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Joan Collins: “I was called the worst girl in Britain and the overdressed panther!”

Date: April 24, 2024 Time: 08:20:08

Dynasty star and Hollywood legend turns 90

Photo: frame of the film.

Yes, some will not believe it, but she is alive. And what’s more: judging by the stock of vital energy invested by nature in this woman, it seems that she is immortal. This is one of the few true contemporaries of ours – movie legends, along with, say, Sophia Loren (it was Lauren, by the way, who was the frontrunner for the role in Dynasty, which ultimately went to Joan! When Collins received the Golden Globe for this role”, specifically thanked his Italian colleague for refusing to play Alexis Colby).

For us she is first and foremost Alexis. It so happened that none of the dozens of films in which she starred was released in the Soviet rental. But she won’t hurt to remember them on her birthday.

“I CRY SO MUCH READING THE REVIEWS”

Joan was born on May 23, 1933 in Paddington, London. Her father was from South Africa, an agent who later worked with Shirley Bassey and the Beatles. Mom is an Englishwoman with French roots, a dance teacher. With such an origin, the girl was destined to choose an artistic career.

And she began to play at the age of nine: her debut was a small role in Ibsen’s play “A Doll’s House”. And at eighteen she was already a famous artist in her homeland. True, a bit infamous. The breakthrough of her was the role of her in the film “I believe in you”: she played a young delinquent. She then starred in the film Cosh Boy, which can be translated as “The guy with a cane full of lead.” It was the first film in UK history to have an X rating, kind of like our “18+”…

The reputation of the actress has developed accordingly. “They called me Britain’s baddest girl, England’s answer to Hollywood movie star Ava Gardner, a bitch, an overdressed panther and a coffee shop devil,” Joan began her memoir with this sentence. When asked by The Guardian if she liked any of those definitions, she smiled and replied: “No. People started writing about me when I was 17 years old. Some of the reviews were disgusting, they brought me to tears. a lot of crying. But I did it. And, Lord, today, not a single review will bring me to tears.

Critics are critical, but the Hollywood producers were very interested in the girl. And at the age of 21, she appeared in the great American film “Land of the Pharaohs”, staged by the great director Howard Hawks. She and she gradually became her own in America, to the point that not everyone remembers that she is actually British.

Yes, some will not believe it, but she is alive. And what’s more: judging by the stock of vital energy invested by nature in this woman, it seems that she is immortal.

Photo: GLOBAL LOOK PRESS

THE PRINCESS’S FRIEND AND THE QUEEN’S FAVORITE

Of course, the quintessence of this “Americanism” was the role in “Dynasty.” According to series producer Aaron Spelling, “We didn’t write Joan Collins into the script, but she came in and played herself. Right? We came up with a character, but 50 actresses could play her and 49 of them would fail. And she entered the frame, and everything worked!

Appeared in the second season. And until that moment, Dynasty was not happy: the ratings did not please anyone, the project, invented as a competitor to another soap opera, Dallas, seemed doomed to failure. But then Alexis showed up. And after a couple of years, “Dynasty” became the absolute favorite of the Americans, taking first place in all television ratings. Almost forty years later, who remembers Dallas? And “Dynasty” is remembered by everyone who watched it on TV in the post-perestroika years.

Queen Elizabeth II also appreciated her: in 2015 she gave Joan the status of a dame (this is the highest honor for an English woman, the equivalent of the title of “sir”). Juana, by the way, was a friend of Elizabeth’s former daughter-in-law, Princess Diana. And her death was a colossal blow to Collins: she almost cried, remembering how Diana was afraid of the paparazzi and the public’s attention to her person, how the actress asked: “Joan, how are you doing with your fame?”

Excellent, seems to be going well. And, despite her venerable age, she continues to act in the cinema. Her most recent film featuring her, the musical “Tomorrow Morning,” was released last fall. And, judging by the vivacity of her judgments, by how good she looks at 90, this is not the last photo of her.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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