Joan Collins Biography

Joan Collins is a British actress and author best known for playing the vengeful ex-wife, Alexis Carrington Colby, in the prime time television drama ‘Dynasty’.

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Also Known As: Joan Henrietta Collins

Famous as: Actress & Author

Nationality: British

Birth Date: May 23, 1933

Age: 84 Years

Sun Sign: Gemini

Height: 1.68 m

Born in: Paddington

father: Joseph William Collins

mother: Elsa Collins

siblings: Jackie Collins, Bill Collins

Spouses/Partners: Percy Gibson (m. 2002), Peter Holm (m. 1985–1987), Ron Kass (m. 1972–1984), Anthony Newley (m. 1963–1971), Maxwell Reed (m. 1952–1956)

children: Katyana Kennedy Kass, Tara Newley, Alexander Anthony Newley

Net worth: $30 million as of Jun 16, 2017

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education: Francis Holland School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA),

awards: 1956 - Most Promising Young Actress
1957 - Star of Tomorrow
1957 - Motion Picture Magazine Award for Most Promising New Star

1982 - Hollywood Women's Press Club for Female Star
1982 - Golden Apple Award for Female Star of the Year
1983 - Golden Globe
Best Actress in a TV Series
1983 - Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Career Achievement
1984 - People's Choice Award for Favorite female television performer
1984 - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series
1985 - Madam Tussaud's waxwork unveiled in London
1985 - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series
1986 - Telegatto Award to joan Collins American TV shows and personalities
1996 - OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by HM Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution to the arts and ongoing charity work
1999 - Millennium Award of Achievement from Golden Camera Film Council
2001 - Golden Nymph
Outstanding Female Actor from Monte Carlo Television Festival
2002 - Icon Award from Maxim Magazine
2005 - Lifetime Achievement Award from San Diego International Film Festival
2008 - Legend Award from Los Angeles Italia-Film
Fashion and Arts Festival
2010 - New York City International Film Festival for Best Actress
2010 - Beverly Hills Film TV and New Media Festival for Best Actress
2011 - Cosmetic Executive Women (UK) for Lifetime Achievement Award
2012 - Shorts Awards
Visionary Actress
2013 - Lifetime Achievement Award
Sedona International Film Festival

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Joan Henrietta Collins is an actress and author who, after decades of playing minor roles in films and television rose to great fame with her portrayal of the vicious and revengeful Alexis Carrington Collins in the prime time television drama ‘Dynasty’. The beautiful actress is said to have resuscitated the then-struggling drama which during its second season seemed to be heading for cancellation. The first preference for the role was Sophia Loren who had turned it down. It was then offered to Collins who by then had only appeared in a series of B-Films and small television shows. Daughter of a theatrical booking agent, she made her stage debut at the age of nine. She went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and hoped of making it big in Hollywood. She made her feature film debut as a beauty contestant in the film ‘Lady Godiva Rides Again’. Because of her beauty, she was often offered roles of sultry and seductive women in B-Films. In spite of trying her best, she could not enter mainstream Hollywood or land substantial roles in major films. She made several guest appearances in television programs and low-budget films, and also started exploring a career as a writer. Till date she has authored many novels, non-fictions, and memoirs including the best selling novel, ‘Prime Time’.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • She was the eldest daughter of Elsa Collins and Joseph William Collins. Her mother was a dance teacher and nightclub hostess while her father was a theatrical booking agent. She has one sister, Jackie, who is an author, and one brother, Bill.
  • She went to Francis Holland School - a school for girls in London. Later on she went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
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  • In 1951 she made her feature film debut as a beauty contest entrant in ‘Lady Godiva Rides Again’. It was followed by minor appearances in films like ‘The Woman’s Angle’ (1952) and ‘The Good Die Young’ (1954).
  • She played the femme fatale in Howard Hawks’ epic ‘Land of the Pharaohs’ in 1955. The movie was a big flop and did nothing to further her career.
  • During the 1950s she gained a reputation as a popular pin-up model. With her pretty looks and grace, she often found herself on the covers of such magazines like ‘Span’ and ‘66’.
  • She portrayed the actress Evelyn Nesbit in a fictionalized account of her life in ‘The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing’ in 1955. The film revolves around the story of a beautiful actress whose former lover is killed by her jealous husband.
  • She decided to concentrate on her family life and did not work much during the 1960s. She made several guest appearances in television shows including ‘Batman’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘The Virginian’ and ‘The Danny Thomas Hour’.
  • She appeared in the segment ‘And All Through The House’ as Joanne Clayton in the horror film ‘Tales from the Crypt’ in 1972. The story revolved around five strangers who meet a mysterious crypt keeper in a crypt who tells them the manner of their death.
  • The year 1981 saw her fortunes change for the better. She was offered the role of Alexis Carrington in the struggling soap opera ‘Dynasty’. She was to portray the beautiful but vicious ex-wife of a tycoon Blake Carrington. She played the role to perfection and was greatly appreciated for her performance.
  • By 1985, this once struggling series became the most watched show in the United States, ranked at No.1. Collins was credited with resuscitating the fortunes of the show with her amazing performance. From 1982 to 1987, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award every year.
  • The series ‘Dynasty’ came to an end in 1989. The cast came together again in 1991 for ‘Dynasty: The Reunion’, a miniseries that concluded the series which had previously been cancelled abruptly.
  • Over the 1990s she continued appearing in guest roles in television shows and played minor roles in films. She also made a return to the stage and played Amanda in a revival of the play ‘Private Lives’ in 1990.
  • She is also an established author. She has written several literary works in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, lifestyle books, and memoirs. Her best selling novels include ‘Prime Time’ and ‘My Secrets’. Her books have sold over 50 million copies worldwide.
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Major Works
  • She is best known for playing the primary antagonist, Alexis Carrington Colby on the television series ‘Dynasty’ who is hell-bent on destroying her former husband’s life. Her character was named among ‘The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time’ by T.V. Guide.
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Awards & Achievements
  • She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997 by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of her contribution to the arts and her charity work.
  • She was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Diego International Film Festival in 2005.
  • In 2013 she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sedona International Film Festival.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Her first marriage was to Irish actor Maxwell Reed which lasted from 1952 till 1956. She then married Anthony Newley in 1963 and had two children with him. This marriage too ended in separation.
  • She exchanged vows again in 1972 with Ron Kass; the couple had one child before divorcing in 1983. She was married to singer Peter Holm from 1985 to 1987.
  • She married for the fifth time in 2002 to Percy Gibson. She is regarded as a glamorous grandmother for looking so beautiful and fit even at this age.
  • She has been actively involved in charities for years. She was made a patron of the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities in 1983. She is also an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

1. The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

  (Family, Romance, Sci-Fi, Comedy)

2. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

  (Comedy, Crime)

3. Tales from the Crypt (1972)


4. The Bravados (1958)

  (Drama, Western)

5. Empire of the Ants (1977)

  (Adventure, Sci-Fi, Horror)

6. The Big Sleep (1978)

  (Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Drama)

7. Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

  (History, Adventure, Drama)

8. In the Bleak Midwinter (1995)


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