BY Duane Wells
October 15 2009 1:05 PM ET
Actress, author, and television icon Joan Collins, has never been a
shrinking violet. And after over 50 years in show business she
apparently has no intention of becoming one.
Whether playing sex
kittens, historical heroines, or the villainous ex-wife of a certain
Denver-based oil baron, Joan Collins has developed a reputation in
Hollywood for portraying the kind of brassy characters who
refuse to fade into the background. Collins has throughout her career
enjoyed a considerable gay following, which was only boosted by her
iconic role as vengeful Alexis Carrington Colby on the ’80s television
phenomenon Dynasty. And now, just like those strong-willed,
irrepressible characters, Collins will once again take center stage and
boldly draw back the curtain on both her career and storied personal
life in An Evening With Joan Collins, which makes its West Coast
debut on Friday, October 16, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in
Long Beach, Calif. It is the first of what Collins hopes will be
many nights on this side of the pond for her one-woman show, which has
already toured the United Kingdom to rave reviews.
Filled with anecdotes, photos, and video clips that trace the path of her eventful life, An Evening With Joan Collins
promises audiences an irreverent firsthand trip down the memory lane of
Collin’s roller-coaster past — from her early pinup model days to
working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Collins promises to hold back very few of the dishiest moments from
her whirlwind, multifaceted show business journey, which began before
she even hit puberty.