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Joan Collins



British actress Joan Collins, daughter of a London theatrical booking agent, made her showbiz bow in a production of The Doll's House -- in a male role. She was 9 years old then, and it would be the last time there would be any doubt as to her gender. With the sort of glamorous countenance that prompted people to ask "why aren't you in movies?", Collins first appeared before the cameras in a small role as a beauty contestant in Lady Godiva Rides Again (1953). She made an auspicious American debut as an Egyptian temptress in Land of the Pharoahs (1955). This assignment led to a contract with 20th Century-Fox, where despite a few good dramatic parts (Girl on the Red Velvet Swing [1955] in particular) and an adroit comic characterization in Rally Round the Flag, Boys (1958), she was written off by critics as decorative but nothing more. She was perilously close to "perennial starlet" status in the 1960s, and by the 1970s was the uncrowned queen of "B" pictures. Offscreen she cut quite a swath through the tabloid headlines; if her autobiography, Past Imperfect is to be believed, she dallied with virtually every male actor in Hollywood except Wile E. Coyote. Her maturation from mere personality to superstar came about when she was cast in 1981 as glamorous and predatory Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, the role giving her arguably the greatest exposure of his career. Though she continued to work steadily up until 2003, she never landed in a project as embraced as Dynasty but highlights include 1995's comedy In the Bleak Midwinter and 2000's The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. In 2015, she was cast as a modern Grand Duchess in E! first scripted series, The Royals, playing Elizabeth Hurley's mother.



Despite professional and personal setbacks, Collins has managed to survive in an industry that swallows up lesser starlets on an average of ten per hour. Nor is Joan the only Collins with talent and charisma; her sister Jackie Collins is a highly successful romance novelist, whose books The Bitch and The Stud were turned into films, both starring sibling Joan.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
  • Herself
2016
20% Saving Santa
  • Vera Baddington
2013
No Score Yet A Table in Heaven
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Ozzie
  • Maxine Happy
2006
No Score Yet Ellis in Glamourland
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Ozzie
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Golden Gong: The Story of Rank Films--British Cinema's Legendary Studio
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Andrew Lloyd Webber - Spotlight Performance
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Clandestine Marriage
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet These Old Broads
  • Addie Holden
2001
No Score Yet Hidden Hollywood, Vol. 2: More Treasures From the 20th Century Fox Vaults
  • Host
2000
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
  • Pearl Slaghoople
2000
83% Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Mrs. Potiphar Mrs. Potipher
2000
No Score Yet Sweet Deception
  • Arianna Stanton
1998
No Score Yet The Clandestine Marriage
  • Mrs. Heidelberg
1998
No Score Yet Hidden Hollywood: Treasures From The 20th Century Fox Vaults
  • Host
1997
No Score Yet The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story
  • Actor
1996
81% In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale)
  • Margaretta D'Arcy
1996
No Score Yet Annie: A Royal Adventure
  • Lady Edwina Hogbottom
1995
No Score Yet Hart To Hart: Two Harts In Three-Quarter Time
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet An Orchestral Tribute to the Beatles
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Cartier Affair
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet In Conversation With Joan Collins
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Monte Carlo
  • Executive Producer
  • Katrina Petrovna
1986
No Score Yet Sins
  • Helene Junot
  • Executive Producer
1985
No Score Yet The Cartier Affair
  • Cartier Rand
1984
No Score Yet Nutcracker Sweet
  • Mme. Laura Carrere
1983
No Score Yet Her Life as a Man
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Homework
  • Diane
1982
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre - Hansel and Gretel
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet A Game for Vultures
  • Nicolle
1980
56% Humanoids From the Deep
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Sunburn
  • Nera
1979
No Score Yet The Stud
  • Fontaine Khaled
1978
No Score Yet Zero to Sixty
  • Gloria Martine
1978
No Score Yet The Big Sleep
  • Agnes Lozelle
1978
No Score Yet The Bitch
  • Mrs. Fontaine Khaled
1978
0% Empire of the Ants
  • Marilyn Fryser
1977
No Score Yet The Bawdy Adventures Of Tom Jones
  • Black Bess
1976
No Score Yet I Don't Want to Be Born (The Baby)(It Lives Within Her)(Sharon's Baby)
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Great Adventure
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Devil Within Her
  • Lucy
1975
No Score Yet Terror from Under the House
  • Carol Radford
1974
No Score Yet Dark Places
  • Sarah Mandeville
1973
No Score Yet Tales That Witness Madness
  • Bella
1973
88% Tales From the Crypt
  • Joanne Clayton
1972
No Score Yet Fear in the Night (Dynasty of Fear) (Honeymoon of Fear)
  • Molly Carmichael
1972
No Score Yet Revenge
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Quest for Love
  • Ottillie
1971
No Score Yet The Executioner
  • Sarah Booth
1970
No Score Yet Three in the Cellar
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Subterfuge
  • Anne
1969
No Score Yet If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
  • Girl on Sidewalk
1969
No Score Yet Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
  • Polyester Poontang
1969
No Score Yet Warning Shot
  • Joanie Valens
1967
No Score Yet Alfie Darling (Oh Alfie)
  • Fay
1966
No Score Yet Hard Time For Princes (La congiuntura)
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet The Road to Hong Kong
  • Diane
1962
40% Esther and the King
  • Esther
1960
No Score Yet Midnight Lace
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Seven Thieves
  • Melanie/Madame De La Cruz
1960
No Score Yet The Bravados
  • Josefa Velarde
1958
25% Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
  • Angela Hoffa
1958
No Score Yet Stopover Tokyo
  • Tina Llewellyn
1957
No Score Yet Sea Wife
  • Sea Wife
1957
No Score Yet The Wayward Bus
  • Alice Chicoy
1957
No Score Yet Island in the Sun
  • Jocelyn Fleury
1957
20% The Opposite Sex
  • Crystal
1956
No Score Yet The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
  • Evelyn Nesbit Thaw
1955
No Score Yet The Virgin Queen
  • Beth Throgmorton
1955
75% Land of the Pharaohs
  • Princess Nellifer
1955
No Score Yet The Good Die Young
  • Mary
1954
No Score Yet The Woman's Angle
  • Marina
1954
No Score Yet Turn the Key Softly
  • Stella Jarvis
1954
No Score Yet Cosh Boy (The Slasher)
  • Rene Collins
1953
No Score Yet Decameron Nights
  • Pampinea
1953
No Score Yet Adventures of Sadie
  • Sadie Patch
1953
No Score Yet Tough Guy
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Lady Godiva Rides Again
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Making of Joan Collins
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Edith
No Score Yet The Royals
2015
  • Duchess of Oxford
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Potiphar's Wife
No Score Yet Rules of Engagement
2007-2013
  • Bunny
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Ruth van Rydock
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
50% Happily Divorced
2011-2013
  • Joan Collins
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Helena Barnes
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • The Siren

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