Tuesday, October 14, 2014

QVC UK BREAST CANCER CARE FUNDRAISER .. OCTOBER 13TH 2014 ..


Joan with a signed t-shirt also up for auction.

QVC UK held an on air show to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care which included an auction of some fabulous lots. One of which donated by Joan included a pampering day at Urban Retreat at Harrods using products from Joan's highly successful 'Timeless Beauty' range. If that wasn't enough, the lucky winner always will have cocktails at Claridge's with Joan. This sensational lot went for £2,000 as a gift for a 40th birthday...


Sunday, October 12, 2014

THE CAROUSEL OF HOPE BALL .. THE BEVERLY HILTON .. BEVERLY HILLS .. OCTOBER 11TH 2014 ..

Joan attended The Annual Carousel Of Hope Ball at The Beverly Hilton last night and met up with Jackie as well as friends Suzanne Somers and event organiser Barbara Davis.. Entertainment was provided by Josh Groban & Jennifer Hudson..
 
Joan with Clive Davis & event host Barbara Davis
With Alan Hamel & Suzanne Somers
 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

THE SHOOTING STAR CHASE BALL ... THE DORCHESTER LONDON... OCTOBER 4TH 2014 ..

Joan attended The Shooting Star Chase Charity Ball at The Dorchester. Joan is a patron of the charity..


Joan with Shooting Star's Karen Sugarman

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TIMELESS BEAUTY ON QVC ITALIA.. OCTOBER 1ST 2014 ...


Tune in at the following times...
10:00am to 11:00am          
13:00pm to 14:00pm  
 20:00pm to 21:00pm

Watch Live Streaming here!

http://www.qvc.it/qvclive/live.php

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

THE BFI FELLOWSHIP DINNER FOR AL PACINO .. THE CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON .. SEPTEMBER 24TH 2014..

Joan & Percy with Simon Reuben
Joan attended a gala dinner in honour of Al Pacino as he received the BFI Fellowship Award at the Corinthia Hotel in London in association with Moet & Chandon..


Joan with Monika Bacardi

One of the world’s most popular and iconic stars of stage and screen, Pacino receives a BFI Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding outstanding achievement in film. The presentation was made this evening during an exclusive dinner hosted by BFI Chair, Greg Dyke and BFI CEO, Amanda Nevill, sponsored by Corinthia Hotel London and supported by Moët & Chandon, the official champagne partner of the Al Pacino BFI Fellowship Award Dinner
Speaking during the presentation, Al Pacino said: “This is such a great honour… the BFI is a wonderful thing, how it keeps films alive… it’s an honour to be here and receive this. I’m overwhelmed – people I’ve adored have received this award. I appreciate this so much, thank you.”
 Pacino told the gathered crowd at the Corinthia Hotel in London.
BFI Fellowship winner John Hurt, Terry Gilliam, Richard E Grant, Joan Collins, Ian Holm and Steven Berkoff were among the stars in attendance for the gala dinner.

Pacino has earned many prestigious awards over the course of his career, including a Best Actor Oscar and two BAFTAs.

Previous recipients of the BFI Fellowship include Christopher Lee, Judi Dench and Ridley Scott.

The very first BFI Fellowships were given to filmmakers Marcel Carné, David Lean, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Orson Welles and Satyajit Ray in 1983.

Friday, September 19, 2014

HARRY'S BAR 35TH BIRTHDAY PARTY.. LONDON.. SEPTEMBER 19TH 2014..

Joan & Percy with Richard Caring


Joan & Percy attended the 35th birthday celebrations of iconic London eating spot Harry's Bar...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FREEDOM OF THE CITY OF LONDON CEREMONY .. SEPTEMBER 17TH 2014..

Joan with Murray Craig, Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court
 
Joan was honoured to be awarded the Freedom of the City of
London yesterday during a ceremony in The Mansion House  followed by a banquet.. Joan was invited by The Worshipful Company of Glovers to receive the honour.. Thanks to Master Glover Alderman Alison Gowman for these wonderful shots..

Joan & Percy at the banquet with Alison, Lord Mayor Locum Tenens & Alderman Sir Michael Bear among others..

The Declaration

"I do solemnly swear that I will be good and true to our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second; that I will be obedient to the Mayor of this City; that I will maintain the Franchises and Customs thereof, and will keep this City harmless, in that which in me is; that I will also keep the Queen's Peace in my own person; that I will know no Gatherings nor Conspiracies made against the Queen's
Peace, but I will warn the Mayor thereof, or hinder it to my power; and that all these points and articles I will well and truly keep, according to the Laws and Customs of this City, to my power."

Joan with Master Glover Alderman Alison Gowman & Master Elect Ann Esslemont

One of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today is the granting of the Freedom of the City of London. It is believed that the first Freedom was presented in 1237.
The medieval term ‘freeman’ meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land. Town dwellers who were protected by the charter of their town or city were often free – hence the term ‘freedom of the City.
From the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, the Freedom was the right to trade, enabling members of a Guild or Livery to carry out their trade or craft in the square mile. A fee or fine would be charged and in return the Livery Companies would ensure that the goods and services provided would be of the highest possible standards. In 1835, the Freedom was widened to incorporate not just members of Livery Companies but also people living or working in the City or there was a strong London connection

SUPERSTAR JOAN COLLINS DONATED CLOTHING TO SHOOTING STAR CHILDRENS HOSPICE CHARITY..

Superstar Joan Collins donates clothing to children's hospice charity
 

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A children's hospice is set to benefit from the glad rags of actress Joan Collins.

She has donated clothing and handbags to Shooting Star Chase.

The items are on sale at their new charity shop which opened today in Guildford.
Shooting Star Chase's director of fundraising, Karen Sugarman, said: "We are thrilled that Joan has kindly donated some fantastic items which offer people the chance to own a piece of history and help raise funds for our vital cause. Within the first few hours of opening the store had made £600 with the sale of some of Joan's items.
"Joan has been a fantastic supporter of the charity for many years - appearing on Celebrity Deal or No Deal, Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and hosting endless fundraising events - and we are so grateful for the huge difference she makes."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

LOOSE WOMEN ... ITV 1 ... MONDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH 2014....

Joan made a sensational appearance on the new series of 'Loose Women' today on ITV1.. Here is a lovely shot of Joan with Cathy who was the lucky audience member who won today's special prize donated by Joan. The fabulous gift bag include many luxurious

The fab gifts Cathy received..
items from Joan's bestselling 'Timeless Beauty' range.. You can catch Joan this coming Wednesday & Thursday on QVC UK where she will be presenting the essential beauty range and introducing a fabulous new product! Tune in at the following times...
Wednesday 10th .. 2:00pm to 3:00pm / 9:00pm to 10:00pm
Thursaday 11th .. 1:00pm to 2:00pm / 8:00pm to 9:00pm
See WWW.JOANCOLLINSBEAUTY.COM to peruse the range...
Watch QVC live at  http://www.qvcuk.com/LiveChannel.content.html?cm_re=ESPOT-_-eSpotTV-1-_-Content

TIMELESS BEAUTY ON QVC UK ... SEPTEMBER 10TH & 11TH 2014 ...

Tune into QVC UK today & tomorrow to catch Joan presenting 'Timeless Beauty'.. See image for times...
Watch live at ....
http://www.qvcuk.com/LiveChannel.content.html?cm_re=ESPOT-_-eSpotTV-1-_-Content

Saturday, September 6, 2014

TIMELESS BEAUTY ON QVC UK .. WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH & THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH 2014 ..

Joan will be back on QVC UK to present the bestselling 'Timeless Beauty' collection on the following dates & times..
Wednesday Sept 10th  2:00pm to 3:00pm / 9:00pm to 10:00pm ..
Thursday Sept 11th     1:00pm to 2:00pm / 8:00pm to 9:00pm ..

LOOSE WOMEN .. MONDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH 2014 .. ITV1 .. 12:30PM..

Tune into the season premiere of Loose Women on Monday September 8th on ITV1 at 12:30om, as Joan is the star guest and will discuss the upcoming run of 'One Night With Joan' at London's Leicester Square Theatre on September 12th & 13th..

Monday, September 1, 2014

THE DAILY MAIL WEEKEND MAGAZINE .. SATURDAY AUGUST 30TH 2014.

She won't let you in her kitchen, says ALL her best friends are women and there's far too much fake hugging going on these days. Welcome to the wonderful world of Joan Collins...
Between the two extremes, she points out, in a long acting career spanning more than 60 years, she’s played everything from nuns to missionaries to beaten-down mothers, as well as all those glamorous roles that made her an international star.
Coming soon, though, she warns, is a British-made movie, The Time Of Their Lives, which will show Joan Collins warts and all. ‘I’m playing a singer and actress whose career has gone downhill since her success in the 60s and 70s. I’m a drunk, and I don’t wear a scrap of make-up. Oh, and I have to sing My Way, because I’m always telling people that Frank Sinatra and I used to sing it in saloons when we had a bit to drink. Actually, that’s a bit of a challenge, so I’ve called on Tim Rice, the executive producer, for help with that.’
Happiness: At 81, the smile on Joan Collins' face shows she couldn¿t be happier. And the man who has brought that into her life is her fifth husband, Percy Gibson, who is 32 years her junior and who she married in great style at London¿s Claridge's hotel in 2002
 ‘This is a woman who is beaten down by life. She’s at the end of her tether. It’s as if she’s had the first course and the second course of her meal, which were fine. And now she’s going onto the dessert and there’s nothing else to look forward to. It’s the end of the road and she has one lifeline which she discovers when she goes on a trip to find something... But I mustn’t spoil the story. I can bring things to the role that I can use. There have been times in my own life when I’ve felt I’ve been beaten down. My character, Helen, lets it get to her, but I’ve never let it get to me.’
 That’s something else people don’t realise about her, she says, as we sit relaxing on the beach at Cannes. ‘I’ve been through hell in my life in several ways. I’ve had two or three horrendous divorces. I had an absolutely ghastly two years when I was being sued by Random House publishers [for the return of a $1.2 million book advance] although I finally won. You see, I am a fighter.
‘There was a wonderful line I had to say in Dynasty that I always think of whenever people are trying to attack me. “Don’t mess with Alexis!” I repeat this to myself if trouble rears its ugly head. People are always coming out of the woodwork to try and attack you in some way or other.’
But the smile on her face shows she couldn’t be happier. And the man who has brought that into her life is her fifth husband, Percy Gibson, who she married in great style at London’s Claridge’s hotel in 2002. ‘This is my longest marriage,’ she says. ‘Twelve years. Twelve years a slave! That’s a joke, of course. We laugh a lot. Yes, this is the happiest time of my life because of my marriage with Percy – a wonderful marriage. But I’m not just sitting back happily crocheting and playing with the grandkids. There’s always some sort of problem that unexpectedly comes along. A relationship is something that needs air and water and feeding. You can’t take each other for granted.’
She admits, ‘There have been a lot of mistakes, but I’m like a phoenix and have risen from the ashes. Percy came at the right time in my life. I was ready for a really wonderful, caring man. Someone who not only cares about me but my family as well. I like to have a man in my life I can depend on. I’ve subconsciously always looked for that and I really hadn’t found it before. So I feel he’s my rock. And my family love him. That goes for my sister Jackie, my brother Bill, all my three children and the grandchildren adore him. Percy is the only one of my husbands who’s actually played with the children in the pool – and he enjoys it. Although he says he doesn’t know whether he would have done this if he had his own kids.’
Every year, Joan and Percy spend the summer at her magnificent villa with its swimming pool and garden, high above St Tropez, with its view of unspoilt countryside stretching out towards the twinkling Mediterranean
She agrees it would have been enjoyable if she and Percy could have met a little earlier in their lives. Has she perhaps ever wished that they could have had a baby together? ‘Oh I’ve had enough kids – I have three. That’s already more than you’re supposed to have, especially in China!’
Every year, Joan and Percy spend the summer at her magnificent villa with its swimming pool and garden, high above St Tropez, with its view of unspoilt countryside stretching out towards the twinkling Mediterranean. Here they entertain Joan’s family and their closest friends, many of whom are from her world of showbusiness. Liza Minnelli once came to stay and didn’t leave for six weeks! But how do you tell a fellow star they’ve outstayed their welcome? Says Joan drolly, ‘I don’t know, but if you do, please share the secret with me. But I don’t bear grudges, life’s too short.’
Life at Chateau Joan is informal, but runs to her rules. The kitchen is out of bounds to guests. Food is prepared by two staff under Joan’s direction, and served from a buffet in an elegant dining room, with the seating plan drawn up by her, of course. After dinner there are games. ‘We play a game called the Salad Bowl Game because we use salad bowls to hold the names of famous people on slips of paper that the players draw out, and then have to mime until somebody guesses who it is. It’s a mixture of charades and a memory game. When Tracey Emin visited the last time she kept asking if we could play, but we were so busy chatting that we ran out of time.’

Joan herself doesn’t often cook. Her sister Jackie, an accomplished cook, said the only thing she can make is spaghetti Bolognese but pronounces it excellent. ‘I’ve never been accused of accessing a man’s heart through his stomach,’ Joan agrees, adding wickedly, ‘there are far more direct routes.’ But she adds, ‘Of course I can cook, many things. I did raise three children and three stepchildren, after all.’ When she and Percy have an evening in she might whip up a baked potato with caviar and sour cream, or maybe some sausages. That’s about it, because Percy likes her to take things easy. It’s not surprising that she admits she’s ‘high maintenance’.
‘You try keeping up with her,’ Percy tells me. ‘She has the most amazing energy.’ They met in 2000 when she was touring America in a play and Percy was the company manager. Now in addition to looking after their four homes – in London’s Belgravia, Los Angeles, New York and St Tropez – as well as handling their travelling arrangements (you’ll find her sitting up front in first class on her BA flights but she says, ‘It’s a myth that I have an entourage; it’s just Percy and me’), he directs her successful one-woman show, One Night With Joan, which she has taken around the world and which returns to London next month.
In it, she reminisces about the international stars she met in Hollywood, as well as taking questions from the audience. She has a fund of stories, of course. Marlon Brando ‘had animal magnetism, 100 per cent male’. Bette Davis, with whom she worked on 1955’s The Virgin Queen ‘terrified me. To put it mildly, she wasn’t very fond of pretty 20-year-olds, plus that rigid corset, shaven head and hideous ginger wig she wore must have put her in a terribly ratty mood.’ Tony Curtis was ‘a dreadful misogynist. He once called me a very bad word in front of the film crew because I wouldn’t ride to the set with him on a terribly dangerous truck.’
She remembers her first dinner with Elizabeth Taylor. ‘She told me I should always get a present from the director or producer on any movie or play I was doing – that way I’d remember them. I didn’t have her chutzpah, so I never took her advice. She was deliciously wicked that way.’
Paul Newman was one of her favourite men and of Warren Beatty, whom she nearly married, she says, ‘We see each other still, and he’s extremely friendly. The last time he took Percy to one side and told him, “I still love that woman.” He’s very sweet.’ And who was the best kisser? ‘My husband,’ says Joan.
Today in the movie business there have been reports that some would-be young actresses have been told they must strip for a role in a scene and make it look as real as possible otherwise they won't get the part. 'That's very sad,' says Joan. 'It's happened to me too'
She knew the legendary Lauren Bacall, who died earlier this month, and her husband Humphrey Bogart, from the old Hollywood days. ‘We last met at a Royal Variety Show. I was wearing a fabulous, if slightly over the top, dress as was the fashion then, with large feathers on it. Just before I went on stage she called after me, “Love the feathers, JC!”’
Would she ever be photographed as starkly as Bacall was at the age of 88 with no make-up and grey hair scraped back from her face? ‘I don’t have grey hair. But I have done the no-make-up look a variety of times. I believe in glamour all the way but I would absolutely do it if the part called for it.’
Harking back to the beginning of her Hollywood career, she recalls a story about the time she was deemed to be distinctly unglamorous. She’d won the lead in 1955’s The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing, a part originally meant for Marilyn Monroe. ‘I was 21 and I was to play the most beautiful girl in New York. Imagine! I turned up one day wearing jeans, a T-shirt and no make-up and the director, Richard Fleischer, was horrified. He said, “Oh my God – I can’t look at you. You look hideous.”’ Then he gave her a lecture on how the star of his big movie should appear at all times. ‘Full make-up, a nice dress and white gloves – otherwise you’ll never get anywhere in this business.’
‘I was completely shocked,’ recalls Joan. ‘But some of the other starlets said I did look a bit scruffy. I decided I’d better start smartening up my act.’ How did she feel about being described as a ‘starlet’ back then? ‘Fine, I was at the time.’ It was also at that time that she realised, ‘No one’s born glamorous, but practically anyone can develop glamour.’ Marilyn’s make-up man, Allan Snyder, taught her how to apply cosmetics and since then she’s believed a woman should never go out without foundation to protect her skin, and lipstick, which she considers the most crucial of cosmetics.
Today in the movie business there have been reports that some would-be young actresses have been told they must strip for a role in a scene and make it look as real as possible otherwise they won’t get the part. ‘That’s very sad,’ says Joan. ‘It’s happened to me too.’
She’s such a warm and funny person but I know some people say she prefers male company. ‘Not true. My best friends are all women and I relate much better to women than to men. Of course men do have their uses.’ She once said she believed women were more intelligent than men, does she stand by that? ‘Of course, try having men give birth.’ Does she feel more comfortable with gay men or straight men? ‘There are two kinds of people in the world – fridges and stoves. Fridges suck out the warmth, stoves give it out freely. Gay, straight, male, female – I like stoves.’
She clearly does get on with her sister Jackie, despite rumours to the contrary. ‘People will say what they will say,’ she says. ‘Jackie and I are great friends and love each other dearly.’ But she doesn’t go in for an overdisplay of affection. Preferring to be air-kissed – mwar!, mwar! – than kissed on the cheek, she says, ‘I do find men and some women tend to give crushing handshakes nowadays and I don’t think that’s necessary. A firm handshake is one thing, but a bone-crusher is aggressive. I was brought up to believe you don’t invade another person’s space and that shaking hands passes on germs. I hug all my close friends but there’s too much fake hugging and kissing in the world today.’
She certainly doesn’t like being touched by strangers. Once at London’s Le Caprice restaurant I was escorting her to a taxi when a man shot out from a nearby table, grabbed her wrist and exclaimed, ‘Joan, it’s me. Remember me? Harry.’ ‘I most certainly don’t, and will you please let go of my arm,’ she said, turning on her heels and heading for the exit.
As we relax with a glass of white wine in front of the Majestic Hotel, Percy comes over and tells her that an admirer wants to give her a piece of jewellery. ‘Well, I’m not Zsa Zsa Gabor, but a little bit of jewellery would be acceptable,’ she giggles. It was just along the coast that she was pictured recently dancing away with Percy at a party. ‘Fortunately those photos were quite good, which I can’t always say about photos I’ve had taken of me. But I’m never going to put my enjoyment secondary to whether I’m going to be photographed. I may regret it afterwards but I’d rather enjoy myself than worry.’
 
Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins and Elizabeth Taylor in These Old Broads, a two-hour comedy written by Carrie Fisher and Elaine Pope
It makes you wonder how she finds her energy. ‘I exercise every morning even though sometimes I hate it. I do Pilates as much as I can as I think it’s the best regime. I stretch a lot and use light weights for toning my arms. I mostly do half an hour a day. The human body is amazing. It gives out whatever you put into it.’ She has her own beauty range, Joan Collins Timeless Beauty, which has been a bestseller. ‘I’m no chemist but I was at the ground level talking to the development team about what I was after and what I thought works. I poured my lifetime of beauty experience into it and tested every element from its inception to the finished product.’
After her warts-and-all film The Time Of Their Lives, she’ll revert back to a more characteristically glamorous role in a US-made TV series, The Royals, in which she plays the Grand Duchess of Oxford, mother of Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley). She says she won’t retire because she enjoys working too much. ‘I wrote a book called Passion For Life and that’s what I have, a passion for life. We should all grab it.

‘I read an article in which American actor Bryan Cranston said he did five seasons of Breaking Bad and he never has to work again. I thought, “How lucky for you.” I did nine seasons of Dynasty but I never made enough money to never have to work again. That’s the way things have changed in this business. I’m very good at making money. I’m very good at spending money. But I’m very bad with the bit in between, like investments.’
How does she feel, though, about being described as a national treasure? ‘Handle with care,’ says Joan. 
One Night With Joan is at the Leicester Square Theatre, London, 12 & 13 September, leicestersquare theatre.ticketsolve.com, tel: 08448 733433. The Joan Collins Timeless Beauty range is available at WWW.JOANCOLLINSBEAUTY.COM   Urban Retreat at Harrods WWW.URBANRETREAT.CO.UK  and QVCUK (www.qvcuk.com).