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."