“I’m not a bad girl,” said Joan Collins, leaning back on a white sofa. “She was a very innocent girl. But she had dark hair and green eyes, and I think they said it was burning,
It was on a sun-kissed California afternoon at their apartment, which is part of a luxury building on the outskirts of Beverly Hills. Joan Collins, an actress whose career has ranged from the sublime (pharaoh’s land), ridiculous (kingdom of ants) and extremely ridiculous (Dynasty), she wore white pants, an aquamarine blouse and white sneakers.
a pink diamond shaped like a strawberry He was weighed on one of his fingers; messy hair. How many synthetic zebras died for those pillows? And that poof? very.
As far as the heat is concerned, it was 29 degrees outside.
Joan Collins at the Vanity Fair party after the Oscars 2022. photo Patrick T. Fallon / AFP
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Collins, 88, invited me over to his house, offering me coffee, water, and talking about fancy cookies. this is joan collins (It’s Joan Collins), a documentary that aired on the BBC on New Year’s Day and landed on Netflix’s competing UK platform Britbox.
What did it mean to review your life for the project? “I’m not very analytical”He said sadly. “I just do it. I just have to do it.”
For the film, Collins gave producers access to his archives and home films. For the rest, he leaves his contribution. “said: ‘Don’t add too much nudity’But she describes much of the film as adapted from her memoir.
“I’m here,” he murmurs in the opening moments, “after seven decades in business, to tell you a thing or two about How to avoid the dangers of the profession And how does it really feel to get what you want.
Joan Collins in “Dynasty”. His last great role.
a childhood at war
Joan Collins was born in London in 1933, the eldest daughter of a dance teacher and talent agent. As a child, she lived through the London Blitz -bombing, evacuation, uprooting-Which made him impatient to treat it as a remorse.
“I have to say that today whenever I read about an actor, they have all been abused or had a terrible childhood,” he said. “I had a great childhood apart from the war”,
At the age of 17, he signed a contract with a British film studio. They didn’t think it was glamorous. not then. But the press disagreed, and he remembers some of them Nicknames they gave her: Bad Girl of Great Britain, Café WhoreWarm stuff. They pigeonholed him in that sense.
At first, it bothered her, she said, “then I put it off and move on.”
At the age of 21, Fox hired her and she moved to California. was separated from Her first husband, Maxwell Reid, an actor who raped her on their first date, As he wrote in his early memoir, Past Imperfect: An Autobiography, and reiterated in the documentary, most of the men he met in the business were hunters.
She remembers being chased and seduced into a car at a Palm Springs home. Then he stopped remembering. “These are all unpleasant memories I don’t want to live again”, said. “It happened. It happened to girls all the time.”
How did you avoid it? He shrugged and moved on. “At times I laughed in his face,” he says.
In these early years, earned a reputation for sexuality, which was not fully deserved, although it became part of his fame. (A 2015 auction of his belongings included not only the love letter, but also the headboard of his bed.)
Joan Collins never cared what people would say: “I shrugged and moved on,” she says.
“I had a lot of boyfriends, but sequentially,” she said. “You I slept with some of them. Not at the same time, I think I was ahead of my time because women didn’t do that.”
At the age of 30, she married actor-songwriter Anthony Newley and had two children.
When her relationship with Newley ended, she married music executive Ron Kaas and they had a daughter.
Later, the fourth marriage took place – with the Swedish singer Peter Holm. (“The only one I didn’t understand was Sweden,” he said. “It was a complete mistake.”) Now lives with her fifth husband, theatrical producer Percy Gibson. He was the one who brought the water and took away the cookies.
His departure from the industry and his difficult comeback
She left the industry after marrying Newly and it was difficult for her to come back. The documentary includes a particularly low point, excerpts from real estate investors’ B-movies versus mutated worms. kingdom of ants (1977). How did you deal with poor quality content? “Do the best you can,” he says. “You learn your lines, you fix it and you get down to business.”
Joan Collins and her fifth husband, Percy Gibson. Photo Patrick T. Fallon / AFP
Only on rare occasions did he escape typecastingBut he also avoided a conversation with actor John Gilgad, in which Gilgud tells him that since he can never escape his physicality, I could never play an ugly woman, “That was true for a few years.”
She believes that looking good can be a deterrent to quality roles: “That’s what young actresses feel these days, so most of them try to look as normal as possible.”
In the late 1970s, he re-emerged with two soft-genre films –stallion You dog– Adapted from the novels by his sister Jackie Collins. This performance replaced her most famous role, Alexis, in Aaron Spelling’s late-night soap opera, dynasty,
Despite famous studio feuds and the producers’ petty reaction to their demands for equal pay, still proud dynasty,
Many of the memories that appear in his apartment are from that time. “It was glamorous,” he says. “These were very, very rich people, most of them beautiful.” He compared this to the current success of the succession, although he remarked that succession They wear more simple clothes.
There’s a lot to be told. Joan Collins, in an autobiographical book.
Dynasty, the last great role
dynasty ended more than three decades ago. Joan Collins hasn’t had a big role since then. He thinks he knows why. “The casting director says, ‘We can’t use Joan Collins in this bitch role, because it’s too obvious.’ and ‘Oh no, we can’t have him in this other role.’ only a bitch can play,
Nevertheless, he insisted, describing his glamorous life in a column for the British weekly the audienceWhere Boris Johnson was once his boss. “Cheerful, very funny, great clown”Admitting that jester was probably the wrong word as he described it.
“He didn’t take a word out of my diary,” he said.
Collins hasn’t changed much. (Even his appearance is little changed, though.) Claims to have tried botox only once: “I screamed and left the consultation”). And she’s not sure the entertainment industry has either.
“I don’t have men coming, so I don’t know,” she says. “But I guess maybe.” Still, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, she seemed mostly concerned about men.
“Sadly, CRI see young men now suffering from being called toxically masculine”, he said, “because of this there has been an increase in anti-masculinity.”
and yet identify as a feminist, “I believe that women are equal to men in every way,” she said. “Except for physical strength. People say I didn’t burn my bra, I put on lipstick. So what? I’m so proud to be a woman.” He said that he hates being called an actor (name neutral for actors in general), and prefers an actress.
Joan Collins, John Forsyth and Linda Evans, Heroes of the Dynasty.
“What’s wrong with being an actress?” he said. “What’s wrong with being a mom? What’s wrong with being a woman? Girl? I don’t like that word being taken away from me.”
After about an hour of conversation, I was invited to leave the apartment with the same warmth I was received with: a photographer had arrived and Collins had to do some cleanup work. But first I had to ask him about the opening sentence of the documentary: How does it really feel to get what you want?
He wakes up every morning and thanks “God or whoever,” he said. “I mean I’m so lucky.”
Then he added something that might just happen in the blink of an eye, “But sometimes you make your own luckNo?”.
Source: The New York Times
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