Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, DBE is an English actress, author, and columnist. She made her stage debut at the age of nine, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She entered British films in 1951 and went to Hollywood under contract to 20th Century Fox in 1955. In 1981, she landed the role of Alexis Colby in the soap opera Dynasty, which made her an international superstar.
About Joan Collins in brief
Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, DBE is an English actress, author, and columnist. She made her stage debut at the age of nine, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She entered British films in 1951 and went to Hollywood under contract to 20th Century Fox in 1955. In 1981, she landed the role of Alexis Colby in the soap opera Dynasty, which made her an international superstar and brought her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama in 1982. In 2015, Collins was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to charity. She was born in Paddington, London, and brought up in Maida Vale, the daughter of Elsa Collins, a dance teacher, and Joseph William Collins, a talent agent. Her father, a native of South Africa, was Jewish, and her British mother was Anglican. She had two younger siblings, Jackie, a novelist, and Bill, a property agent. She is married to actor Peter Fincham, and they have a son, James, and daughter-in-law, Emma, who is a writer and TV presenter. She has two sons, James and James Jr, and a daughter, Victoria, who lives in New York with her husband and two children. She also has a step-son, David, who works as a television producer and writer. She lives in London with her wife and three children, and has two step-children, David and James, who live in the US with their mother, and their son, David Jr, in New Jersey.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, James Jr. and her husband, James J. Fincham. Collins is a regular columnist for The Mail on Sunday, and is the author of several books, including ‘The Secret Life of Joan Collins’, about the life of the British actress and author of the book ‘The Queen’s Daughter,’ published by Simon & Schuster, £8.99. For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or see www.samaritans.org for details. In the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or click here for details on how to get in contact with the National suicide prevention Lifeline. In Europe, call the suicide prevention helpline on 0800 555 111, or visit the National Suicide Prevention Helpline in the following countries: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. In America, call the Samaritans on 08457 909090, or http://www.sophisticationlifeline.org/ or the National Suicide Prevention Helpline in the UK and Europe on 0800 909090. For more information, visit the www.nhs.org.uk.