Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019
Check out the cover of the latest issue of OK! magazine on news stands in UK & Ireland from Tuesday 29th October, which features Joan on the cover and an exclusive interview inside & coverage of last Tuesday's Frances Segelman Bronze unveiling!
Delighted to report that the 1991 miniseries of 'Dynasty The Reunion' has just been released on Region 4 dvd in Australia.. You can order a copy of this 2 part special at the following link!
Order Dynasty The Reunion Here!
FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD COMES THE SCANDALOUS CONCLUSION TO THE GREATEST TV SOAP OF THEM ALL!
Saturday, October 26, 2019
|Photo courtesy of Bob Peters|
Joan made a special appearance at the Made Up Leeds Festival earlier today to discuss everything beauty & makeup and the secrets of Hollywood glamour with her personal makeup artist Alyn Waterman..
Friday, October 25, 2019
|Joan as Margaret Rogerson Sykes & Luke Goss as Martin Dyer|
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Joan Collins: why I love London taxi drivers
Percy and I have seen quite a few movies recently and enjoyed many of them, which is rare. But the most enjoyable was Judy, for the performance of its star, Renée Zellweger. I met Judy Garland many times when I had just arrived in Hollywood as a young starlet and I can tell you that Renée resembles her uncannily, both physically and emotionally. Judy was fragile and birdlike, but her voice was strong and magical. I watched her sing at a party given by the legendary songwriter Sammy Cahn, who accompanied her on the piano. Apart from Miss Garland’s brilliant voice, it was fascinating to watch the audience. People who were great stars in their own right — Frank Sinatra, Rosalind Russell and Billy Wilder — were entranced by her performance. I last saw Judy perform at the Hollywood Bowl, an open-air amphitheatre. She was doing superbly, delivering a rousing rendition of ‘The Trolley Song’, when a moth flew into her mouth and she applied the emergency brake.
At tea with friends and their 15-year-old daughter, I was astonished to learn that at her school none of the girls are allowed to wear trousers. Not only that, but however cold it is, they can’t even wear above-the-knee socks, for fear of exciting the boys. The boys, meanwhile, are apparently allowed to wear exactly what they like — skirts, kilts, shorts or trousers. What on earth has happened to women’s rights?
It’s the same as it ever was: anything goes for the male sex. Just think of the whole silly bathroom fiasco. So many loos have been converted into gender-neutral facilities (or unisex as we used to call it) that girls are suffering from urine infections (I’ve read). The girls would rather hold it in than be trapped and taunted by the boys in an unsupervised, and therefore potentially frightening, place. The ‘ladies room’, ‘powder room’, ‘rest room’ has for centuries been a haven for us females. The floors are usually dry and you can finally escape that misogynistic old bore. It’s the original safe space. How ironic that the 21st century is removing them. In the 1970s, the famous Virginia Slims advert promised that we’d ‘come a long way, baby’. But the way things are heading, we’re going an equally long way back, baby.
Trying to get around London in Extinction Rebellion protest week was a nightmare, but come to think of it, getting around London for the past five years has been a nightmare. I confess I don’t walk if I have to travel more than a half-mile.That’s the prerogative of my age and tax bracket. Instead I take my favourite form of transport: the London black cab. I love these taxi drivers and their views on current affairs — mostly because they usually mirror mine. I’ve had several interesting conversations with cabbies recently who all told me that they are 30 to 40 per cent down on their takings because of the protests, plus London roadworks. I dread to think how many other workers have lost part of their livelihoods because of them. I know I haven’t recently been near any of the establishments I often shop at because of the maddening building works. Perhaps Extinction Rebellion should consider the damage to people’s lives as well as the damage to the planet.
Speaking of the endless construction around London, last Friday morning workmen began putting up scaffolding against the outside wall of our apartment building. When I asked the managing agent if they had permission to do this, she said she knew nothing about it. Now it turns out that they don’t have permission, nor a licence to alter, yet the scaffolding continues to creep up the wall of our building regardless. How is this allowed to happen? It seems that while illegal works are, well, illegal, the process involved in shutting them down is so arduous and expensive that most of the time it’s just easier to let whomever get on with whatever they’re doing because half the time they’ll be done with it before you stop them. And if that last sentence made sense then you should be in the building trade.
I won an award last week. I was honoured that the LGBTQ+ community, represented by the Attitude Awards, named me ‘Icon of the Year’ for 2019. It was fun to catch up with an eclectic group of people. Taron Egerton, who brilliantly portrayed Elton John in Rocketman, was charming — enthusiastic and witty. Shirley Ballas, whom I admire greatly for her clever and accurate critiques on Strictly Come Dancing, informed me that she was a fan of me, as I am of her. Cheryl (is she Cole these days?) came by for a cheery hello and we took a lovely photo together. I sat between the famed perfumer Roja Dove, all a-sequinned, and the equally sequinned Julian Clary, who is a really good friend, even though he tells the most outrageously exaggerated anecdotes about how he saved me from drowning in my pool in the south of France. Dream on, Julian!
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
|Joan addresses the gathering with Tamara Beckwith|
Joan joined good friend Tamara Beckwith at the annual Lady Garden Charity Gala held earlier at Claridges..
|Joan with Sarah Ferguson|
The Lady Garden Foundation is a national women’s health charity, raising awareness and funding for research into gynaecological cancers. We started in 2014 to fund groundbreaking research into the treatment of these cancers at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. As the oldest cancer hospital in the world, The Royal Marsden remains one of the largest cancer centres in Europe, with a truly global impact.
The money raised by the Lady Garden Foundation has funded cutting-edge studies which we hope will revolutionise the treatment of these cancers.
|Joan with Katherine Jenkins|
|Joan with sister in law Hazel Collins|
Monday, October 14, 2019
To celebrate Day of the Girl, 'Hello' magazine hosted a mother & daughter themed afternoon tea at Claridges to support Street Child Charity whose patron Sarah Ferguson celebrated a special birthday. Joan attended the event with daughters Katy & Tara... You can see exclusive photos from the afternoon in the latest issue of 'Hello' magazine, out now!
Friday, October 11, 2019
EVENT UPDATE : GWS AUCTIONS .. JOAN COLLINS PLAYBOY COVER GOWN AUCTION .. THE HARD ROCK CAFE HOLLYWOOD .. NOVEMBER 9TH 2019 ..
Joan Collins One of a Kind Jeran Designs Poinsettia Vermicelli Couture Gown Worn on December 1983 Playboy Cover W/Custom Dress Form, Framed Playboy Cover, Framed Gloves/Original Sketch & Life Sized Standee - This magnificent evening gown was worn by Joan Collins on the iconic December 1983 Christmas Edition Playboy Magazine cover. The gown is constructed of red chiffon and is beaded in the vermicelli style with red bugle beads and finished with a silver bugle bead and crystal lochrosen trim in various sizes. The form-fitting gown has a deep plunging neckline to the waist, a thigh high slit on the left side and a single spaghetti strap on the right. The hip and strap are embellished with handmade poinsettia flowers comprised of various sizes of crystal lochrosens, rose montee jewels, silver bugle beads and sequins beautifully matching the trim. The gown has a low back with three diagonal straps beaded with bugle beads, crystal lochrosens and sequins. The gown is accompanied by the custom made dress form of Joan Collins, framed presentation with the cover worn gloves and original sketch which is signed by Collins, Jerry Skeels and Randy McLaughlin, framed Playboy cover and a life sized standee display. Approximate measurements: bust-36", waist-26", hip-36"
Jeran Designs was founded by Emmy Award-nominated designers and life-partners of 30 years, Jerry Skeels and Randy McLaughlin. The pair were the epitome of Hollywood glamour through the 1980s and 90s, and created some of the decade's most iconic fashions. They created the sparkling red gown worn by Joan Collins on her December 1983 Playboy Magazine cover, and the infamous "Hollywood Graffiti Gown" hand-beaded with the signatures of over 345 of Hollywood's most influential women in entertainment and other fields. The Graffiti Gown took over 24 years to come to life and was created to bring awareness to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the United States. The gown was first envisioned by McLaughlin in 1980, and was finished and revealed in 2004 at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences "TV Cares Ribbon of Hope Celebration" where the duo were honored for their humanitarian efforts in creating the gown. In addition to the one-of-a-kind Playboy and Graffiti gowns, Skeels and McLaughlin created the wedding dress with a 10-foot train worn by Nikki Reed Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) on The Young and the Restless, and dressed the likes of Connie Sellecca, Cheryl Ladd, Lana Turner, Kim Novak, Donna Mills, Lindsay Wagner, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, Little Richard and the legendary Liberace at the height of the 80s and 90s. The pair also designed for the models on Star Search and spent 22 years designing gowns for the models and for prizes of "The Price Is Right," and created pieces for shows such as "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Joan Collins on Her Legendary Style and How Donald Trump Influenced Her Character on Dynasty..
From Dynasty to damehood, Joan Collins’s reach as a fashion icon remains unparalleled. Here, she sits down with her goddaughter Cara Delevingne to discuss the elements of style.
To celebrate Joan's Icon Award, 'Attitude' magazine features a sensational shot of Joan on the cover of the latest issue, out now! Inside is an exclusive interview with more stunning photos..
|Joan and Attitude editor in chief Cliff Joannou|