Joan Collins

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Joan Henrietta Collins, OBE (born 23 May 1933)[1] is an English actress, author, and columnist. Flamboyant in her personal life, she is perhaps best known in the United States for the role of the equally flamboyant Alexis Colby in the long running television series Dynasty.


Early life

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

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