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Joan Collins ACTOR


Joan Collins was born on May 23rd, 1933 in Paddington, London in England with the middle name Henrietta born to Joseph William Collins, a South African father and Elsa Collins, from Britain.  She had one sister and one brother and received her early years education at Francis Holland High School.  Later she went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.  By the age of seventeen, Collins was already signed to a contract with, J. Arthur Rank Film Company, a British film studio. 
She is most well known for her role on the television series, "Dynasty" (1981) where at one point she was being paid $120,000 per episode.  During the final season of "Dynasty" she was only in 13 of the 22 episodes as the producers could not afford to pay her salary for every episode.
Joan began her career in the industry as a stage actress first appearing in a production of, "A Doll's House" at the age of nine.  When she turned twenty two she made the move to the United States and settled in Hollywood where she began appearing on a number of films such as, "Lady Godiva Rides Again" (1951), "Land of the Pharaohs" (1955), "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing" (1955), "Island in the Sun" (1957) and "Rally Round the Flag, Boys!" (1958).
In addition to film work she also appeared on a variety of television series such as, "Police Woman", "The Virginian", "Batman", "Star Trek", "Fantasy Island" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.".
Other film roles she later added to her credits were in, "The Bitch" (1979) and "The Stud" (1978), both films made from her sister's novels which were highly successful.  She also added to her resume over time roles in, "Decadence" (1994), "A Mid Winter's Tale" (1995), "Alice in Glamourland" (2004), "Fetish" (2010), "Rules of Engagement" (2010) and soon to release in 2012, her most recent role in, "Saving Santa 2012".  
Along with working in film, Collins returned to her roots of stage acting and was seen in such plays as, "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney" (1980), "Private Lives", "Love Letters" and "Over the Moon".  In 2006 she toured the United Kingdom with her own show called, "An Evening With Joan Collins" and also toured with the play, "Legends!".    
In addition to acting, Collins was also given the opportunity to produce as well as star in the CBS mini-series, "Sins" and "Monte Carlo" (both 1986).  When her most popular television role on "Dynasty" came to an end she embarked on a new career as a writer and published her first book, "Prime Time" in 1988.  Since then, Collins has published a number of other books such as, "Love & Desire & Hate", "Infamous", "Star Quality", "Misfortunes Daughters", "The Joan Collins Beauty Book", "My Secrets", "My Friends' Secrets", "Joan's Way", "The Art of Living Well" and "The Joan Collins Cook Book". 
Collins has a very entrepreneurial spirit and also released her only exercise video at the age of sixty titled, "Joan Collins Personal Workout".  She is also involved in a number of charitable causes such as being named a patron if the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities as well as being named an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.  She is also very involved with Breast Cancer Awareness and became a patron of the Shooting Star Children's Hospice in Great Britain in 2003.  
She has never neglected her acting career and has returned several times to guest appear on such television shows as, "Will & Grace", "Roseanne", "The Nanny", "My Riviera" and "Guiding Light".  She has also added to her resume numerous commercial and advertisement appearances for such products as, British Airways, Cinzano, Canada Dry, Sanyo, Marca Braveria Beer, Old Navy, Marriott hotels and Snickers among many other products many for British television.
Collins also has a singing talent he has shared over the course of her career.  In 1959, she performed live, "It's Great Not To Be Nominated" at the Academy Awards and has done the vocals for a couple songs in such films as, "The Road to Hong Kong" (1962).  She also performed a song in an episode of, "Dynasty" and also released a solo single of John Lennon's song, "Imagine".     
Joan Collins has received numerous awards throughout her career in entertainment some of which include, A Golden Apple Award as Female Star of the Year in 1982, A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983, The People's Choice Award for Favorite Female television  performer in 1984 for her role in "Dynasty", A Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and an icon Award from Maxim Magazine in the United Kingdom in 2002 among many others.  
She has married five times throughout her lifetime.  First to Maxwell Reed from 1952 through 1957.  She then married Anthony Newley in 1963 and they had two children before this marriage ended in divorce in 1971.  Her third husband was Ronald S. Kass whom she wed in 1972 and they had one child before this marriage came to end in 1984.  She then married for a fourth time to Peter Holm in 1985 but this marriage also ended in divorce just two years later.  Her fifth and final husband was Percy Gibson whom she married in 2002 and remains together with today.  In addition to her numerous marriages she has had published affairs with a number of other men such as, Dennis Hopper, Arthur Loew Jr., Sydney Chaplin, Ryan O'Neal and George Englund.


2012   Saving Santa 2012

2010   Rules of Engagement

2010   Fetish 

2010   Verbotene Liebe 

2009   Marple: They Do It with Mirrors

2006   Ozzie 

2006   Footballers' Wives 

2006   Hotel Babylon 

2005   Slavery and the Making of America 

2004   Ellis in Glamourland 

2002   Guiding Light

2001   These Old Broads

2000   Will & Grace 

2000   The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 

1999   The Clandestine Marriage 

1999   Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 

1998   Sweet Deception 

1997   Pacific Palisades 

1996   The Nanny

1995   Hart to Hart: Two Harts in 3/4 Time

1995   Annie: A Royal Adventure!

1995   A Midwinter's Tale

1994   Decadence 

1993   Mama's Back 

1993   Roseanne 

1991   Dynasty: The Reunion

1991   Tonight at 8.30 

1991   Red Peppers

1981-1989  Dynasty

1986   Monte Carlo

1986   Sins 

1984   The Cartier Affair

1984   Her Life as a Man 

1983   Faerie Tale Theatre

1983   Nutcracker 

1983   Making of a Male Model

1983   The Love Boat 

1982   The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch 

1982   Homework

1982   Paper Dolls

1980   Fantasy Island

1979-1980  Tales of the Unexpected

1980   Bernie

1979   The Bitch 

1979   Game for Vultures

1979   Sunburn

1978   The Stud

1978   Zero to Sixty

1978   The Big Sleep

1978   Magnum Cop 

1977   Starsky and Hutch 

1977   Empire of the Ants 

1977   Future Cop

1977   The Fantastic Journey 

1976   Gibbsville 

1976   Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers 

1976   Police Woman 

1976   The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones

1976   Alfie Darling 

1976   Baretta 

1976   Il pomicione 

1975   Space: 1999 

1975   Switch

1975   Ellery Queen 

1975   Il richiamo del lupo

1975   Sharon's Baby

1974   Fallen Angels

1974   Football Crazy

1973   Tales That Witness Madness 

1973   Great Mysteries

1973   Drive Hard, Drive Fast

1973   Dark Places

1972   The Man Who Came to Dinner 

1972   Fear in the Night

1972   Tales from the Crypt

1972   The Persuaders!

1971   Quest for Love

1971   Inn of the Frightened People

1970   Up in the Cellar 

1970   The Executioner 

1969   If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium 

1969   Mission: Impossible

1969   Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?

1969   Besieged 

1968   Subterfuge 

1967   The Danny Thomas Hour 

1967   Batman

1967   The Virginian 

1967   Star Trek 

1967   Warning Shot

1966   The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

1966   Run for Your Life

1964   Hard Time for Princes 

1964   The Human Jungle

1962   The Road to Hong Kong

1960   Esther and the King 

1960   Seven Thieves 

1958   Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! 

1958   The Bravados 

1957   Stopover Tokyo 

1957   Sea Wife 

1957   Island in the Sun

1957   The Wayward Bus 

1956   The Opposite Sex

1956   Afternoon Film Festival 

1955   The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing 

1955   The Virgin Queen

1955   Land of the Pharaohs 

1954   The Good Die Young 

1953   The Adventures of Sadie 

1953   The Square Ring 

1953   Turn the Key Softly 

1953   The Slasher 

1953   Decameron Nights 

1952   I Believe in You 

1952   Judgment Deferred 

1952   The Woman's Angle 

1951   Bikini Baby 

1951   Facts and Fancies

Matinee Classics - Esther and the King starring Joan Collins, Richard Egan and Dennis O'Dea
Matinee Classics - Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Joan Collins, Jack Carson, Tuesday Weld, Dwayne Hickman, Gale Gordon, Tom Gilson, O.Z. Whitehead, Robert Banas, Billy Benedict, Robert Bohanan, Tap Canutt, Alan Carney and Richard Collier
Matinee Classics - Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Joan Collins, Jack Carson, Tuesday Weld, Dwayne Hickman, Gale Gordon, Tom Gilson, O.Z. Whitehead, Robert Banas, Billy Benedict, Robert Bohanan, Tap Canutt, Alan Carney and Richard Collier
Matinee Classics - Sea Wife starring Joan Collins, Richard Burton, Basil Sydney, Cy Grant, Ronald Squire, Harold Goodwin, Roddy Hughes, Gibb McLaughlin, Lloyd Lamble,Ronald Adam and Beatrice Varley
Matinee Classics - Seven Thieves starring Edward G. Robinson, Rod Steiger, Joan Collins, Eli Wallach, Alexander Scourby, Michael Dante, Berry Kroeger and Sebastian Cabot
Matinee Classics - The Great Adventure starring Jack Palance, Joan Collins, Fred Romer and Manuel de Blas

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