Thursday, 23 December 2010

JContheCover: Palm Springs Lite (1982)

Continuing the Christmas theme, Joan appeared on this American Magazine for the December 1982 issue.

Inside was an 8 page article entitled "A Chic And Shimmering Christmas" with some fantastic photographs of Joan (2 shown below).

Dynasty Adverts

Previously I have featured adverts for Dynasty that appeared in the weekly US TV Guide magazines. This one is from November 23, 1983 and introduced Michael Nader to the cast as Farnsworth "Dex" Dexter.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Christmas all wrapped up ?

With Christmas only days away, here we see Joan pictured amongst gifts for the festive season. This photograph appeared on the December 1999 newsletter sent out to fan club members.

JContheCover: TV Times (1982)

Joan has graced the cover of this popular UK TV listing magazine several times over the years. This issue from April 1982 was to promote the TVTimes Top Ten Awards which she was co-hosting with Michael Aspel during a break in filming of her then new film Nutcracker.


Joan with Peter Holm are joined by John James and Marcia Wolf at a Hollywood Awards Ceremony.

Thursday, 9 December 2010


Joan with Ivana Trump at a party in Manhatten for the 25th Anniversary of 20/20 magazine (lenses, frames and fashions, not to be confused with the television show on ABC, which Joan has appeared on).

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

JContheCover: Telegraph (1988)

This one day issue was sent to me by local newsagent with my regular delivery, they were a family business and knew about my interest in Joan and would look out and reserve magazines for me.

On the cover with Joan is John Mortimer a barrister who interviewed her at a top London hotel. The article is 3 1/2 pages and entitled "Joan Collins Is A Good Egg"


Gary Bernstein took this gorgeous photo of Joan for Woman's Own magazine in England.

Past In Photos: Joan with Celebrities

Joan pictured with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber at the 44th Evening Standard Theatre Awards, held at The Savoy in London in 1999.

Monday, 6 December 2010

JContheCover: RTEGuide (1988)

This Irish RTE Guide featured Joan on the cover as Dynasty returned to the Network 2 channel.
Inside a 2 page article, "Back" posed 3 questions for the soaps return, "Where has Krystle gone?", "Will Alexis Live or Die?" and "How much of Alexis is Joan Collins?"

The South Bank Show (1999)

Joan with Melvyn Bragg on the set of the South Bank Show from 14th November 1999


This picture was used on the back cover of the American version of Joan's 2nd novel, Love & Desire & Hate, with a similar one on the UK hardback. Handbills and cardboard displays were found in all good booksellers promoting the publication.

I purchased my copy days before going to see Joan in Private Lives at the Aldwych Theatre in London, where backstage I met her for the first time, and she signed the book for me, asking me if I was enjoying it?

I will look out the photographs and publish them in a future post.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

JConthecover: OrangeCoast (1982)

This American magazine from October 1982 features Joan on the cover and inside a 5 page article in which Joan talks about her family, stardom and Alexis Carrington.

Past In Photos: Joan with celebrities

In 1985 Joan appeared at the Royal Variety Show. The opening was classic with the orchestra playing the theme to Coronation Street prompting Joan to leave the stage until they change to the Dynasty theme when she returns stating, "That's better, I didn't think I look like Hilda Ogden". Joan then went on to talk about Hollywood Musicals and introduced the next act. Later she returned to pay tribute to Fred Astaire".

The above picture shows the aftershow line up when Her Majesty The Queen meets the cast before leaving the theatre. Joan is standing next to Lauren Bacall. Also pictured are Jean Simmons, Patrick Duffy, Alice Faye and Celeste Holm.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Past In Photos: Joan with Celebrities

Today's Celebrity Photo is from 1987 and features Joan with Clint Eastwood taken at the All-Star Party for Joan Collins.

JConthecover: Coleccao Cinema (1956)

As Joan is currently in the UK, perhaps she would have seen that Land of The Pharoahs was shown on BBC2 today. Made in 1954, the film featured Jack Hawkins, and Sydney Chaplin.

Today's magazine is from Portugal and features Joan as Princess Nellifer and Jack Hawkins as the Pharoah on the cover and inside a 5 page adaptation of the film.

Visit my website for more photographs from the film.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Past In Photos: Joan With Celebrities

This is a new section on my blog, and features pictures of Joan with celebrities, starting with this one of her with Susan Sangster. Not sure of the exact date or venue.

JConthecover: Detroit Free Press (1991)

This American magazine from 1991 was one of many covers around at the time to promote the Dynasty Reunion special which tied up all the loose ends from the original series. I have more covers in the archives, and will also be looking at the 25th Anniversary special "Catfights and Caviar" in future posts.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

JConthecover: Neue Welt (1987)

Today's magazine is one of the many German titles, Joan has appeared on over the years, called Neue Welt from November 1987.
Dynasty fans will know that the guy with her is James Healey, the actor who portrayed her last husband in the series, Sean Rowan.

Inside the magazine is a great 2 page article about the wedding episode.

I will be featuring more German magazines in future posts.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Dynasty Photos - Diahann Carroll

This B&W publicity photo from my collection is similar to that on today's magazine cover post.

JConthecover: The Boston Herald (1984)

It's back to 1984 for today's post, and a What's on magazine from The Boston Herald, featuring Diahann Carroll who joined the cast of Dynasty toward's the end of Season 4 as Dominique Deveraux on the cover with Joan.
Inside is an article about how the networks planned to outdo each other in the ratings war.

Friday, 15 October 2010

JConthecover: Sunday Mirror Magazine (1991)

Today's magazine from the archives of my collection is The Sunday Mirror Magazine, dated 8th September 1991. It is a great cover and inside a 3 page article to celebrate the return of Dynasty which at that time had been off the air for 2 years.
Fans were finally to be treated to a Reunion which would "tie up all the loose ends" when the series had ended. What had happened to Blake? .... Where was Krystle? and what had become of Alexis last seen plunging off the balcony at the Carlton Hotel with Dex, watched in horror by Sable, Monica and Adam?
The article, called "Joan Gets A Dressing Down" featured 7 pictures of Joan and some of the fabulous creations, courtesy of Nolan Miller that she would wear during the 4 hour 2 part mini-series.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Film: The Opposite Sex (1956)

This rare press still shows Joan with co-star Leslie Nielson studying their lines in a quiet corner of the sound stage at MGM.

JConthecover: Films In Review (1956)

This 1956 issue of Films in Reviews features Joan as Crystal Allen and Dolores Gray in the film, "The Opposite Sex", which also starred Ann Miller, June Allyson, Joan Blondell, Ann Sheridan, Jeff Richards, Leslie Nielson and Agnes Moorehead. A remake of the film "The Women".

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Mexican Lobby Cards: Dark Places

I mentioned in a previous post that I would feature more Mexican Lobby Cards as and when I aquire them.
This one from the film Dark Places is one of three I recently added to my collection.

Adverts: Cannon Mills (1984)

Over the years Joan has advertised a whole range of items, from drinks like the famous Cinzano Ads (already featured on the blog), Perfumes, Cars, and many others which I will be featuring shortly on my website and here on the blog.

In 1984 Cannon Mills ran a campaign with Joan and Larry Hagman from Dallas. This one of Joan, "Two of the most famous names in America bathe together"

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

JConthecover: Littlewoods Catalogue (1989)

Joan appeared on the cover for the Spring/Summer 1989 catalogue with the launch of the Joan Collins Lingerie Collection.

A page from the catalogue and one of the items in the collection, which was available to order.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

JConthecover: Veronica (1985)

Staying with a Dutch theme, today's magazine featuring Joan on the cover is Veronica from December 1985. Inside is a 2 page article about Christmas and how the Dynasty stars celebrate.

DVD: Monte Carlo

This is the Dutch DVD cover for Monte Carlo, the 2nd mini-series that Joan
co-produced and also starred in alongside George Hamilton and Malcolm McDowell.
Most of the time artwork on foreign video's and DVD's is very different to English versions.

I will be featuring more Monte Carlo from my collection in future posts.

Friday, 13 August 2010

JConthecover: Tele star (1987)

During the Dynasty years Joan appeared on hundreds of magazine covers Worldwide promoting the show.
This cover from French Magazine, Tele Star dated 31 August 1987 also features Linda Evans.

TV: Russell Harty Interview

This rare photo shows Joan backstage with the late Russell Harty, and her then fiance, Peter Holm.

During the interview shown on BBC1 show, Joan talks to Russell about her private life and career, also about her new venture as spokeswoman for Revlon's perfume, "Scoundrel", and her work on Dynasty, plus a clip of her appearing in the film, "Lady Godiva Rides Again".

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Fool Britannia (1963)

As a fan of Joan, like many collectors I would get a buzz whenever I found a new item be it magazine, book or something relating to one of her films.
So whenever possible, I would visit film trade fairs around the country, or look for shops dealing in film memorabilia, and London was where I usually struck lucky.

I purchased this 45 r.p.m. record at one such fair, having gone through the stall holders entire stock.

Fool Britannia was written in 1963 by Leslie Bricusse and Joan's husband at the time, the late Anthony Newley. A series of 15 satirical sketches the cast also included Peter Sellers, Daniel Massey and Michael Lipton alongwith Joan and Anthony.
This copy released on the ember record label has 5 tracks and Joan features in 2 of them, "Whatever happened to John and Martia" with Peter and Tony, and "There's No Business Like No Business" with Tony, Peter and Mike.

Over the years I have seen various re-releases and the cover pictures have changed with Joan's being taken from a Dynasty photo.

The whole 15 track production was released to CD on the Hallmark label in 1997.


In 1990 I was fortunate to meet Anthony Newley when he toured my home town with his one man show, which included some of his many famous songs, he also spoke of his career and his marriages, including the one to Joan. At the end of the evening he took part in a Q&A session with the audience. Whatever their differences had been during their marriage, when a question from the audience about Joan was asked, he remained loyal and only said good things about her.

Front of House, he was amazed when I showed him my copy of Fool Britannia and he offered to sign it, alongwith a magazine which I will feature in a future post.

My Mum took this photograph of us in the theatre bar.

JConthecover: Livewire (1996)

Livewire was a complimentary magazine produced by the East Coast rail network here in the UK, and this issue is from August/September 1996.

I was travelling to London one weekend and could not believe my eyes to see this on display for passengers, especially with Joan on the cover "Warhol" style. Inside is a great 5 page article, "The Making of a glamour Queen".

That was one rail journey well worth the money!!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

JConthecover: TV Week (1983)

This Australian magazine from October 1983, features Joan on the cover with her co-star Jon-Erik Hexum and 3 other models from the TV movie, "The Making of A Male Model" or "The Look" which was it's title in the USA.
Inside the magazine is a 1 page article, "Joan And Those Young Men"

In the movie Joan plays a successful modelling agent, Kay Dillon who signs up a country boy for her agency.

I have some more photos from this movie to feature at a later date.

From 1983-1987 Joan appeared on the cover of this magazine another 12 times. I have all those magazines in my collection and will feature them in future posts.

The Death of Jon-Erik Hexum

On October 12th, 1984, he had been working on the set of a series called "Cover Up", during breaks in filming, he jokingly put a prop .44 magnum revolver to his temple and pulled the trigger.
The gun fired, and the wadding from the blank cartridge shattered his skull.

He was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery, unfortunately the damage to his brain was already done and a week later (October 18), he was taken off life support and pronounced dead.

He was only 26 years old.

Cinzano Photos

Back in May this year, I featured on the blog a Cinzano poster and mentioned I would post more from these wonderful adverts at a later date.

Here is a B&W photo of Joan with the late Leonard Rossiter from the Cinzano Bianco launch advert first shown in 1978.
For those who haven't seen this or any of the others, with the Cinzano in his hand, Leonard's character says "Ah Melissa darling, you're early (looking at watch)... would you like a Cinzano?
Her reply, "No thank you, I've just had one", (referring to the one he has spilt down the front of her dress).

Classic Comedy.

I will feature other photos from these adverts very soon.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

JConthecover: Voici (1988)

The latest addition to my collection is this French magazine from September 1988.
Joan features on the cover and inside a 2 page article with pictures of Stephanie Beacham and Tracy Scoggins who at the time had joined the cast of Dynasty. The article is titled "Is this the end of Joan Collins?"

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Joan played Janice Regan when she made a guest appearance in this episode of Starsky and Hutch, shown in 2 parts from the 17 September 1977.

The two detectives are assigned to go undercover to the tropical Playboy Island to investigate the mysterious happenings connected to William Thorne, "the richest man in the world", who lives a reclusive life on the island, and who's associates are being murdered with what appears to be voodoo magic...

Also known as "Murder on Voodoo Island"
Other cast regulars included Bernie Hamilton & Antonio Fargas

Thanks to my very good friend Kathy in America for sending me this years ago before it was released on DVD.

JConthecover: Zycie (1997)

Poland is the magazine country I am featuring today. This weekly magazine dated 25 September 1997 has Joan on the cover and inside almost a full page article. As I do not read or speak Polish, I cannot provide any more details, however if there are any Polish followers of my blog out there, please get in touch, I'd appreciate your help with this.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

JConthecover: News (1993)

This Austrian magazine has a great cover photo of Joan and inside a 4 page article, "Phantom Der Oper" about the Opernball festival she attended that year.

Photo: The Author

This unusual photo entitled 'The Author' shows Joan looking through a window of all the books she has written, which I have in my collection, and will be featuring in future posts.

Monday, 26 July 2010

JConthecover: Cosmopolitan (1984)

It's back to 1984 for today's magazine post, and the UK version of Cosmopolitan with Joan on the cover. Inside there is a 3 1/2 page article, "The Bitch And The Rich".

Two years later, Joan would grace the cover of the magazine again, and I have a copy of this and will feature it in the near future.

Awards: 1983 Emmys

This photograph of the late John Forsythe with Joan and Linda Evans was taken at the 1983 Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena in California on 25th September 1983.
The ceremony hosted by Eddie Murphy & Joan Rivers saw both John and Linda nominated for awards, John for Outstanding Lead Actor and Linda for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series (Dynasty),unfortunately neither of them won.

As for Joan, well it wasn't until 1984 that she was nominated for the award, in the same category as Linda, and I will feature pictures of that in a future post.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

JConthecover: Marie-Pier (1986)

Joan is featured on the cover of this Canadian Magazine dated 1st February 1986, and inside a 4 page article.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Seawife - Mexican Lobby Card

As a fan of Joan for over 25 years, I have collected a wide range of items from her amazing career including posters, photographs, films, books and magazines, pressbooks, press cuttings, and lobby cards and stills.
I have recently acquired some Mexican lobby cards and these are very different from English and US ones, especially because of their amazing artwork.
Today I am featuring one from the 1956 film Seawife which Joan starred in alongside Richard Burton, Cy Grant and Basil Sidney. I will feature others in future posts as I add more to my collection.

JConthecover: 24seven (2010)

This is the July 2010 issue of 24seven featuring Joan on the cover and inside a 2 page article 'The Bitch' is back in Brum about her forthcoming pantomime debut as Queen Rat in Dick Whittington at the Birmingham Hippodrome from 18th December 2010 - 30 January 2011.

A big thank you to Adrian at What's on magazine group for sending me this copy.

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