Joan Collins

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Full Name Joan Collins
Age 87 Years Old
Nick Name Joan Collins
Gender Female
Famous As Footballer
Birth Date May 23, 1933
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Famous For

  • One of the successful British Entertainer.

Who are Joan Collin's Parents?

Joan Collins was born on 23 May 1933. Her birth name is Joan Henrietta Collins. She was born to a father Joseph William Collins and a mother Elsa Collins. Her father was a native of South African, whereas her mother was British. Her birthplace is in Paddington, London, in England. She holds English nationality. She had two younger siblings, Jackie and Bill.

She attended Francis Holland School in London. She later trained at the RADA. 

Film

She was signed to the British film studio, J. Arthur Rank Film Company when she was 17.

She made her feature film debut as a beauty contest entrant in the 1951 film Lady Godiva Rides Again. 

She has then appeared in numerous British films including The Woman's Angle, Judgement Deferred, I Believe in You, Decameron Nights, Cosh Boy, Turn the Key Softly, The Square Ring, Our Girl Friday, The Good Die Young among others.

Working in 1952 film, I Believe in You became her breakthrough film. 

She then moved to the United States to work in Hollywood.

She first appeared in American film in 1995 in Land of the Pharaohs. 

She then signed with 20th Century Fox.

She then appeared in numerous American films.

She appeared in The Virgin Queen in 1955, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing in 1955, The Opposite Sex, Sea Wife, The Wayward Bus, Island in the Sun, Stopover Tokyo, The Bravados, Rally Round the Flag, Boys, Seven Thieves, Esther and the King, and The Road to Hong Kong.

She then took a break to concentrate on her family. She then returned into acting working in television series. 

She later appeared in the film such as Hard Time for Princess, Warning Shot, Subterfuge, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? during the 1960s. 

She appeared in The Executioner, Three in the Attic, Up in the Cellar in 1970.

She returned to Britain in the early 1970s and worked in British films such as Revenge, Quest for Love, Tales from the Crypt, Fear in the Night, Jimmy Sangster: Dark Places, Tales That Witness Madness during the early 1970s.

She played in the Italian film, L'arbitro in 1974.

She then appeared in I Don't Want to Be Born, Alfie Darling, The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones, Empire of the Ants, Fearless, The Big Sleep and Zero to Sixty in remaining of the 1970s.

She appeared in Game for Vultures and Sunburn in the late 1970s.

She appeared in films, Homework, and Nutcracker in 1982. 

She later appeared in numerous films including Decadence, In the Bleak Midwinter, The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Clandestine Marriage, Ellis in Glamourland, Ozzie, Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism, and The Time of Their Lives, among others. 

She had a voice role in the 2013 computer-animated comedy film, Saving Santa. 

She made a cameo appearance as herself in the 2016 British comedy film, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. 

Television

She took a break from her film career in order to concentrate on her family.

She resumed her acting career via television.

She made numerous appearances in television series including Batman, The Virginian, Mission: Impossible, Police Woman, Star Trek, Roseanne, The Persuaders!.

She was offered a role in the second season of the then-struggling new soap opera Dynasty in 1981.

After she started working in Dynasty, the show became the most-watched soap opera during the 1984-85 in the United States. 

For her work in Dynasty, she was nominated six times for a Golden Globe Award from 1982 to 1987, while she won it once in 1983. 

She began producing and starred in the 1986 CBS miniseries Sins and Monte Carlo. 

Dynasty ended in 1989 and she later appeared in its miniseries, Dynasty: The Reunion. 

She has appeared in other numerous television series such as Roseanne, Mama's Back, Egoli: Place of Gold, The Nanny, Pacific Palisades, Will & Grace, Guiding Light, Slavery and the Making of America, Hotel Babylon, Footballers' Wives, Rules of Engagement, Happily Divorced, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, and Hawaii Five-0.

She has appeared in recurring roles as Crystal Hennessy-Vass in Benidorm between 2014 and 2017, and as Alexandra, Grand Duchess of Oxford in The Royals between 2015 and 2018.

She has also appeared in numerous television movie including The Man Who Came to Dinner, Fallen Angels, The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch, Making of a Male Model, Hansel and Gretel, Her Life as a Man, The Cartier Affair, Monte Carlo, Red Peppers, Annie: A Royal Adventure!, Hart to Hart: Two Harts in 3/4 Time, These Old Broads, Agatha Christie Marple: They Do It with Mirrors, among others. 

Theatre

1946, A Doll's House at the Arts Theatre, London.

1952, The Seventh Veil at the Q Theatre, London.

1952, Jassey at the Q Theatre, London.

1953, The Praying Mantis UK Tour.

1953, Claudia and David at the Q Theatre, London.

1954, The Skin of Our Teeth at the Q Theatre, London.

1980, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester.

1980–1981, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney at the Cambridge Theatre, London.

1981, Murder in Mind at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford and Theatre Royal, Brighton.

1990–1991, Private Lives at the Aldwych Theatre, London.

1992, Private Lives at the Broadhurst Theatre, New York City.

2000, Love Letters US Tour.

2001, Over the Moon at The Old Vic, London.

2004, Full Circle UK Tour.

2006, An Evening with Joan Collins UK Tour.

2006–2007, Legends North American Tour.

2010, One Night with Joan at Feinsteins at the Regency, New York.

2010–2011, Dick Whittington at the Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham.

2011, One Night with Joan Australian Tour.

2011–2014, One Night with Joan at the Leicester Square Theatre, London.

2013, One Night with Joan UK Tour.

2016, Unscripted UK Tour.

2019, Unscripted UK Tour.

Books

She has established herself as one of the successful authors. 

She has written six lifestyle books, memoirs.

Her books have been translated into 30 languages. 

Guinness World Record cits her as holding the record for retaining the world's largest unreturned payment for an unpublished manuscript. 

Her books are

Memoir

Past Imperfect: An Autobiography (1978)

Katy: A Fight for Life, A Memoir (1982)

Second Act: An Autobiography (1996)

Passion For Life: An Autobiography (2013)[58]

Nonfiction

The Joan Collins Beauty Book (1980)

Portraits of a Star (1987)

My Secrets (1994)

Health, Youth and Happiness: My Secrets (1995)

My Friends' Secrets (1999)

Joan's Way: Looking Good, Feeling Great (2002)

The Art of Living Well: Looking Good, Feeling Great (2007)

The World According to Joan (2011)

Fiction

Prime Time, a novel (1988)

Love and Desire and Hate, a novel (1990)

Too Damn Famous, a novel (1995) retitled Infamous for US (1996)

Star Quality, a novel (2002)

Misfortune's Daughters, a novel (2005)

The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club, a novel (2015)

Honors and Awards

Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 New Year Honors for services to drama. 

Promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2015 New Year Honors for services to charity.

1957: Star of Tomorrow

1957: Motion Picture Magazine Award, Most Promising New Star

1978: Saturn Award nomination, Best Actress in a Science Fiction film, Empire of the Ants

1982: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty

1982: Hollywood Women's Press Club, Female Star of 1982

1983: The Hollywood International Spotlight Award

1983: Golden Globe, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty

1983: Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Career Achievement

1984: People's Choice Award, Favorite female television performer, Dynasty

1984: Soap Opera Digest Award, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty

1985: Soap Opera Digest Award, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty

1986: Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comic Relief Role in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty

1986: Telegatto Television Awards, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty

1999: Millennium Award of Achievement, Golden Camera Film Council

2005: Lifetime Achievement Award, San Diego International Film Festival

2010: New York City International Film Festival, Best Actress, Fetish

2010: Beverly Hills Film, TV and New Media Festival, Best Actress, Fetish

2013: Lifetime Achievement Award, Sedona International Film Festival

2014: Awards "Freedom of the City of London"

2016: Arts for India, Lifetime Achievement Award

2017: The Global Gift Philanthropist Award

2018: Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to Joan Collins

2018: Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival (LA Shorts), Best Actress, Gerry

Honorary President of the RADA Associates.

Named a Patron of the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities in 1983.

Awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Association of Breast Cancer Studies in Great Britain in 1994.

Who is she married to?

Joan Collins has been married five times. 

She first married a Northern Irish actor, Maxwell Reed in May 1952 after he allegedly raped her. They divorced in 1956. 

She then dated actor Harry Belafonte during the filming of Island in the Sun. She got engaged to actor Warren Beatty in the early 1960s but they later split. She later revealed in her autobiography that she got pregnant by Beatty but she had an abortion. 

She then married actor, singer, and songwriter, Anthony Newley in 1963. The two had two children together named Tara and Alexander. They got divorced in 1971.

She then married American businessman and manager Ron Kass in 1972. The couple had a child named Katyana. They got divorced in 1983. 

She then married Swedish singer, Peter Holm in November 1985. Two years later, they divorced in August 1987. She married her fifth husband Percy Gibson in February 2002. 

She has a residence in London, New York City, Los Angeles, and France. 

Body measurements

Joan Collins stands at a height of 1.68 m i.e. 5 feet and 6 inches tall. She has a body weight of 143 lbs i.e. 65 kg. She has an average body build. Her body measurements are 36-25-36 inches. She wears a bra of size 36C. She has green eyes and her hair color is brown. 

- Her father was a talent agent, whereas her mother was a dance teacher and nightclub hostess. 

- She was invited to attend the funeral of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in April 2013. 

- She is the member of the Conservative Party. 

- She appeared in a 12-page photo layout for Playboy magazine at the age of 50. 

- She co-hosted the ABC-TV special Blondes vs. Brunettes in 1984.

- Her novelist sister, Jackie Collins died of breast cancer in 2015.

- She has a charitable heart for which a Dame was made by Queen Elizabeth II  in 2015.

- Collin appearing TV commercial for Cinzano was named as one of the Top 100 British Adverts in a Channel 4 poll.

What is Joan Collins' Net Worth

Her 1957 film, Island in the Sun was the sixth-highest grossing film of that year earning $5,550,000 worldwide. The 1978 film, The Stud grossed over $20,000,000. She has sold over 50 million copies of her books to date. She has also appeared in numerous television commercials such as for Gas Board, British Airways, Cinzano, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Sanyo, Revlon's Scoundrel perfume, Marca Bravaria Beer, Spectacular perfume, Marks & Spencer, Olympus cameras, Old Navy, Alexis Bittar Jewelry, Snickers, among others. In summary, she has earned her fortune working in the entertainment industry. As of 2019, her net worth is estimated at $30 million.