Joan Collins is an English actress, author, and philanthropist. She was born on May 23, 1933, in Paddington, London, England.

Collins comes from a theatrical family. Her father, Joseph William Collins, was a talent agent, and her mother, Elsa Collins, was a dancer. She has one younger sister, Jackie Collins, who became a successful novelist. Growing up, Collins had a keen interest in performing and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Collins started her acting career in the early 1950s, first appearing in British films such as “Lady Godiva Rides Again” (1951) and “The Woman’s Angle” (1952). Her breakout role came in 1955 when she starred in the British film “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing.” The film gained her recognition and earned her a Hollywood contract.

In 1956, Collins signed with 20th Century Fox and moved to the United States. She quickly became known for her glamorous looks and landed roles in various films, including “The Wayward Bus” (1957), “Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!” (1958), and “Seven Thieves” (1960). However, Collins struggled to find significant success in the early years of her Hollywood career, often typecast as a seductress or femme fatale in B-movies.

In the 1980s, Collins experienced a career resurgence with her iconic role as Alexis Carrington in the popular TV series “Dynasty” (1981-1989). Her portrayal of the conniving and power-hungry character earned her critical acclaim, multiple awards, and widespread recognition. Collins became one of the highest-paid female stars in television and gained a massive following.

Apart from her television success, Collins also appeared in several successful films, such as “The Bitch” (1979), “The Gambler” (1997), and “These Old Broads” (2001). She continued to work in television, featuring in series like “The Royals” (2015-2018) and “American Horror Story” (2018).

Joan Collins has received a range of awards and accolades throughout her career. She has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards and won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series for “Dynasty.” Additionally, Collins was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the performing arts.

Aside from her acting career, Collins is a successful author. She has published several books, including autobiographies, romance novels, and beauty and lifestyle guides. She is also known for her philanthropic work and advocacy for various causes, including children’s charities, animal welfare, and cancer research. Collins has been involved in numerous charities and often uses her celebrity status to raise awareness and funds.

Joan Collins has left an indelible mark on popular culture. Her iconic role as Alexis Carrington in “Dynasty” continues to be referenced and parodied in various TV shows and films. She is admired for her enduring beauty, grace, and resilience, and is an inspiration to many aspiring actresses. Collins’ career spans over six decades, and her legacy as a legendary actress and glamour icon remains strong.

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