Joan Collins

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Joan Collins
OBE
Joan Collins - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg
Joan Collins attending 2012 Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
Born Joan Henrietta Collins
(1933-05-23) 23 May 1933 (age 81)
Paddington, London, England
Occupation Actress, author, columnist
Years active 1942–present
Spouse(s) Maxwell Reed
(m. 1952–1956; divorced)
Anthony Newley
(m. 1963–1971; divorced)
Ronald S. Kass
(m. 1972–1983; divorced)
Peter Holm
(m. 1985–1987; divorced)
Percy Gibson
(m. 2002–present)
Children Tara Cynara Newley
Alexander Anthony Newley
Katyana Kennedy Kass
Relatives Jackie Collins (sister)
Website
http://www.joancollins.net/

Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born 23 May 1933), is an English actress, author and columnist. Born in Paddington, west London and brought up in Maida Vale, Collins grew up during the Second World War. After making her stage debut in A Doll's House at the age of 9, she was trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. After eighteen months at the drama school, she was signed to an exclusive contract by the Rank Organisation and appeared in various British films.

At the age of 22, Collins headed to Hollywood and landed sultry roles in several popular films, including The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) and Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958). While she continued to make films in the US and the UK throughout the 1960s, her career languished in the 1970s, where she appeared in a number of horror flicks. Near the end of the decade, she starred in two films based on best-selling novels by her younger sister Jackie Collins: The Stud (1978) and its sequel The Bitch (1979). Returning to her theatrical roots, she played the title role in the 1980 British revival of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney and later had a lead role in the 1990 revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives. In 1981, Collins landed the role of Alexis Carrington Colby, the ruthless ex-wife of John Forsythe's character, in the 1980s television soap opera Dynasty, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1982. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983 for career achievement.

Since the late 1970s, Collins has written several books (including beauty and autobiographical books). In 1988, she followed in her sister's footsteps and published her first novel, Prime Time. Despite a protracted legal battle with publishers Random House in the 1990s, she has continued to write books, fictional, non-fictional and autobiographical.

Early life[edit]

Collins was born in Paddington, London, the daughter of Elsa Collins (née Bessant), a dance teacher and nightclub hostess, and Joseph William Collins (died 1988), an agent[1] whose clients would later include Shirley Bassey, the Beatles and Tom Jones.[2] Her father, a native of South Africa, was Jewish, and her British mother was Anglican.[3][4][5] She has one sister, author Jackie Collins,[1] and one brother, Bill Collins. Joan was educated at the Francis Holland School, an independent day school for girls in London[6] and then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Collins in I Believe in You (1952)

At the age of 17, Collins was signed to the J. Arthur Rank Film Company, a British film studio.[7] She trained at the Rank Organisation's "charm school".

Career[edit]

Early film career[edit]

She made her feature debut as a beauty contest entrant in Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951) and had a number of other minor film appearances in the UK, such as, Sea Wife (1952).[7] She was next signed by 20th Century Fox in 1955 as their answer to MGM's Elizabeth Taylor.[7] She actually screen tested for the title role in Cleopatra which eventually went to Taylor. According to an article in Picture Post, Collins was frustrated by her time at Rank.[8] She made her Hollywood debut in Howard Hawks's box office disaster, Land of the Pharaohs (1955), and appeared in Island in the Sun (1957). In 1960 she played the title role in the Biblical movie, Esther and the King, opposite Richard Egan.

Collins was popular as a magazine pin-up in the UK throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, with cover appearances on titles such as Span and 66.[9]

Collins in Drive Hard, Drive Fast (1973)

Her notable guest appearances on American television during the 1960s and 1970s included Batman, The Virginian, Mission: Impossible, Police Woman and the notable Star Trek episode, "The City on the Edge of Forever".

In the 1970s, Collins made several films and then starred in the softcore film versions of her sister Jackie Collins's racy novels The Stud and The Bitch. The films were extremely successful financially. The Stud, made for $600,000 went on to gross over $20,000,000 internationally.[10]

She also appeared in an all-star horror classic in Britain around this time. In the 1972 Amicus film adaptation of Tales From The Crypt, based on American E.C. horror comics from the 50s, Joan played a murderous wife in "And All Through The House" a story that originally appeared in the comic book The Vault of Horror #35 and was written and illustrated by Johnny Craig.

Dynasty[edit]

In 1981, Collins was offered a role in the second season of the then struggling new soap opera Dynasty (1981–89) playing Alexis Carrington, the beautiful but vengeful ex-wife of tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe). Her performance is generally credited as one factor in the fledgling show's subsequent rise in the Nielsen ratings[11] to a hit rivaling Dallas.

In 1985, Dynasty was the #1 show in the United States, beating out Dallas which ranked at #2.[12] For her portrayal of Alexis, Collins was nominated six times for a Golden Globe Award (every year from 1982 to 1987), winning once in 1983, the same year she was nominated for an Emmy as Best Actress in a Drama Series.[13] Upon accepting the award, Collins thanked Sophia Loren for turning down the part of Alexis.[14] At the age of 50, Collins appeared in a twelve page photo layout for Playboy magazine shot by George Hurrell.[15]

In 1983, Collins starred in Making of a Male Model with young model-actor Jon-Erik Hexum, and in 1984, played a soap star in The Cartier Affair with David Hasselhoff. In the same year, she also co-hosted the ABC-TV special Blondes vs. Brunettes. With Dynasty at the height of its success, Collins began producing and starred in the 1986 CBS miniseries Sins and Monte Carlo.[16]

In the 2001 E! True Hollywood Story episode featuring Dynasty, former ABC executive Ted Harbert stated, "The truth is we didn't really believe that we had this thing done as a hit until Joan Collins walked down that courtroom aisle." Co-star Al Corley noted that Collins "just flew" in the role that was "tailor made...just spot on." In Dynasty producer Aaron Spelling's final press interview, he said of Collins: "We didn't write Joan Collins. She played Joan Collins. Am I right? We wrote a character, but the character could have been played by 50 people and 49 of them would have failed. She made it work."[17]

Later career[edit]

Joan Collins with Dynasty co-stars Stephanie Beacham and Emma Samms in London, 2009.

After the end of Dynasty in 1989, Collins took time off. She rejoined her co-stars for Dynasty: The Reunion, a 1991 miniseries that concluded the series which had been left with a cliffhanger ending after its abrupt cancellation. In the 1990s, Collins made several guest star appearances on series such as Roseanne, The Nanny and Will & Grace while dabbling in films like Decadence and A Midwinter's Tale. She also appeared as the main characters of films such as Mama's Back and Annie: A Royal Adventure! (in the latter of which she plays the main antagonist, Lady Edwina Hogbottom) during this period.

In 1990, Collins played Amanda in a revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives. She would later appear in the same play in 1992 starring opposite Simon Jones.[citation needed] In 1991 Collins also appeared in Noël Coward's Tonight at 8:30.[18] Collins was chosen as the cover model for the relaunch of the popular celebrity magazine OK! when it changed from being a monthly to a weekly.[9]

In 1999, Collins was cast in the video version of musical theatre show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She played two roles in this video: a pianist and Mrs. Potiphar, the wife of Egyptian millionaire Potiphar.[19]

In 2000, Collins joined the cast of The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, a prequel to the 1994 Universal Studios live action film The Flintstones. She played the supporting role Pearl Slaghoople (Wilma Flintstone's mother).

In 2001, she costarred in the television film These Old Broads with Debbie Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine and Elizabeth Taylor. The film was written by Reynolds' daughter Carrie Fisher.

Collins at 2010 The Heart Truth

In 2002, Collins returned to soap operas in a limited guest run on the American daytime soap Guiding Light.[20] In 2005, actress Alice Krige portrayed Collins in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalised television film based on the creation and behind the scenes production of Dynasty.[21]

In early 2006, Collins toured the United Kingdom in An Evening With Joan Collins, a one-woman show in which she detailed the highs and lows of her career and life, directed by her husband Percy Gibson. In 2006, she reunited with her Dynasty co-stars for the non-fiction special Dynasty Reunion: Catfights and Caviar. Later that year, she began a tour of North America in the play Legends! with former Dynasty co-star Linda Evans, which concluded in May 2007 after a 30-week run.

In 2005, Collins joined the cast of the hit British television series Footballer's Wives for a limited run. She also guest-starred in the BBC series Hotel Babylon in 2006 as a lonely aristocrat desperate for romance.

Collins appeared in a two-hour episode of the murder-mystery drama Marple in 2009 ("They Do It with Mirrors"). She played Ruth Van Rydock, an old friend of detective Miss Marple.

On 24 January 2010, it was announced that Collins was joining the German soap opera Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love) for a short run. She played an aristocratic British woman, Lady Joan, who takes a young prince in tow. Collins started shooting on 22 February 2010 and appeared on-screen in April 2010.[22]

She made her pantomime debut in Dick Whittington as Queen Rat at the Birmingham Hippodrome during the 2010 Christmas season, starring alongside Nigel Havers, Keith Harris and Julian Clary.[23]

In May 2013 Collins announced on her Twitter profile that she would be joining the cast of British TV sitcom Benidorm in a guest role.

Personal and public life[edit]

Family and personal life[edit]

Collins has been married five times,[24][25] firstly to Northern Irish actor Maxwell Reed, whom she married on 24 May 1952 after he raped her[26][27] and divorced in 1956.[1] Collins then married Anthony Newley in 1963 and Ron Kass in 1972; she had two children, Tara and Sacha, with Newley and her third, Katyana, with Kass. Collins's marriage to Kass ended in divorce in 1983. On 3 November 1985, Collins married Swedish singer Peter Holm[1] in a ceremony in Las Vegas. They were divorced on 25 August 1987.[1] Collins married Percy Gibson on 17 February 2002[1] at Claridge's Hotel in London and later renewed their vows in 2009.[28]

By her daughter Tara Cynara Newley, Collins has two grandchildren and by her son Sacha Newley has a further grandchild.[29]

Collins maintains residences in London, Los Angeles, New York and the South of France,[30] describing her life as being "that of a gypsy".[31]

Collins is the godmother of English fashion model Cara Delevingne.[32]

Political views[edit]

After decades of flirting with British politics, on 24 May 2004 Collins joined the United Kingdom Independence Party.[33]

In early 2005 Collins commented that she had rejoined the Conservative Party stating, "The Labour Party doesn't care about the British people."[34]

She also continues to contribute as The Spectator magazine guest diarist, something she has done since the late 1990s. Collins also writes occasionally for the Daily Mail, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Lady, and in the USA, Harper's Bazaar. In September 2008, Collins signed on to the Sunday Telegraph as a weekly opinions columnist through the final quarter of the year before leaving to pursue other projects.

She has commented that she was a huge supporter of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, and was one of the handful of guests to be invited to her funeral on 17 April 2013.[35] Collins is also a staunch monarchist, stating "I'm a big monarchist and I love the Queen."[36] Collins favours British withdrawal from the European Union.[37]

Charitable work[edit]

Collins has publicly supported several charities for several decades. In 1982, Collins spoke before the U.S. Congress about increasing funding for neurological research. In 1983, she was named a patron of the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, earning the foundation's highest honour in 1988 for her continuing support. Additionally, 1988 also saw the opening of the Joan Collins Wing of the Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan, USA. In 1990, she was made an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In 1994 Collins was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Association of Breast Cancer Studies in Great Britain for her contribution to breast cancer awareness in the UK. Collins is patron of Fight for Sight, in 2003, she became a patron of the Shooting Star Children's Hospice in Great Britain while continuing to support several foster children in India; something she has done for the past 25 years. Collins serves her former school, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as the Honorary President of the RADA Associates.[38]

Books[edit]

Collins has also established herself as an author. In addition to her bestselling novels (Prime Time, Love & Desire & Hate, Infamous, Star Quality, and Misfortune's Daughters) she has written six lifestyle books (The Joan Collins Beauty Book, My Secrets, My Friends' Secrets, Joan's Way: The Art of Living Well and "The Joan Collins Cook Book") and memoirs (Past Imperfect, Katy: A Fight for Life and Second Act). To date she has sold over 50 million copies of her books which have been translated into 30 languages.[39]

In the 1990s, Collins was embroiled in a high-profile legal battle with the publisher Random House, which was televised daily on Court TV. Collins had signed a two-book deal with the company for $4 million and they had given her a $1.2 million advance. In September 1991 Collins delivered a 690-page manuscript of a novel entitled The Ruling Passion to Random House. However, the publishing firm deemed the manuscript to be of such poor quality that they demanded the return of the $1.2 million advance they had paid to Collins, claiming she had failed to deliver completed books as per her contract. Collins countersued, arguing that her contract required her only to submit a "complete manuscript" not an "acceptable" one. Since she had turned in two novels to the publishing company, A Ruling Passion in 1991 and a second novel, Hell Hath No Fury, in 1992, as her contract stipulated, she felt Random House owed her the rest of the $4 million. She also contended that Random House had not provided the editorial assistance she had expected.[40]

Her Random House contract, negotiated by agent Irving Lazar, required that she was to be paid even if her completed manuscripts were not published. When the case was finally heard in February 1996, a court determined that Collins could keep the advance given to her plus a further $1 million for the first completed manuscript, but that the publisher did not have to pay for the second manuscript since it was essentially a reworking of the first.[41] The Guinness Book of World Records cites Collins as holding the record for retaining the world's largest unreturned payment for an unpublished manuscript.[42]

Memoir
  • Past Imperfect: An Autobiography (1978)
  • Katy: A Fight for Life, A Memoir (1982)
  • Second Act: An Autobiography (1996)
  • Passion For Life: An Autobiography (2013)[43]
Non-fiction
  • The Joan Collins Beauty Book (1980)
  • Portraits of a Star (1987)
  • My Secrets (1994)
  • Health, Youth and Happiness: My Secrets (1995)
  • My Friends' Secrets (1999)
  • Joan's Way: Looking Good, Feeling Great (2002)
  • The Art of Living Well: Looking Good, Feeling Great (2007)
  • The World According to Joan (2011)
Fiction
  • Prime Time, a novel (1988)
  • Love and Desire and Hate, a novel (1990)
  • Too Damn Famous, a novel (1995) retitled Infamous for US (1996)
  • Star Quality, a novel (2002)
  • Misfortune's Daughters, a novel (2004)
By other authors
  • Joan Collins by John Kercher, Gallery Books (1984)
  • Joan Collins, Superstar: A Biography by Robert Levine, Dell Publishing (1985)
  • A Touch of Collins by Joe Collins, Columbus Books (1986)
  • Inside Joan Collins: A Biography by Jay David, Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc. (1988)
  • Hollywood Sisters: Jackie and Joan Collins by Susan Crimp and Patricia Burstein, St. Martin's Press (1989)
  • Joan Collins: The Biography of an Icon by Graham Lord, Orion (2007)

TV adverts[edit]

Beginning in the early 1950s, Collins appeared as a teenager in a Gas Board Commercial; in the early '70s, Collins appeared in television and magazine advertisements for British Airways, in which she was referred to as their "Most Frequent Flyer of First Class", a title she has maintained, having promoted the airline for more than three decades. In 1978, she appeared alongside Leonard Rossiter in a series of Cinzano TV commercials in which the drink was spilled down her character's dress. This was named as one of the Top 100 British Adverts in a Channel 4 poll. In the mid-1980s, Collins appeared in print advertisements for Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Sanyo[44] and was the face of Revlon's Scoundrel perfume. In 1988 she appeared in three TV commercials for the Bristol & West Building Society written and directed by Stephen Ward, who went on to write the film Backbeat. In 1991, Collins appeared in a television commercial for British Gas[45] In 1992 she appeared in internationally broadcast television commercials for Marca Bravaria beer[46] while also acting as the face of the perfume Spectacular. Also around this time, she starred in an advert for the Rover Metro. Since 2000 she has appeared in TV ads for UK retailer Marks & Spencer, Olympus cameras, Old Navy[47] and Marriott hotels. In 2007 Collins fronted two high-profile advertising campaigns. The first was as the face of skincare company Cellex-C's Ageless 15 Skin Serum. The second was as the face of the Royal Mail's Christmas campaign. In 2008, Collins took part in an online and print advertising campaign for the Dorchester Hotel in London and a Christmas television commercial, once again, for Marks & Spencer. In 2010, Collins was named the face of Alexis Bittar Jewelry for Spring Fashion Week.[48] In 2012 she appeared in an advert for Snickers chocolate bar alongside Stephanie Beacham.[49] In 2014, Collins debuted as the face of the perfume I Am Woman.

Music[edit]

In 1959, she performed "It's Great Not To Be Nominated" at the Academy Awards with actresses Angela Lansbury and Dana Wynter. In 1962, she sang "Let's Not Be" in the film The Road to Hong Kong with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Collins teamed up with Peter Sellers and her then-husband Anthony Newley in 1963 to record the album Fool Britannia, which made the UK Top 10. In 1968, she sang a zodiac-themed duet with Newley, titled "Chalk & Cheese", in Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?

In a 1983 episode of Dynasty, she performed "The Boys in the Back Room", a Marlene Dietrich song from the 1930s film Destry Rides Again. She next sang "The Last Time I Saw Paris" in the television miniseries Monte Carlo in 1986. In 2001, Collins performed several musical numbers in These Old Broads with Debbie Reynolds and Shirley MacLaine, and that same year appeared in Badly Drawn Boy's music video for "Pissing in the Wind."

In the 1980s, Joan Collins released a solo 7" single with a live recording of her citing John Lennon's "Imagine" supported by the London Symphony Orchestra, in the Netherlands.

Honours[edit]

In 1997, Collins was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in honour of her contribution to the arts and ongoing charity work.

Awards[edit]

  • 1956: Golden Globe Most Promising Young Actress Award.
  • 1957: Star of Tomorrow.
  • 1957: Motion Picture Magazine Award, Most Promising New Star.
  • 1978: Saturn Award nomination, Best Actress in a Science Fiction film, Empire of the Ants.
  • 1982: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1982: Hollywood Women's Press Club, Female Star of 1982.
  • 1982: Golden Apple Award, Female Star of the Year.
  • 1983: Emmy Award nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1983: The Hollywood International Spotlight Award.
  • 1983: Golden Globe, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1983: Cable ACE Award nomination, Best Actress in a Drama Series, Faerie Tale Theatre's Hansel and Gretel.
  • 1983: Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Career Achievement.
  • 1984: People's Choice Award, Favorite female television performer, Dynasty.
  • 1984: Soap Opera Digest Award, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty.
  • 1984: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1985: People's Choice Award, nomination Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Dynasty.
  • 1985: Soap Opera Digest Award, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty.
  • 1985: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1986: Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comic Relief Role in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty.
  • 1986: People's Choice Award, nomination favourite female television performer, Dynasty.
  • 1986: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1987: Golden Globe nomination, Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama), Dynasty.
  • 1988: Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, Outstanding Villainess in a Primetime Drama Series, Dynasty.
  • 1996: OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution to the arts and ongoing charity work.
  • 1999: Millennium Award of Achievement, Golden Camera Film Council.
  • 2000: Golden Raspberry Award nomination, Worst Supporting Actress, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.
  • 2001: Golden Nymph, Outstanding Female Actor, Monte Carlo Television Festival.
  • 2002: Icon Award, Maxim Magazine, UK.
  • 2003: TV Land Awards, nomination, Hippest Fashion Plate - Female.
  • 2005: Lifetime Achievement Award, San Diego International Film Festival.
  • 2008: Legend Award, Los Angeles Italia-Film, Fashion and Arts Festival.
  • 2010: New York City International Film Festival, Best Actress, Fetish
  • 2010: Beverly Hills Film, TV and New Media Festival, Best Actress, Fetish.
  • 2011: Cosmetic Executive Women (UK) Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2012, Shorts Awards, Visionary Actress, Fetish
  • 2013, Lifetime Achievement Award, Sedona International Film Festival
  • 2014, Award "The Freedom of the City of London".

Credits[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1951 Facts and Fancies Short film
1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again Beauty Queen Contestant Uncredited
1952 The Woman's Angle Marina
1952 Judgment Deferred Lil Carter
1952 I Believe in You Norma Hart
1953 Decameron Nights Pampinea / Maria
1953 Cosh Boy Rene Collins
1953 Turn the Key Softly Stella Jarvis
1953 The Square Ring Frankie
1953 Our Girl Friday Sadie Patch
1954 The Good Die Young Mary Halsey / Mary
1955 Land of the Pharaohs Princess Nellifer
1955 The Virgin Queen Beth Throckmorton
1955 The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Evelyn Nesbit Thaw
1956 The Opposite Sex Crystal
1957 Sea Wife Sea Wife
1957 The Wayward Bus Alice Chicoy
1957 Island in the Sun Jocelyn Fleury
1957 Stopover Tokyo Tina Llewellyn
1958 The Bravados Josefa Velarde
1958 Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Angela Hoffa
1960 Seven Thieves Melanie
1960 Esther and the King Esther
1962 The Road to Hong Kong Diane
1964 Hard Time for Princes Jane
1968 Subterfuge Anne Langley
1969 Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? Polyester Poontang
1969 If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium Girl on Sidewalk Cameo appearance
1969 L'amore breve Roberta
1970 The Executioner Sarah Booth
1970 Up in the Cellar Pat Camber
1971 Revenge Carol Radford
1971 Quest for Love Ottilie / Tracy Fletcher
1972 Tales from the Crypt Joanne Clayton Segment: "And All Through The House"
1972 Fear in the Night Molly Carmichael
1973 Dark Places Sarah Mandeville
1973 Tales That Witness Madness Bella Thompson Segment: "Mel"
1974 L'arbitro Elena Sperani
1975 I Don't Want to Be Born Lucy Carlesi
1975 Il richiamo del lupo Sonia Kendall
1976 Alfie Darling Fay
1976 The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones Black Bess
1976 Il pomicione
1977 Empire of the Ants Marilyn Fryser
1978 Fearless Brigitte
1978 The Big Sleep Agnes Lozelle
1978 Zero to Sixty Gloria Martine
1978 The Stud Fontaine Khaled
1979 Game for Vultures Nicolle
1979 Sunburn Nera
1979 The Bitch Fontaine Khaled
1982 Homework Diane
1983 Nutcracker Laura Carrere
1994 Decadence Helen / Sybil
1995 In the Bleak Midwinter Margaretta D'Arcy
1996 The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story Herself
1997 Coronation Street: Viva Las Vegas! Herself
1999 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Mrs. Potiphar
1999 The Clandestine Marriage Mrs. Heidelberg Also executive producer
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Pearl Slaghoople
2004 Alice in Glamourland Susan
2006 Ozzie Max Happy
2007 Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven Herself
2008 Valentino: The Last Emperor Herself
2010 Fetish Francesca Vonn Short film
2013 Saving Santa Vera Baddington Voice
2014 Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist
2015 The Time of Their Lives[50] Helen

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1964 The Human Jungle Liz Kross Episode: "Struggle for a Mind"
1966 Run for Your Life Gilian Wales Episode: "The Borders of Barbarism"
1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Baroness Bibi De Chasseur / Rosy Shlagenheimer Episode: "The Galatea Affair"
1967 Warning Shot Joanie Valens TV Movie
1967 Star Trek Sister Edith Keeler Episode: "The City on the Edge of Forever"
1967 The Virginian Lorna Marie Marshall Episode: "The Lady from Wichita"
1967 Batman Siren Episodes: "Ring Around the Riddler" and "The Wail of the Siren"
1967 The Danny Thomas Hour Myra Episode: "The Demon Under the Bed"
1969 Mission: Impossible Nicole Vedette Episode: "Nicole"
1972 The Persuaders! Sidonie Episode: "Five Miles to Midnight"
1972 The Man Who Came to Dinner Lorraine Sheldon TV Movie
1973 Drive Hard, Drive Fast Carole Bradley TV Movie
1973 Great Mysteries Jane Blake Episode: "The Dinner Party"
1974 Fallen Angels Jane Banbury TV pilot
1975 Ellery Queen Lady Daisy Frawley Episode: "The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne"
1975 Switch Jackie Simon Episode: "Stung from Beyond"
1975 Space: 1999 Kara Episode: "Mission of the Darians"
1976 Baretta Lynn Stiles Episode: "Pay or Die"
1976 Police Woman Lorelei Frank / Prudence Clark Episodes: "The Pawn Shop" and "The Trick Book"
1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers Avril Devereaux TV Mini-Series
1976 Gibbsville Andrea Episode: "Andrea"
1977 The Fantastic Journey Queen Halyana Episode: "Turnabout"
1977 Future Cop Eve Di Falco Episode: "The Kansas City Kid"
1977 Starsky and Hutch Janice Episode: "Starsky and Hutch on Playboy Island"
1979-1980 Tales of the Unexpected Various 3 episodes
1980 Fantasy Island Lucy Atwell Episode: "My Fair Pharaoh/The Power"
1982 Paper Dolls Racine TV Movie
1982 The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch Annie McCulloch TV Movie
1983 The Love Boat Janine Adams Episode: "The Captain's Crush/Out of My Hair/Off-Course Romance"
1983 Making of a Male Model Kay Dillon TV Movie
1983 Hansel and Gretel Stepmother / Witch TV Movie
1984 Her Life as a Man Pam Dugan TV Movie
1984 The Cartier Affair Cartier Rand / Marilyn Hallifax TV Movie
1986 Sins Helene Junot TV Mini-Series, also executive producer
1986 Monte Carlo Katrina Petrovna TV Movie, also executive producer
1981-1989 Dynasty Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan Series regular, 204 episodes
1991 Red Peppers Lily Pepper TV Movie, also executive producer
1991 Tonight at 8.30 Various Series regular, 8 episodes, also executive producer
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Alexis Morrell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan TV Movie
1993 Roseanne Ronnie Episode: "First Cousin, Twice Removed"
1993 Mama's Back Tamara Hamilton TV pilot
1995 Annie: A Royal Adventure! Lady Edwina Hogbottom TV Movie
1995 Hart to Hart: Two Harts in 3/4 Time Lady Camilla TV Movie
1996 The Nanny Joan Sheffield Episode: "Me and Mrs. Joan"
1997 Pacific Palisades Christina Hobson 7 episodes
1998 Sweet Deception Arianna TV Movie
2000 Will & Grace Helena Barnes Episode: "My Best Friend's Tush"
2001 These Old Broads Addie Holden TV Movie
2002 Guiding Light Alexandra 'Alex' Spaulding von Halkein Thorpe Special guest star
2005 Slavery and the Making of America Reenactor Episode: "Seeds of Destruction"
2006 Hotel Babylon Lady Imogen Patton Episode: "1.7"
2006 Footballers' Wives Eva De Wolffe Episodes: "5.5" and "5.6"
2009 Agatha Christie Marple: They Do It with Mirrors Ruth Van Rydock TV Movie
2010 Rules of Engagement Bunny Dunbar Episode: "Les-bro"
2012-2013 Happily Divorced Herself 3 episodes
2014 Benidorm Crystal Hennessy-Vass Episode 6.7

Theatre[edit]

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