Thursday, December 31, 2015
Sunday, December 27, 2015
The flamboyant Hollywood star adores Sinatra, Strictly, Double Indemnity with
'Oliver Twist is my favourite book of all time, but it gave me nightmares': Joan Collins on her cultural highlights
Published: 22:01 GMT, 26 December 2015 | Updated: 22:01 GMT, 26 December 2015
'When I was in Dynasty, we used to have screenings at my house in Hollywood and once George Hamilton brought Elizabeth Taylor. She lit a cigarette and set fire to one of her acrylic fingernails,' said Joan Collins
My TV gold
Milton Berle was one of the funniest men ever and Lucille Ball (left) and Jack Benny were hilarious. For American dramas, you can’t beat Homeland
My father had one of the first TV sets when they came out in the early Fifties, but when I moved to America the first hotel that I went into had colour TV. Milton Berle was one of the funniest men ever and Lucille Ball and Jack Benny were hilarious.
Now I like to watch Sky News and Strictly Come Dancing. And for American dramas, you can’t beat Homeland.
When I was in Dynasty, we used to have screenings at my house in Hollywood and once George Hamilton brought Elizabeth Taylor. She lit a cigarette and set fire to one of her acrylic fingernails and I had to take her to the bathroom to fix it.
My movie magic
I love Double Indemnity with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck (pictured), I’ve watched Gone With The Wind ten times and I adore The Fabulous Baker Boys
The first film I saw was either Snow White or a Shirley Temple movie, when I was very young.
Two years ago, for my birthday, my husband Percy gave me my 100 favourite movies, which are now on my iPad.
I love Double Indemnity with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck, I’ve watched Gone With The Wind ten times and I adore The Fabulous Baker Boys.
I don’t like watching myself in films or on TV but I did think I was very funny in Rally Round The Flag, Boys! with Paul Newman.
I had nightmares after reading the scene in Oliver Twist, my favourite book of all time, where Bill Sikes killed Nancy. My favourite book by my late sister Jackie is The Power Trip
Words of wonder
I’m an avid reader and went through five books a week when I was small.
From childhood I loved Enid Blyton and Charles Dickens. But I had nightmares after reading the scene in Oliver Twist, my favourite book of all time, where Bill Sikes killed Nancy. The thing I like about Dickens is that he is wonderfully descriptive.
The last good book I read was Can I Go Now? The Life Of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s First Superagent, which was really engaging. My favourite book by my late sister Jackie is The Power Trip.
The art in my heart
I have six or seven of Paul César Helleu’s late 19th-century portraits and about 15 works by Erté. I love Salvador Dali and also Emily Patrick. I have a wonderful Andy Warhol painting of me in my apartment in LA. I have some of Tracey Emin’s art – she’s a good friend of mine – and I have several portraits by Sacha Newley [her son] in my flat in London.
Music to my ears
I adore Frank Sinatra. Of the current artists, I like Pharrell Williams; Blurred Lines and Happy are great songs
I’m a fan of Latin American musician Sérgio Mendes, I love Chet Baker and I adore Frank Sinatra.
I also play Michael Bublé all the time.
Of the current artists, I like Pharrell Williams; Blurred Lines and Happy are great songs.
I remember being entranced by Dick Barton Special Agent when I was about 12
Don’t touch that dial
I listen to Magic FM when I am in London, or Riviera Radio when we are in St Tropez. When I was growing up in the Thirties and Forties, radio was terribly important. I remember being entranced by Dick Barton Special Agent when I was about 12. I also enjoyed Much-Binding-In-The-Marsh, and copied it when I edited my school magazine a bit later, calling it Much Binding in the Fourth Form. Then there was The Goon Show, which came a bit later. I loved Peter Sellers.
The play’s my thing
The last production I saw was Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man. It was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. He’s such a good-looking actor but he brilliantly transformed himself for the role.
I adore musicals and particularly Kiss Me, Kate. I used to go to the theatre all the time when I was growing up, as my father was a variety agent. My grandmother was a singer, dancer and entertainer, who had toured South Africa.Performing is in my blood.
‘The St Tropez Lonely Hearts Club’ by Joan Collins is published by Little, Brown, priced £16.99
Posted by Mark Mcmorrow at 10:15 AM
The bestselling novelist was a generous champion of equality, whose raunchy, page-turning books gave readers access to life in Hollywood
She was more than a sister to me. I considered her a true and wonderful friend (whose advice I didn’t always listen to, unfortunately, and to my disadvantage). She and I understood and empathised with each other more than practically anyone I know and I felt her loyalty to me was unbounded and her love was unconditional. We shared so many of the same memories and confided in each other without fear. We gossiped and giggled when we were together and loved to go see the latest movies at weekend morning showings at our favourite Los Angeles shopping centre.
My sister always believed that truth is much stranger than fiction. This is why she became one of the most successful and top-selling novelists in the world. There were many imitators, but only Jackie Collins could tell you what really went on in the fastest lane of all. From Beverly Hills bedrooms to glittering rock parties and concerts, from stretch limos to the mansions of the power brokers, Jackie’s books chronicled the truth, which she knew from the inside looking out.
Director Louis Malle called her a “raunchy moralist” and Vanity Fair referred to her as “Hollywood’s own Marcel Proust”. She gave millions of her readers an unrivalled inside knowledge of Hollywood and the glamorous lives of the rich, famous and infamous. “I write about real people in disguise,” she once said. “If anything, my characters are toned down – the truth is much more bizarre.”Born in London on 4 October 1937, Jackie started writing exciting stories at the age of 10, and made her schoolmates pay to read them. Expelled from school in her early teens, she became an actor for a while, appearing with Roger Moore in The Saint, Dirk Bogarde in Cocktails in the Kitchen and Alec Guinness in All at Sea. But it was the writing she adored and in 1968 she wrote the groundbreaking novel The World Is Full of Married Men. It became a sensation because of its open sexuality and how it dealt honestly with the double standards between men and women.
Jackie was always an advocate for equality. She believed deeply that children should grow up in a world where they are accepted for who they are and not where they come from or what sex they’re born. This great legacy will live on in the many terrifically entertaining and page-turning novels.
And she was tireless. In spite of raising three children and accompanying her husband, Oscar Lerman, to his nightclub, Tramp, several times a week, she still managed to write more than a dozen bestsellers in the next 15 years. She then moved to Beverly Hills where she wrote 20 more – all bestsellers.
This was one of the reasons for her great success, both in her personal and professional life, and why she was loved and admired by so many people. She was a strong, independent, loyal, caring, maternal, fun-loving, witty, generous woman.
Her generosity was limitless and she never forgot to send a thank you note or Christmas card to everyone she worked with. Her munificence at Christmas was without par and no one could keep up with the lavish gifts she heaped upon her family and friends.
She was a woman of contrasts. She was completely disciplined about her writing but somehow also managed to watch practically every major TV show on air, and the various DVRs scattered throughout her house were constantly “on record”. She would shop at Tiffany’s but you would also be likely to see her at the bargain stores. She loved staying home and cooking for her family but she also loved the buzz and theatre of restaurant life. And although she was fearless about living alone in an enormous house, she couldn’t face a spider or cockroach.
The loss of Jackie has caused a massive hole in my heart. Like the Grand Canyon, I can’t ignore it, walk around it or get over it. I must simply face its empty majesty and it will remind me of my beautiful, brave and ballsy sister.
Posted by Mark Mcmorrow at 10:01 AM
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
THE ST TROPEZ LONELY HEART CLUB BOOK SIGNING TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3RD 2015 SELFRIDGES OXFORD STREET LONDON
Joan will be at Selfridges on Oxford Street London on Tuesday 3rd November to sign copies of 'The St Tropez Lonely Hearts Club' from 5pm to 6pm..
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Don't forget to tune into BBC Radio 4 from 10AM on Monday 26th as Joan chats to Jane Garvey about her exciting and unmissable new novel 'The St Tropez Lonely Hearts Club' which is out everywhere on November 5th! To listen to the show click here, from Monday 26th!
Woman's Hour with Dame Joan Collins
Woman's Hour with Dame Joan Collins
Posted by Mark Mcmorrow at 8:05 PM
JAKE NETWORKING PRESENT AN EVENING WITH DAME JOAN COLLINS .. THE MAYFAIR HOTEL .. SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1ST 2015
JAKE + DAME JOAN COLLINS
Jake hosts an exclusive evening with Dame Joan Collins
Sunday, 1st November
6.30pm for a prompt 7.15pm start
The May Fair Hotel
Stratton Street, London, W1J 8LT
For one night only, we have Dame Joan Collins all to ourselves!
Actress, philanthropist, national treasure, legend… there is nothing like a Dame, and no-one else quite like Joan Collins. This is a rare opportunity to be in the company of an icon, with a whole bunch of other gay men to boot.
Dame Joan will be introducing her new novel, The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club, answering questions, even taking questions from Jake members in the audience, then signing your personal copies (now, THAT'S what we call a Christmas present!).
It all happens at The May Fair on 1st November. Arrive at 6.30pm for pre-drinks in The Salon then we'll use the private staircase to the May Fair Theatre where Dame Joan will be presented by Jake founder - and Joan's best friend - Ivan Massow, and the evening will begin in earnest.
After the event, we'll be going back up those stairs to The Salon for drinks and the chance for Dame Joan to personally sign your copy of her book, which will be there for you to buy before the official publication date.
This will be a night to remember, so tickets will go fast!
ON THE NIGHT
Guests arrive, pre-drinks
Dame Joan reads from her new novel, The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club, followed by a Q&A
Meet Dame Joan, as she signs copies of her new novel for Jake members.
Drinks in the Salon
DAME JOAN COLLINS IN CONVERSATION WITH EVE POLLARD .. WATERSTONES PICADILLY .. MONDAY NOVEMBER 2ND 2015
Joan will be in conversation with Eve Pollard at Waterstone's Picadilly London on Monday November 2nd... See link for details!
An Evening With Joan Collins in Conversation with Eve Pollard
An Evening With Joan Collins in Conversation with Eve Pollard
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Check out the latest issue of 'Let's Talk' magazine which features 'Timeless Beauty' on it's Beauty with Corinne Tuddenham Trett page .. A full interview with Joan will appear in the next issue out November... Watch this space!
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Joan launched The Autumn / Winter Collection of Timeless Beauty Products at Claridge's on Wednesday September 9th, where she greeted friends, the press and invited social media / bloggers who have supported the brand over the last year..
|Joan with Alex Silver & her team (The Brand's PR)|
|Press release for one of the exciting new additions..|
Posted by Mark Mcmorrow at 7:26 PM
AN EVENING WITH DAME JOAN COLLINS IN AID OF SHOOTING STAR CHASE .. URBAN RETREAT AT HARROD'S .. LONDON .. SEPTEMBER 10TH 2015 ..
|Joan & Alyn Waterman with Tracey who is thrilled with her makeover...|
|Alyn works his magic!|
|Joan;s fabulous range of products..|
Joan checks out Tracey's makeover
Joan looking sensational as ever was also on hand to give attendees valuable beauty advice..
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Check out this weeks's 'The Sunday Mirror' newspaper as it's magazine supplement 'Notebook' features an exclusive new interviews with Joan and this sensational cover!
Read the full interview here!
Read the full interview here!
Posted by Mark Mcmorrow at 8:39 AM
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Sunday, August 9, 2015
|Joan with William Shatner & Judy & Max Bryer|
|Joan makes her entrance for the Q&A.|
Posted by Mark Mcmorrow at 7:12 PM