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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

84 Groovy Things about Joan Collins on her birthday



Today I'm celebrating Dame Joan Collins' 84th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1) She was born in Paddington, London, on May 23, 1933. Her father was an agent whose clients would later include Shirley Bassey, the Beatles and Tom Jones, and her younger sister Jackie became a bestselling romance novelist.

2. In 1946, she made her stage debut playing a boy in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House at the Arts Theatre in London.

3. She made her feature film debut as an uncredited beauty contest entrant in the 1951 British comedy, Lady Godiva Rides Again (which was released in the United States as Bikini Baby).

4. She starred opposite James Kenney in the 1953 British film, Cosh Boy (which was released in the United States as The Slasher).



5. She starred in the 1953 British drama, Turn the Key Softly.



6. She played a woman who is shipwrecked on a deserted island with three men in the 1953 British comedy, Our Girl Friday (which was released in the United States as The Adventures of Sadie).

7. Director Howard Hawks cast her in her first Hollywood film, 1955's Land of the Pharaohs, which led to a contract at 20th Century Fox.

8. She played one of the Queen's ladies in waiting in the 1955 historical drama, The Virgin Queen, starring Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth I.

9. She replaced Marilyn Monroe in the title role of Evelyn Nesbit in the 1955 film, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing.



10. She played showgirl Crystal Allen in The Opposite Sex, the 1956 musical remake of The Women that also starred June Allyson, Dolores Gray and Ann Miller.



11. She played the title role (opposite Richard Burton) in the 1957 British film, Sea Wife.

12. She and Jayne Mansfield starred in the 1957 drama, The Wayward Bus.

13. She played James Mason's sister in the 1957 drama, Island in the Sun, which also starred Harry Belafonte (whom Collins had a brief affair with in real life).

14. She starred opposite Robert Wagner in the 1957 espionage drama, Stopover Toyko.

15. She starred opposite Gregory Peck in the 1958 western, The Bravados.

16. She starred in the 1958 film, Rally Round the Flag, Boys!, with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

17. She performed "It's Great Not to Be Nominated" with Angela Lansbury and Dana Wynter at the 31st Academy Awards on April 6, 1959.



18. In 1959, she did a screen test for the title role in the 1963 film, Cleopatra, but Elizabeth Taylor was eventually cast instead.



19. She played a secret agent in the 1962 British comedy, The Road to Hong Kong, starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.



20. She was the Mystery Guest on What's My Line? on April 1, 1962, and on May 30, 1965 (with her second husband, Anthony Newley).




21. She played two roles - Baroness Bibi de Chasseur and Rosy Shlagenheimer - in a 1966 episode of the NBC series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

22. She played Captain Kirk's love interest, Edith Keeler, in a 1967 episode of the NBC series, Star Trek.



23. She played Siren in two 1967 episodes of the ABC series, Batman.

24. She played Polyester Poontang in the 1968 British musical film, Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?, directed by and starring her husband Anthony Newley.



25. She played a double agent in a 1969 episode of the CBS series, Mission: Impossible.

26. She played Larry Hagman's wife in the 1970 film, Up in the Cellar.



27. She played a woman who kills her husband on Christmas Eve in the 1972 British horror film, Tales from the Crypt.



28. On November 29, 1972, she played actress Lorraine Sheldon in an NBC Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Man Who Came to Dinner, which also starred Orson Welles, Lee Remick, Don Knotts and Marty Feldman.

29. She played Christopher Lee's sister in the 1973 British horror film, Dark Places.



30. She appeared in the 1973 British horror film, Tales That Witness Madness, which also starred Kim Novak.

31. She starred in the 1975 British horror film, I Don't Want to Be Born (which was released in the United States as The Devil Within Her).



32. She appeared in a 1975 episode of the CBS series, Switch.



33. She guest starred in a 1975 episode of the British series, Space: 1999.



34. She appeared in the 1976 British comedy, The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones.



35. She appeared in two 1976 episodes of the NBC series, Police Woman.

36. She appeared in the 1976 NBC miniseries, Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers, which starred Kirk Douglas, Christopher Plummer, Lorne Greene, Anne Baxter and Helen Hayes.

37. She played Queen Halyana in a 1977 episode of the NBC series, The Fantastic Journey.



38. She starred in the 1977 science fiction horror film, Empire of the Ants.

39. She and Samantha Eggar were guest stars in a two-part 1977 episode of the ABC series, Starsky & Hutch.

40. She appeared in the 1978 film, The Big Sleep, starring Robert Mitchum.

41. Her film career was revived when she starred as rich-bitch disco owner Fontaine Khaled in the 1978 British hit, The Stud, which was based on her sister Jackie's 1969 novel, and she was interviewed by ABC News while promoting the film in Australia.




42. She appeared in the 1978 comedy, Zero to Sixty, which also starred Darren McGavin, Gordon MacRae, Lyle Waggoner and the Hudson Brothers.

43. She played a nymphomaniac in the 1979 comedy, Sunburn, starring Farrah Fawcett, Charles Grodin and Art Carney.

44. She reprised her role as disco owner Fontaine Khaled in 1979's The Bitch, a sequel to The Stud.



45. She appeared in three episodes of the British series, Tales of the Unexpected, in 1979-80.



46. She played a woman who yearns to immerse herself in the world of Cleopatra in a 1980 episode of ABC's Fantasy Island.

47. She won a 1983 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama and received a 1984 Emmy Award nomination for her performance as Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan on the 1981-89 ABC series, Dynasty.






48. In February 1982, she and Susan Lucci appeared on the All-Star Family Feud Special: Heroes vs. Villains.



49. In April 1982, she and her third husband Ron Kass appeared on the CBS game show, Tattletales.




50. She played modeling agency owner Racine in the 1982 ABC movie, Paper Dolls (which became a 1984 ABC series starring Morgan Fairchild as Racine).

51. She starred in the 1982 comedy, Homework.

52. She played the town madame in the 1982 ABC movie, The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch, which also starred Priscilla Barnes, Lee Horsley and Donny Osmond.

53. She played the wealthy owner of a ballet company in the 1982 British drama, Nutcracker, which also starred Finola Hughes.



54. On February 19, 1983, she played Captain Stubing's movie star crush in an episode of The Love Boat.



55. She starred opposite Jon-Erik Hexum in the ABC movie, Making of a Male Model, which aired on October 9, 1983.



56. In December 1983, she posed in a photo spread for Playboy magazine.

57. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 14, 1983.

58. On April 9, 1984, she was interviewed on ABC's The Barbara Walters Special.



59. She and Morgan Fairchild were co-hosts of the ABC special, Blondes vs. Brunettes, on May 14, 1984.

60. On June 5, 1984, she promoted her recently updated first book, Past Imperfect: An Autobiography (which was first published in 1978), on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.



61. She starred opposite David Hasselhoff in the NBC movie, The Cartier Affair, which aired on November 4, 1984.



62. She starred in and produced the seven-hour miniseries, Sins, which aired on CBS in February 1986.

63. She starred in and produced the four-hour miniseries, Monte Carlo, which aired on CBS in November 1986.

64. On December 2, 1987, she was the Guest of Honor on the CBS special, All-Star Party for Joan Collins, featuring Rich Little, Bea Arthur, Michele Lee, Jimmy Stewart, Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein, Lynn Redgrave, Clint Eastwood and Michael York.



65. In 1988, she promoted her first novel, Prime Time, on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.



66. On March 6, 1991, she promoted her second novel, Love and Desire and Hate, on The Arsenio Hall Show.




67. She reprised her role as Alexis Colby in the four-hour miniseries, Dynasty: The Reunion, which aired on ABC on October 20 and October 22, 1991.

68. On November 25, 1991, she appeared on The Tonight Show (with guest host Jay Leno) to promote her US tour in the Noël Coward play, Private Lives, which opened on Broadway in February 1992.



69. On February 16, 1993, she appeared on ABC's Roseanne as Roseanne's wealthy cousin Ronnie.

70. She was a guest star on CBS's The Nanny on October 30, 1996.

71. She appeared in seven episodes of the 1997 Fox prime time soap opera, Pacific Palisades.

72. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 New Year Honours for services to drama and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to charity.

73. She played Mrs. Potiphar in the 1999 straight-to-video film version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Donny Osmond.

74. In 2000, she starred opposite George Hamilton and later Stacy Keach in an American tour of the A.R. Gurney play, Love Letters.

75. She played Wilma Flintstone's mother, Pearl Slaghoople, in the 2000 film, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.

76. On May 16, 2000, she played a designer on NBC's Will & Grace.

77. In 2001, she appeared in Badly Drawn Boy's music video for "Spitting In The Wind".



78. She starred in the 2001 ABC movie, These Old Broads, with Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor.



79. In 2002, she played the role of Alexandra Spaulding for three months on the CBS daytime drama, Guiding Light.



80. In 2006, she and Linda Evans promoted their 2006-07 North American Tour of the play, Legends!, on Larry King Live.



81. She and her former Dynasty co-star Stephanie Beacham appeared in a 2012 UK TV commercial for Snickers.



82. She was a guest (along with her sister Jackie and Michael Bublé) on The Graham Norton Show on New Year's Eve 2013 and in April 2016 (to promote her new novel, The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club).




83. In 2015-16, she played The Grand Duchess Alexandra of Oxford in five episodes of the E! drama, The Royals.

84. She and Pauline Collins starred in the 2017 British road comedy, The Time of Their Lives.

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