Dame Joan Henrietta Collins is England’s columnist, author, and actress. Collins has won a Golden Globe Award, a People’s Choice Award, two Soap Opera Digest Awards, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, among other honors. She got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983.
She has won many awards for her charitable work, especially her work on behalf of children. Queen Elizabeth II was made a Dame in 2015 for her work with good causes.
Joan Collins Net Worth
English actress and writer Joan Collins has a net worth of $20 million. She is best known for playing Alexis Colby on “Dynasty,” a soap opera from 1981 to 1989. Joan was in 195 of the 220 episodes of the show.
Joan Collins Early Years
Joan Henrietta Collins was born in London on May 23, 1933. Her father was a talent agent, and people like Shirley Bassey, the Beatles, and Tom Jones were among his clients. He was from South Africa and was Jewish.
Her mother was born in England and was descended from Anglicans. She has two younger siblings, and one of them, Jackie Collins, was a best-selling author who sold 500 million books in her lifetime.
She went to the independent Francis Holland School in London, which was only for girls. She was put in the play “A Doll’s House.” by Henrik Ibsen when she was nine years old.
At the age of sixteen, she was already going to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts to learn how to be an actress. After a year, she signed with Rank Organization, a British movie studio.
Joan Collins Personal Life
With her third husband, businessman Ron Kass, she had a daughter. After they broke up, she married Swedish pop star, Peter Holm. After getting divorced from him, she married Percy Gibson in 2002, making it her fifth marriage. She lives in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and France, among other places.
Joan Collins Career
Collins’s first movie was the comedy “Lady Godiva Rides Again.” which came out in 1951. After that, she played a small part in “The Woman’s Angle” and a bigger one in “Judgement Deferred.” a drama from 1952. “I Believe in You.” her third movie of 1952, was where she got her big break.
The British press called her “Britain’s bad girl.” because of how she played the role in the play. In 1953, she played a supporting role in “Decameron Nights,” England’s first X-rated movie, and in “The Square Ring.” a sports drama. She acted in plays around London when she was not making movies. Some of the plays she was in were “The Seventh Veil,” “Claudia and David,” and “The Skin of Our Teeth.”
In 1954, she played a princess in the drama “The Land of the Pharaohs,” Her performance was so good that 21st Century Fox gave her a seven-year contract. In 1955, she made her first movie in Hollywood. It was a historical drama called “The Virgin Queens,” which also starred Bette Davis.
She played the lead role in the drama “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing.” later that same year. She played the lead role in the 1956 comedy musical “The Opposite Sex,” which was nominated for a Golden Globe and starred Leslie Nielsen. In the 1958 love story “Rally Round the Flag, Boys.” she played the love interest of Paul Newman.
She was the first choice for the lead role in the classic movie “Cleopatra” in 1960, but the studio chose Elizabeth Taylor instead. This caused Collins to stop working on the movie “Sons and Lovers” and ask 21st Century Fox to let her out of her contract. Before she left the studio in 1960, she agreed to be in the epic drama “Esther and the King.”
Collins filmed the 1962 comedy musical “The Road to Hong Kong” with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope when he was not bound by a contract. After getting married in 1963, she took on less work to focus on starting a family. In the late 1960s, she had small parts in a few movies and appeared as a guest on TV shows like “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible.”
In 1970, she moved back to England and starred in several scary and suspenseful movies. After making movies in Italy and Spain, she went back to the UK, where the movie version of her sister Jackie Collins’ book “The Stud.” made her a star again. The movie came out in 1978 and cost $600,000 to make. It made more than $20 million around the world.
With her career back on track, she went back to the London theatre stage in 1980 to play the title role in “The Last of Mrs. Cheyney.” at the West End.
Joan Collins Other Works Besides “Dynasty”
She moved back to the US in 1981 to play Alexis Colby, the ex-wife of an oil tycoon, in the second season of the soap opera “Dynasty.” She is primarily seen as the reason why the show was a success, and when she joined the cast, the ratings went up a lot. “Dynasty” was a hit around the world, and Collins was nominated for five Golden Globes and won one in 1932 for her work on the show.
She was nominated for an Emmy in 1984, and she won the Favorite Actress award at the People’s Choice Awards in 1985. All the praise she got from critics came after she had been acting for more than twenty years. In 1983, she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in honor of all she had done in her career.
During the time they were making “Dynasty,” She was in the movie “The Nutcracker” and a few TV movies. She starred in and made “Sins,” a popular miniseries on CBS in 1986, and “Monte Carlo,” which came out the following year. Even though there was a reunion special in 1991, “Dynasty” ended in 1989, and Collins returned to the theatre with a role in the Broadway play “Private Lives,” which she performed all over the US and in London’s West End.
During the 1990s, she made guest appearances on TV shows. She acted in several movies, such as the comedy “A Midwinter’s Tale,” (1995), the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (1999), and the comedy “The Clandestine Marriage.” (1999). In the 2000s, she had minor roles on the TV shows “Guiding Light” and “Verbotene Liebe.” In the 2010s, she returned to mainstream TV with significant roles on the popular shows “American Horror Story” and “The Royals.”
Joan Collins Real Estate
Joan and Percey bought a big condo in West Hollywood, California, for $2.7 million in 2007. In 2017, they put this apartment on the market for $4.5 million. She sold the unit soon after putting a $4.4 million price tag.
In 2017, she also bought a condo in a different part of Los Angeles for $2.1 million. She put this apartment on the market for $2.1 million in January 2021. The villa that Percey and Joan have in St. Tropez, France, is beautiful and could be worth more than $10 million.
In August 2020, Joan made a bit of a stir online when she said that people in the port of St. Tropez did not have enough social distance. Just three months ago, she went public with her complaints about how the UK government made people wear masks. Some people thought her post about her yacht was cocky.