been told this by men. But it hasn't been true yet," she added. Joan is now married to Percy Gibson and in a previous interview with Hello! magazine, she said that this is her best marriage yet.  
"It is my fifth marriage, and my happiest, and last," Joan gushed. "Percy is wonderful, he's my soulmate. That doesn't mean we don't bicker but we are very understanding of each other." The couple have been happily married for 16 years despite rumors that their union would never last.
"People are entitled to their opinion but it's good to prove them wrong," Percy told the magazine. "I've certainly never been happier and I hope that I make Joan happy because she definitely deserves that." 
For more on Joan Collins, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now

Saturday, August 18, 2018


Joan with Adrain Brody & Monika Bacardi
Joan with daughter Tara.
 Joan now back in LA and well into the shooting of the 8th season of American Horror Story, which premieres Sept 12th on FX. Joan enjoyed a well earned break in St Topez last month, where she caught up with family and many good friends.. Here is a selcection of pics, capturing all the fun..
Joan with Percy, Rene Horsch & Andrea Scoggin
Joan & Percy with grandaughter Miel & friend Stella Wilson 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


LA International Shortfest / HollyShorts 2018 - Gerry

When her husband dies, Hilda discovers a long buried secret that drastically changes the course of her twilight years.
Interview with Writer/Director Victoria Hollup
Congratulations! Why did you make your film? 
Thank you. Why does anyone embark on any artistic endeavour? For us, it’s in the hope that our work somehow resonates with somebody. Even if that’s just with one person, it makes you feel a little less alone in the world. And one of the main themes in our film is loneliness.
Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
You should watch this film because hopefully it will highlight that life is very short. Our protagonist, Hilda, lived in an unhappy marriage for 60 odd years. In the time we are given we should try to overcome our fear and live our best lives. Hopefully this film can inspire people. You should also watch this film to see Joan Collins like you’ve never seen her before. It’s a very brave and moving performance.
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
As cliché as it might sound, we all want to give and feel love. We all desire companionship. These are primal instincts no matter what age you are. Loneliness is a killer. We are all going to grow old, that’s inescapable. When you are lucky enough to have lived a long life you’ll normally have regrets. Our protagonist, Hilda, has major regrets.
Stephen Grief 
How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development?
The original script was 20 pages, but we had to be economic and condense it to 13. The fundamental story really didn’t change much but some characters, like Hilda’s self obsessed estranged son had to go. What did happen in the process was we quickly realised the only way to tell this story visually would be in B&W. Even though it’s set in the present time, it’s a story that’s very much about the past. To highlight the melancholy and nostalgia, the only way was to go monochrome. Direct influences are Alexander Payne’s Nebraska and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. We also wanted to hint-tonally-to the British new wave films from the 50s and 60s.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
LA Int'l Shortfest and Hollyshorts are the first times Gerry will be screened properly. It was in Cannes, but only a rough cut without proper sound, so we are impatiently waiting to hear about its reception in LA. We have only showed it to some entrusted contacts, friends and family members so far. People have laughed in the right places and got teary-eyed, and there’s really no better reward for a writer than that. People think it looks stunning, much thanks to our genius DOP Jaime Ackroyd, Arri and Goldcrest.
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on
We naturally want Gerry to have as big an audience as possible. This helping hand from you guys is very much appreciated.
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
Our super trooper producer, Hester Ruoff, as I write this, is in LA dealing with all the aforementioned people. We are looking for investors to develop Gerry into a feature.
Oliver Ford Davies
What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?
If people love or hate Gerry, it’s almost a bit irrelevant. Haha, ok – the first would be 'preferable'. But as long as they have an emotional response to the film, that’s the main thing. Without revealing the twist, there are some important issues we want to highlight with this film.
What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
The film does raise a very important question. However, if we were to go into the details it would be a massive spoiler to the plot.
What other projects are the key creatives developing or working on now?
Hester Ruoff is currently developing a feature, an American war film, and looking to shoot next year. Jaime Ackroyd was Assisting DOP on Outlaw King and is just back from Mosul where he shot a documentary. I (Victoria) am producing and directing a short written by an award winning Swedish writer, about a difficult daughter-mother relationship. Paul is producing a short with the two great British actors Louise Ford and Eileen Davies. Paul and I are developing the feature length version of Gerry.
When her husband dies, Hilda discovers a long buried secret that drastically changes the course of her twilight years.
Length: 16 mins
Director: Victoria Hollup & Paul Agar
Producer: Hester Ruoff
Writer: Victoria Hollup & Paul Agar
Key cast: Joan Collins, Oliver Ford Davies, Stephen Greif, Lynne Verrall
Facebook: Gerry the Film
Twitter: @gerry_film
Instagram: @gerry_film
Funders: Stefan Allesch-Taylor, Angus Henderson, Esther Paterson
Where can I watch it next and in the coming month: at Hollyshorts 10th of August at 2.30 PM at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Living Legend Joan Collins on Her Past, Her Future, and the Very Bad Advice She Got from Warren Beatty

The Dynasty icon is about to star in season eight of American Horror Story.
With Elizabeth Taylor gone, Joan Collins is the only actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood still working, still beguiling, still winning. We think of her as Alexis from Dynasty, but Dame Joan, who arrived from England in 1955 as 20th Century Fox’s new ingenue, has starred in such films as The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), The Bitch (1979), and The Time of Their Lives (2017).
More to the point, she has never stopped working; she is about to appear in the upcoming eighth season of American Horror Story. For any actress this would be a coup, but for one who played opposite Ray Milland and Richard Burton, it’s also a very hip gig.
“We have all been obsessed with her forever,” says Brad Falchuk, co-creator (with Ryan Murphy) of the series. “Joan is classic Holly­wood. A legend.” Asking what he and Murphy plan to do with their legend gets me nowhere, but Falchuk hasn’t told Collins any more: “I’m mum about her character except to say we are having a lot of fun writing it.”
Gwyneth Paltrow (soon to be Mrs. Brad Falchuk) is similarly enthralled. “She became a star when a female was allowed to embody only one archetype—the vixen—but she is so much more than that,” Paltrow says. “She is also one of the wittiest, most brilliant women I have ever come across.”
Collins received Town & Country at her Los Angeles apartment to talk about the past and the future, getting bad advice from Warren Beatty, and who really inspired the character of Alexis Colby.
Tea was served, anecdotes flew, and one tried to keep up.
Joan with Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen
Who were you most intimidated by when you came to Hollywood? I read somewhere it was Bette Davis.
Yes! I was 20, she was 50 or something [on the set of The Virgin Queen], and she was not happy. She didn’t seem to like anybody.
What is your husband Percy’s favorite movie of yours?
We don’t watch my old movies. I haven’t seen a movie of mine in forever. I’m not Gloria Swanson, darling!
Tell us about how Alexis Colby came to be. Is she you?
I was basing her on all the businessmen I knew who were heartless, really. The other part of her brain, the glamorous part with the over-the-top clothes, I based on one of my best friends called Cappy Badrutt. She was extremely glamorous, and unfortunately very miserable. But I don’t think Alexis was miserable. I think she enjoyed her life and lived it to the fullest.
Joan with Shirley MacLaine Elizabeth Taylor & Debbie Reynolds
When you came to Hollywood, who were you most excited to meet?
Ava Gardner. But I didn’t have just one favorite. I loved Vivien Leigh; Vivien was who I aspired to be when I was older. I thought that Hedy Lamarr was the most beautiful of all the actresses, ever. I also loved Elizabeth Taylor, but who didn’t?
What young actress do you admire now?
Sarah Paulson. I loved her in The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Every star has a role she wishes she had taken. What’s yours?
Je ne regrette rien. But in 1960, I was offered a script called Sons and Lovers, with Dean Stockwell. I wanted to do it, and I don’t think it was bad. However, I was living with and engaged to a young actor called Warren Beatty, who said, “This is absolute crap.” So I turned it down, and Mary Ure did it and was nominated for an Oscar. At that time I was more influenced by men.
Did you watch American Horror Story before being cast in it?
A lot of things happen when you go to those parties!
When I first saw it, I went to my agent and said, “I love this show. Can you get me a role in it?” Nothing. Then I met Ryan Murphy at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, and we had a lovely conversation, but I really didn’t think much more of it. Two weeks later we go to see Barbra Streisand at the PaleyFest, and I didn’t know Ryan was going to be interviewing her. We go backstage afterward to see Barbra, and Ryan says, “I just made an offer on you!” That was how I got Dynasty, too: meeting Aaron Spelling at a party. A lot of things happen when you go to those parties!
Bette Davis was once asked if she had any advice for young actresses trying to get to Hollywood, and her immortal response was, “Take Fountain.” What’s the worst advice you ever got?
Everybody said to me, “You’ll be through by the time you’re 24.” My father, all these guys in Hollywood… Over and over again, I have been told this by men. But it hasn’t been true yet!
Did you ever believe them?
No, darling.
This story appears in the September 2018 issue of Town & Country.


Due to Joan's filming commitments on the new season of 'American Horror Story', Joan has taken the difficult descision to postpone her tour of 'Unscripted' until February 2019! Individual links to new dates will appear shortly on The Joan Collins Archive..
 See a message from Joan below!

I was very much looking forward to touring the UK in September with Joan Collins Unscripted. Unfortunately, due to my commitment to American Horror Story, we have had to postpone the UK Tour until February this also now means that our previous date on the Isle of Man will now not be continuing. This is unfortunately out of my control and something we have tried very hard to avoid. I always love touring the UK and am always grateful to everyone who comes to see my shows, which makes this all the more harder. Please contact the place where you purchased tickets for the September dates and they will happily change them to the new dates in February or refund you in full. I hope you will be able to re-book and come see me so I can tell you many new stories about my latest projects.
You can find the new dates above.

Monday, August 6, 2018


Check out the September edition of 'Town & Country ' magazine which features an exclusive interview with Joan, here is a look at the stunning portrait page of the feature...

Saturday, August 4, 2018


Best Actress
Joan Collins - (Gerry) 

Delighted to announce that Joan has won the Best Actress Award at The 22nd LA Shorts International Film Festival, for her role as Hilda in the short film 'Gerry'.. The Awards were announced on Thursday evening in Hollywood, Joan was unable to attend as she was taking a break from filming the new season of 'American Horror Story' which airs  September 12th on FX.