Joan enjoyed lunch at New York's iconic restaurant Sardi's and was seated under her own caricature which was hung in 1992 when she was appearing on Broadway in 'Private Lives'...
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Leslie Bricusse and Yvonne Romain: Golden couple’s Hollywood greats
MEETING Leslie Bricusse leaves you in a kind of whirl, to quote his song My Kind Of Girl.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Joan is one of the guests on the latest series of 'In Conversation With John Bishop' on The W Channel .. You can catch Joan's episode Tonight November 9th at 9pm with a repeat showing on November 11th at 8pm.
- Episode Summary: Golden Globe-winning actress Dame Joan discusses her early success in Britain as star of stage and screen; her move to Hollywood at aged 22, negotiating her salary with studio bosses at Twentieth Century Fox and winning a pivotal film role over Marilyn Monroe. John also talks to Dame Joan about her close relationship with her late sister, novelist Jackie Collins, the resurgence of her career starring on TV in iconic 80s soap opera Dynasty, and speaks candidly on marriage, heartache, being a mother and grandmother, and life with her soulmate, husband Percy.
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Saturday, November 4, 2017
Dynasty dressing is back, dahlings! Fashionistas sneered for years at those over-the-top shoulder pads. How delicious, says JOAN COLLINS, to see Alexis's style on the High Street..
Joan Crawford was never seen without them. Nor, for that matter, was the elegant Greer Garson. Even Ingrid Bergman, who made them look demure and lady-like in Casablanca, loved them.
During World War II, every woman wore a pair, even underneath their everyday outfits. I’m talking, of course, about shoulder pads.
For years, fashionistas and glossy magazines have been turning up their noses at a style that has been one of history’s most flattering and feminine. I’ve no idea why.
After all, wide shoulders accentuate the waist and hips and give a marvellously sleek silhouette. Those early screen idols knew that all too well, and their images remain iconic and timeless.
Alexis (Top left) stole the show in a glorious violet blazer. Fall back in love with shoulder pads for that flattering, feminine shape. Blazer, £21, dorothyperkins.com; Suede belt, £59, hobbs.co.uk; Skirt, £235, Paule Ka at stylebop.com
Alexis wore this fuchsia satin dress while making a martini in a 1984 episode. (Bottom Left) It’s so very Dynasty. Dress, £20, boohoo.com; Necklace, £15, marks andspencer.comSo I’m delighted that many twalks and High Street stores are a glorious riot of power dressing. Brace yourself, ladies. Dynasty fashion is back.
For me, of course, it never went away. I will always remember the time when, in the early Eighties, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin sent their models down the runway in dresses and jackets with huge, padded shoulders and massive, billowing sleeves. Suddenly the fashion world sat up and took notice. And so did I.
I had just started shooting a rather unsuccessful series on ABC called Dynasty. It was way down in the ratings and about to be cancelled. According to my agent, this would be a six-week gig — ‘but, maybe, if ratings pick up, you might get six months out of it’.
So off I flew to LA with a new Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket in my suitcase, plus my usual excess baggage.
At my first fitting for the then relatively minor role of Alexis Morell Carrington, the stylist showed me some neat little suits with June Allyson collars, some silk shirts (like the ones worn on Charlie’s Angels) and a couple of boring faux-Chanel tweeds.
‘These aren’t right for this character,’ I insisted. ‘She’s a sophisticate, a jet-setter. She wants to become powerful. She needs to wear haute couture and gloves, veils, hats and shoulder pads.’
A sharp yet feminine style (top Left) — just tone down the lapels. Blazer, £30, riverisland.com; Shirt, £153.61, shopbop.com; Skirt, £99, hob
A structured silhouette is a classic Dynasty look (Bottom Left), and the ruffles add extra drama. Dress, £55, riverisland.com; Earrings, £8, asda.com
Reluctantly, the stylist called in Nolan Miller, super designer to the stars. When I showed him my YSL jacket he was totally enthusiastic, particularly about the shoulder pads.
And so began a wonderful, decade-long collaboration between the talented Mr Miller and I. We agreed on everything — Alexis and Nolan adored sequins, cleavage, fur, gauntlet gloves, massive diamonds and hats; big ones or small ones, fur or lace, veiled or big-brimmed, berets and even pillboxes.
This soon became the Dynasty ‘look’, which also included big belts, small waists and stilettos. We loved thick, excessively embroidered jackets and coats, pencil skirts, strapless gowns and thigh-high boots. In fact, we loved everything that almost all designers are showing on the runways today.
And because audiences fell in love with this new look, Dynasty shot up in the ratings. In less than two years, it became the No 1 show on TV.
Was Alexis ahead of her time? Not at all. Actresses had been wearing these outfits since the first black-and-white films flickered on to the silver screen.
Think Jean Harlow in her slithery, white satin dress and feathered boas in Dinner At Eight; Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce; Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity; and Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Alexis wore this timeless, floor-length, gold lame dress in 1982 (Top left), when it caught Bette Davis’s eye. Dress, £70, riverisland.com; Shoes, £29, kurtgeiger.com; Cuff, £29, hobbs.co.uk
This sequined silver bolero had shoulder pads to die for.(Bottom left) Team a modern version with a metallic skirt for maximum impact. Jacket,
It was from these iconic stars that Nolan and I drew our inspiration for Alexis, who, as she grew more powerful, eventually became Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan.
Some of our other influences were Princess Diana in the early days of her marriage to Prince Charles, and most of the couturiers of the Eighties, such as Herve Leger, Azzedine Alaia, Christian Lacroix and Versace. But it was those shoulder pads that seemed to define the decade.
Krystal (Linda Evans) and I often wore silk or satin knee-length dresses, cinched at the waist and with the obligatory padded shoulders. They were amazingly flattering and are still a staple of many a well-dressed woman’s wardrobe today.
So, too, are the big-shouldered jackets often featured by Balenciaga and Balmain and, of course, YSL, whose iconic tuxedo still reigns.
To be honest, most fashion recently has left me cold and almost certainly never would have featured on Dynasty. Striped socks and trainers worn with ball gowns, oversized, geometrically-structured pieces, clashing colours and jeans with holes — don’t get me started on those!
Whenever I see Theresa May in an above-the-knee, unconstructed frock looking overpowered by the men around her — all of whom are wearing suits with padded shoulders — I wish she would start wearing Alexis power suits, like Baroness Thatcher did. It would make a huge difference to her confidence.
I admit that after a few seasons, Dynasty fashion went overboard. Aaron Spelling, our producer, wanted Alexis to be the most powerful and stylish character. But when Diahann Carroll, who played my enemy Dominique Deveraux, came along, she demanded fur hats, diamonds and sumptuous ball gowns with massive sleeves.
The inevitable result was that my outfits became more outrageous and over-the-top. We should have signed some sort of non-proliferation treaty, because shoulder pads became weapons of mass distraction. When I crossed the line by wearing a suit with enormous padding and huge butterfly detail, Spelling barked: ‘Never wear that again. We want to see your f****** face!’
But it wasn’t all about shoulder pads. One of my favourite gowns was made of gold lame, draped and cinched, Grecian-style, at the waist, cut dangerously low in front and slit to the thigh. I wore it to the fabulous variety special Night Of 100 Stars in New York, where I shared a dressing room with, amongst others, the intimidating legend Bette Davis.
Sitting backstage, I became aware that Bette was staring at me. She drew deeply on her cigarette and then, blowing a blast of smoke in my face, said: ‘You almost have the dress on, m’dear.’
Yes, it was revealing, but it was also elegant, which is more than I can say for many of the outfits seen on the red carpet today.
‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it,’ is what I should have said, though the credo of some celebs — flashing side-boob, bottoms and ever-climbing slits — seems to be closer to ‘the sky’s the limit’.
Some of us did flaunt it in the Dynasty years, but I still believe our fashions were flattering, stylish and most of all fun.
So bring out the shoulder pads — and unleash your inner Alexis!
Recreate this classic look from the early Eighties with a modern twist (Top left)— wide-leg trousers. Jacket, £25, boohoo.com; Top, £9.50, marksand spencer.com; Trousers, £11, janenorman.co.uk; Shoes, £29, kurtgeiger.com
This huge hat and scarf frame the face. Try a faux fur design — these days they’re just as good as Alexis’s real thing! (Bottom left) Hat, £35, monsoon.co.uk; Stole, £69, thewhitecompany.com
Friday, November 3, 2017
|Joan with Amanda Holden & ITV Fundraiser winner Dan Coates|
|Joan chats with Prince William along with Rod Stewart & his wife Penny|
Thursday, November 2, 2017
The heat is on this December as Joan makes an exclusive appearance at Dubai Opera with this seasons hottest show 'An Evening With Dame Joan Collins'..
Book your ticket now...For the show of a lifetime!!
The following link!
AN EVENING WITH DAME JOAN COLLINS at DUBAI OPERA!
Book your ticket now...For the show of a lifetime!!
The following link!
AN EVENING WITH DAME JOAN COLLINS at DUBAI OPERA!
AN EVENING WITH DAME JOAN COLLINS
Actress, philanthropist and best-selling author, Dame Joan will grace the Dubai Opera stage in her new show that allows audiences to ask questions they have always wanted to know the answers to.
An Evening with Dame Joan Collins will see audiences enthralled as Dame Joan reveals some of the exciting stories and secrets from her long career
The show puts Dame Joan centre stage and gives audiences the opportunity to have an intimate chat with the world famous actress. The show takes it lead from the audiences' questions and allows Dame Joan to explore her career, the roles (and the men!) of her life. The production also features never before seen footage from her legendary career.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
|Joan as Madame DuBarry & Percy as Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre|
Monday, October 30, 2017
EVENT UPDATE : THE PRIDE OF BRITAIN AWARDS .. THE GROSVENOR HOUSE HOTEL LONDON .. MONDAY OCTOBER 30TH 2017
Joan looking sensational on the red carpet for The Pride Of Britain Awards the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.. You can catch the show on ITV1 on Tuesday November 7th at 8pm..
|Joan & Percy catch up with Rod Stewart & Penny Lancaster|
Delighted to announce that Joan's latest film will soon be available to view in the USA via iTunes and platforms such as Comcast, Googleplay, Youtube & Vimeo..
You can however preorder now on itunes at the following link for November 28th!
Pre-order 'The Time Of Their Lives' now!
You can however preorder now on itunes at the following link for November 28th!
Pre-order 'The Time Of Their Lives' now!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
As the witching hours approach with the impending arrival of Halloween.. The Joan Collins Archive wishes you all a most spooky celebrations... Joan is getting into the Act with murderous thoughts on her mind and a spell or two to Cast for that next big project! Happy Halloween Everyone! Or should that be Have a Horribly Horrifying One!!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
EVENT UPDATE : VALENTINO - ACADEMY OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD CELEBRATION .. CLARIDGES .. OCTOBER 18TH 2017 ..
|Joan has the selfie look with Valentino & Carlos Souza|
|Valentino accepts the award from Jeremy Irons|
|Joan catches up with Giancarlo Giammetti|
|Valentino had his cake.. and they ate it too!|
Monday, October 16, 2017
|Joan with Philip & Holly|
EVENT UPDATE : SIR ROGER MOORE CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND WORK .. PINEWOOD STUDIOS.. SUNDAY OCTOBER 15TH 2017..
|Bond producers Michael G Wilson & Barbara Brocolli address the gathering|
|Joan with Geoffrey & Christian & Adam Bricusse|
|Joan with Deborah Moore|
|Joan with fond memories of her dear friend.|
|Joan with Christian Moore & Stefanie Powers|
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Hollywood's casting couch and why I lost my part as Cleopatra to Liz Taylor: JOAN COLLINS recalls hiding in wardrobes, dodging naked producers and heeding Marilyn's warning that all studio bosses were 'wolves'
- When Joan Collins was 21, Marilyn Monroe poured out a cautionary tale of sexual harassment she and other actresses endured from ‘the wolves in this town’
- Just days after Marilyn's warning, the actress was propositioned by Darryl Zanuck, the vice-president of production at 20th Century Fox
- The meteoric descent of Harvey Weinstein has brought back memories for her
Shortly after arriving in Hollywood aged 21, under contract to 20th Century Fox, I attended a party at Gene Kelly’s house.
The star of An American In Paris and Singin’ In The Rain hosted a weekly gathering for an eclectic group of movie industry power-brokers, A-list actors and actresses, intellectuals and his friends. It was where I first met Marilyn Monroe.
At first I didn’t recognise the blonde sitting alone at the bar until she turned to me and said rather ruefully: ‘They wanted me for the lead in Red Velvet Swing, but I’m too old.’
|Joan in 'The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing'|
The part of Evelyn Nesbit in The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing was one of my first lead roles in Hollywood, but I knew it had originally been intended for Monroe.
Suddenly, it dawned on me that the woman in front of me was the legendary figure herself.
We started chatting and after a couple of martinis, Marilyn poured out a cautionary tale of sexual harassment she and other actresses endured from ‘the wolves in this town’.
I replied that I was weAs a 17-year-old straight out of RADA and playing my first leading role, I’d experienced a torrent of sexual harassment and the kind of behaviour that today is classed as abuse.
When I confided in an older actress on set at Ealing Studios, she told me to ‘like it or get out of the business’.
‘That’s the way it is. I know they didn’t teach you about it at drama school but you’ll just have to put up with it, I’m afraid . . .’
I decided it definitely wasn’t something I’d put up with. I told Marilyn I was well prepared to deal with men patting my bottom, leering down my cleavage and whatever else.
She shook her head. ‘There’s nothing like the power of the studio bosses here, honey. If they don’t get what they want, they’ll drop you. It’s happened to lots of gals.
’Specially watch out for Zanuck. If he doesn’t get what he wants, honey, he’ll drop your contract.’
It was a timely warning, because days later, Darryl Zanuck, vice-president of production at 20th Century Fox, pounced.
Breathing cigar fumes over me, he hissed: ‘You haven’t had anyone until you’ve had me, baby. I’m the biggest and the best and I can go all night.’ I was so shocked I couldn’t speak, so I just wriggled free of his groping hands and ran back to the set.
Later, I was glad that I’d said nothing. I heard that a starlet he’d tried to seduce had recently been fired because when he began his spiel with: ‘Baby, I’m the biggest in the business . . .’ etc, she’d fired back saying: ‘You better be, honey, ’cause you’re only five foot-two!’
|Joan on location for 'Island In The Sun' with James Mason , Daryl Zanuck, Ronald Squire & Patricia Owens|
And I can confirm that it wasn’t just the stuff of legend that he had a golden replica of his manhood on his desk as a paperweight. I saw it — ugh!
Now the events of the past week — the meteoric descent of Harvey Weinstein from the pinnacle of power in Tinseltown to his humiliating exile into rehab for his so-called ‘sex addiction’ — has brought back these memories.
Then, as now, a conspiracy of silence hung over the casting couch, and the bullying and sexual assaults young actresses were routinely subjected to. Speak out and your career was often over before it had begun.
My first encounter with the casting couch was in the early Fifties.
I had been signed by the Rank Organisation and was testing for a juvenile lead role in a film called I Believe In You.
I dodged one producer’s advances by hiding in a wardrobe in the costume department, helped by sympathetic dressers, and waiting until he left the studio before taking the bus and Tube home. But after my third test he trapped me and persuaded me to get a lift home in his flashy car.
On the way, he grabbed my hand and put it on his open fly. I screamed in horror and yanked my hand away. I’d never seen a naked man before, let alone touched one.
‘What’s the matter? Don’t you want the part?’ he leered.
‘Not this much,’ I said, then burst into tears as I realised I’d ruined my chances. Luckily, he was overruled by the director, so I got the role despite the threats.
However, he continued to pursue me, and when I told him I wasn’t interested and was still a virgin, he called me a ‘frigid little b****’.
And when I went to the U.S. I discovered that it was just as Marilyn had warned me.
Hollywood studio bosses considered it their due to b*** all the good-looking women who came their way and were notorious for it. Harry Cohn at Columbia Pictures, for example, had no qualms about firing any starlet who rejected him. He was totally amoral.
When his leading contractee, Kim Novak, had an affair with Sammy Davis Jr. — who had recently lost an eye in a car crash — Cohn threatened to have ‘the other eye taken out’ if he didn’t stop seeing her. Cohn was so powerful that Sammy did stop and hurriedly married someone else.
At Warner Brothers, the president of the studios, Jack Warner, fancied himself an attractive bon vivant. A snappy dresser and massive flirt, he threw glittering parties where one night he propositioned me, openly bragging about his conquests, which seemed to include every actress on the Warner lot and many from MGM, too. He was amazed when I didn’t submit.
When I was in New York, my agent secured me an interview with a famous producer for a role I really wanted.
I dutifully went to his office at 6pm, and as I arrived, his secretary was just leaving. ‘He’s in there,’ she pointed to a back room. ‘He’s waiting for you.’
I found myself in a bedroom, then a voice called: ‘Come on in,’ from another room. I walked in and there he was in the bath without even bubbles to cover his embarrassment — with which he was tinkering. ‘Sit down,’ he commanded, gesturing to the end of the bath.
‘Oh, I’m OK, I’ll stand,’ I replied.
‘Come on in,’ he grinned. ‘The water’s fine.’
‘Oh, ah, no thanks,’ I replied weakly. I tried not to shudder and tried not to notice what he was doing to himself.
After a few minutes’ chat about the role, which I argued was right for me as she was an English girl, he agreed I would be perfect.
Then he again insisted I share his bath. ‘I must go — I’ve got a date with my boyfriend,’ I stammered, aware there was no way I’d get the part now. ‘Who’s your boyfriend?’ he asked.
|Joan with Warren Beatty|
‘You wouldn’t know him. He’s a young actor — Warren Beatty.’
‘What are you doing wasting your time with unknown actors for?’ he said irritably.
‘I’m an important man, we can have some fun. By the way, how old are you?’ ‘Twenty-five,’ I muttered. ‘Twenty-five, huh? That’s not young in this business any more, sweetie.’ I stared at his ugly 55-year-old face, turned and left.
He called after me: ‘You won’t get much further in this business, kid, if you’re going to be so high-hat!’
Another role I coveted was that of Cleopatra. The head of 20th Century Fox at the time, Buddy Adler, and the chairman of the board — a Greek gentleman old enough to be my grandfather — bombarded me with propositions and promises that the role was mine if I would be ‘nice’ to them.
It was a euphemism prevalent in Hollywood. I couldn’t and I wouldn’t — the very thought of these old men was utterly repugnant. So, I dodged and I dived, and hid from them around the lot and made excuses while undergoing endless screen tests for the role of Egypt’s Queen.
At one point, Mr Adler told me at a party that I would have ‘the pick of the scripts’ after Cleopatra and he would set me up in an apartment he would pay for as long as he could come to visit me three or four times a week.
Running out of excuses, I blurted out: ‘Mr Adler, I came here with my agent, Jay Kanter. Why don’t we discuss the deal with him?’
‘Honey, you have quite a sense of humour,’ he spluttered.
‘And a sense of humour is all you’ll ever get from me,’ I murmured as I left. In due course, Elizabeth Taylor got the role.
But it wasn’t just studio bosses and producers who were predatory. Many actors I worked with considered it their divine right to have sex with their leading lady.
During my early days in Hollywood, I repeatedly said ‘no’ to the handsome, if short, Irish-born actor Richard Todd.
One night he followed my car and when I stopped at the studio exit gate, he shouted at the top of his lungs: ‘You stupid cow — you’ll be washed up by the time you’re 23!” I ignored him. I was under contract and on a good salary, so I felt reasonably safe until I hit 27 — widely deemed by studio bosses to be the age when women lost their sexual attraction.
Richard Burton was another actor with designs on his female co-stars. While on location in Jamaica together for the 1957 film Sea Wife, Richard told me that if I didn’t go to bed with him, I would ‘break his record’.
“What’s that?” I asked.
‘I’ve slept with all my leading ladies,’ he bragged.
‘Well, I’m not going to be another notch on your well-punched belt, so I guess I’m going to break your record!’ He barely spoke to me for the rest of filming.
George Peppard, who had starred with Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, dished out similar treatment. In 1969 we were making the spy thriller, The Executioner, and after attending a party to celebrate the start of filming he offered to drop me home — then tried to grab me at my front door.
When I pushed him away, telling him I was married and had two small children, he accused me of being ‘totally square’.
Like Burton before him, he didn’t speak to me for the rest of the movie, and since I had to do a couple of topless scenes with him, it was embarrassing to say the least.
Another actor whose ego out-paced his talent was Gene Barry, who had starred in The War Of The Worlds. In one kissing scene, he tried the old tongue routine, which I wouldn’t permit.
|Joan with Richard Burton in 'Sea Wife'|
Are you frigid?’ he hissed.
It wasn’t the first time I had been called that by men who thought that because they were rich and powerful, women were just their playthings. I’ve also been called a c**k-teaser, a shameless flirt and a cold, heartless b****.
Anyone naive enough to believe the era of the casting couch had been consigned to history will have been shocked by the Weinstein scandal and the predatory institutional sexism of Hollywood power brokers it has revealed.
But it’s not just the film industry that’s been complicit in sanctioning this appalling behaviour, and it’s not just actresses subjected to it. It may occur in any business dominated by powerful, ruthless and misogynistic men, and it’s women (sometimes men) in subservient positions who are unfortunate enough to have to deal with them.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. As my late sister, Jackie, a Hollywood observer and insider, once said: ‘Most men in this town have their brains in their d***s.’