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About Joan Collins
Joan Collins has been described as a national treasure in the United Kingdom. She is admired for her wit, cleverness and beauty. Recently elevated to Dame Joan Collins by the Queen, she possesses a singular star quality that has come to define what it means to be a living legend. As an actress, author and producer she has built a career that places her in the unrivaled ranks of an international icon.
She has appeared in more than sixty feature films, dozens of plays, both in the West End and in the United States, and many television series, including creating the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, one of the most highly rated television dramas of all time. Her novels and memoirs have been bestsellers worldwide. She is a regular diarist for the Spectator and a contributor to the Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, and Harper's Bazaar.
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER!
'Wonderfully rich and mesmerising' William Boyd
'As brutal, withering and funny as you'd expect' Julian Clary
'Fabulously entertaining, impossibly glamorous, and utterly irresistible' Piers Morgan
'A treat from start to finish' Elizabeth Hurley
Joan Collins has been a diarist from the age of twelve, writing enthusiastically over the years. She dictated most of these entries in real time into a mini-tape recorder at the end of the day, and now she is spilling the beans - well, nearly all of them. What you will discover was written when Joan 'felt like it' between 1989 and 2009. Whether it is an encounter with a superstar or a member of the Royal Family, or her keen and honest insights into other celebrities at dinner parties and events, Joan is honest and unapologetic.
Taking us on a dazzling tour around the globe - from exclusive restaurants in Los Angeles to the glittering beaches of St Tropez, from dinner parties in London to galas in New York City - some of the characters you will meet in these pages include Rod Stewart, Princess Margaret, Donald Trump, Michael Caine, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Rupert Everett, Roger Moore, Shirley MacLaine, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more. Her diaries are intimate and witty, and they pull no punches, with NO apologies to anyone mentioned in them!
Katherine Bennet is the star who has made "The Skeffingtons" the most watched TV soap opera in America. She has money, fame, power, but her private life is in tatters. Newly divorced, with a son threatening to go off the rails, Katherine promises herself and her public that she will never marry again. But she underestimates the sheer isolation of being as famous as she is - a woman sought out by the wrong people for the wrong reasons and avoided by all the right people. Such isolation makes a woman vulnerable - especially to the wrong man.
Joan Collins evokes the glamorous decade in which she emerged as a world superstar in "Dynasty". This novel is an engrossing and utterly realistic portrait of what it is like to be a woman with everything the world can offer - except the one thing she wants above all: someone who truly loves the real Katherine Bennet.
From Library Journal:
Collins, wearing her novelist's hat, here writes about what she knows best: trashy prime-time dramas, egotistical stars, and the fawning masses.
From Kirkus Reviews:
...Infamous—a perfectly publishable Hollywood glamour-soap...
Teasing readers with the possibility of a roman à clef, Collins makes her heroine a TV superstar, one Katherine Bennet of The Skeffingtons, a successful prime-time soap about a "dysfunctional family" of southern California winemakers. Called Kitty by her friends and the "Georgia poison peach" by an adoring public, Katherine is the actress all America loves to loathe. But in Collins's version (reversing the actual casting on her own real-life, long-running show, Dynasty), Kitty is an American, though the parts of the other two major Skeffs are played by Brits: an older man with ego and toupee problems, and a blond costar (who isn't, naturally, Linda Evans), a nasty, silicone-enhanced former child star who's carrying on a secret mud-slinging publicity campaign against Kitty. Slogging through 14-hour days on the set, eating endless meals of tunafish and rice cakes to stay thin, Kitty negotiates her trials and tribulations with the help of her cellular phone and a huge personal staff: agent, manager, publicist, secretary, maid, maid's husband, etc. Nightly, meanwhile, she bemoans the fact that, though famous, she's also loveless. So Katherine is easy pickings for the sexy sociopath she chooses to marry. How she eludes this homicidal husband (while wearing an 18th-century costume) as he pursues her through the predawn streets of Venice is a camp climax worthy of the Collins oeuvre, onscreen and off.
....some interesting background on what happens behind the scenes of a TV series.
Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection!
Contessa Carlotta di Ponti, stunningly beautiful and filthy rich, has finally escaped her abusive marriage and is looking to find true love in St. Tropez.
The party season kicks off with a spectacular bash at billionaire Harry Silver's palatial mansion, but tragedy soon strikes. Could seemingly innocuous events - a bad oyster, a fatal wasp sting, a faulty funicular - mean something more sinister for the bejewelled citizens of St. Tropez?
It is up to glamorous detective Gabrielle Poulpe to save the day and find the murderer in their midst or life on St. Tropez as its residents know it could be over forever. Can Gabrielle find the culprit before it's too late?
Join the wealthy and the fabulous in the ultimate playground of the rich and the famous, for sun, sin, sex and scandal as they battle a threat from within...
With her family's roots in entertainment, Joan Collins seemed destined for stardom, but it took more than looks and talent to rise to the top. Drawing on the courage and willingness to work hard that are hallmarks of her success, she left the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London to try her hand at film and then gambled on Hollywood, where her rise was spectacular. She has starred in countless roles in film, television, and theater, from The Virgin Queen—where she was not one of Bette Davis's favorite ladies-in-waiting—to The Girl in a Red Velvet Swing, The Last Mrs. Cheney, Private Lives, and of course, Dynasty, where she played shrewdly calculating Alexis Carrington. She has been a television film producer, and as a bestselling novelist she won a landmark legal victory over her publisher, Random House. Married four times, she talks about her husbands, her high-profile love affairs, and her relationship with her sister, world-renowned novelist Jackie Collins. Joan Collins has worked and played with the most celebrated producers, directors, and actors, and she discusses how her personal and professional lives have been crucially intertwined. Follow up Second Act with Past Imperfect and My Unapologetic Diaries to read more about Joan Collins's exciting life.
Out of the spotlight, the drama and excitement of Joan Collins' life rivals the plot of the most compelling Hollywood blockbuster. Now, in Second Act, Joan Collins tells her own story with striking candor and wonderful anecdotes full of insight and wit. Compulsively readable.—Sunday Telegraph.
From Publishers Weekly
“…Collins's experiences enhance the various Hollywood settings with a good blend of glitz and gossip…”
From Publishers Weekly
This crisp, savvy romance by actress and novelist Collins ( Prime Time ) assembles a vivid array of international stage and film personalities in Acapulco in 1955, where one of them is murdered on a movie location. Tracing the lives of each, Collins returns to Paris in 1943 where Ines Dessault, age 14, plies her hooker's trade in order to survive in occupied France. Brutalized by a client, let's not give away Joan's inimitable style!/mc fascist Italian general Umberto Scrofo, she stabs him with his razor, leaving him for dead. Ines flees to England, educating and upgrading herself to ``courtesan.'' Scrofo recovers, kills a woman in Greece and earns the sworn hatred of Nikolas Stanopolis--future film director Nicholas Stone. Meanwhile Ines and Julian (``Looks'') Brooks, top British box office star, fall in love. Ines worries about her secret past and contends with rivals--Julian's blowsy wife Phoebe and precocious teenage dancer Dominique, whose eerie, sexually frustrated duenna Agathe also pines for Julian. With all the principal players gathered in Mexico, the plot takes many an engaging turn, especially when the vile Scrofo surfaces as a moneyed producer. Collins dishes up a tasty read, pleasingly seasoned with tattle and memorabilia of stage and screen.
Witty, clever and beautiful, Joan Collins possesses a singular star quality that has come to define what it means to be a living legend. As an actress, author and producer she has built a career that places her in the unrivalled ranks of an international icon.
In The World According to Joan she shares her life experience with her trademark humour and wisdom. From manners to men via fashion and family, to ageing and marriage, she takes on subjects close to every woman's heart. Erudite, honest and full of verve, this is Joan Collins at her definitive best.