Wednesday, 19 May 2010

TV: Batman

Among the many TV shows that Joan made guest appearances on in the 1960's and 1970's was Batman. She appeared in 2 episodes (no's 96 and 97 of Season 3) playing a villainess called The Siren.

Episode 96 which also starred Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, Joan's character was part of the storyline, which spilled over to the following week when she was the main villain in the episode called "The Wail of the Siren".

Original air dates 21/9/1967 and 28/9/1967. Watch out for more on these episodes in future posts.

JConthecover: Picturegoer (1953)

A British film magazine first published as "The Picturegoer" on 11 October 1913. It changed its name twice between 1914 and 1921 and in the January of that year it became a monthly magazine and continued in that format until May 1931 when it was relaunched as "Picturegoer Weekly".

Each issue featured a star portrait on the cover and Joan actually appeared on 5 of its covers from 1953-1959. This cover is the first of those five, dated April 18, 1953. We have the other 4 issues in the library and these will be featured at later dates.

After 1296 issues of the magazine, it was on the 23rd April 1960 that Picturegoer appeared for the very last time.


Over the years Joan has won and also been nominated for many awards. This post will look at some of these starting back in 1956 when Picturegoer magazine announced Joan Collins was their "Girl Of The Year" The picture is from "The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing"

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

JConthecover: Grand Hotel (1987)

The magazine we have chosen from the archives today is Grand Hotel, an Italian magazine from June 1987, which featured a 2 page article about Joan, "Nonna Cosa Si Fa Per Te"

Scoundrel Perfume

Description of Scoundrel perfume from Revlon.

Monday, 17 May 2010

JConthecover: NZ Woman's Weekly (1984)

As fans will know, Joan has appeared on hundreds of magazines worldwide. On the subject of Dynasty today's magazine is a 1984 copy of New Zealand Woman's Weekly.
Joan appeared on the cover of this magazine several times over the years.

Featured below is an extract from the magazines 2 page article, "Dynasty - and the claws are out"

Ladies and gentlemen, soap fans everywhere. Take your seats for what promises to be a really absorbing contest. At stake - the title of queen of the soaps and with it the coveted superbitch belt.
In the red corner, the holder, red-hot Alexis, one time wife of Blake Carrington, super-suave millionaire. She wants him back but seems doomed to fail.

In the blue corner - that's blue as in icy-cold - the challenger Krystle, also a one-time wife of the busy Mr Carrington and soon to be again.
A word of warning - don't sit too near. This scrap might boil over out of the television arena and into real life.
New Zealand fans are now happily reconciled with the doings of the Dynasty set - having been left last year firmly glued to the edge of their seats as Krystle and Alexis faced death together ... trapped in a burning building.

Just as much heat is being generated by some of the twists the script takes in the new series as the rescued rivals continue their contest.
Well ahead on points at this stage is Krystle, but Alexis is not beaten yet.

And that is just another way of saying Linda Evans looks destined to become the leading light of the show, unless Joan Collins can come from behind. Now read on:

Dynasty Adverts

Over the years, as well as memorabilia, I have also collected press cuttings on Joan. I particularly liked the TV ads which used to appear in the US TV Guide magazine. Here is one from October 10, 1984 issue. Watch out for more of these and other cuttings in future posts.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Film: Island In The Sun (1956)

The Campaign Book issued for the film's release, and a US press still featuring Joan in a scene with Stephen Boyd. There will be more from this film in future posts.

JConthecover: Amor Film (1958)

After a "Blog" Break, its back into the archives with today's post which goes back to March 1958, and this magazine featuring Joan on the cover from the 1956 film "Island In The Sun" which co-starred Joan Fontaine, Dorothy Dandridge, James Mason, Michael Rennie, Harry Belafonte & Stephen Boyd.
This magazine featured the story of the film in pictures over 18 pages. Fragile as the magazine is now 52 years old, it is great to remind ourselves of the film with this article.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

JConthecover: Family Circle (1984)

Another magazine from 1984, this time from America, and a great cover too. This magazine had a 4 1/2 page feature, "Joan Collins Fabulous At 50 And Better Than Ever"
Also, readers got the chance to knit the sweater that Joan wore on the cover as the pattern was also included.

Film: Alfie Darling (1974)

A FOH still showing Joan in bed with Alan Price in a scene from the film made in 1974.
Also in the cast, Jill Townsend, Annie Ross, Sheila White and Hannah Gordon.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

JConthecover: Photoplay (1979)

This November 1979 copy of Photoplay featured a 5 page article on Joan, "The Woman Joan Collins Wants To Exorcise" Joan appeared on other issues of this magazine which we have in the library and will feature at a later date.

Film: Sunburn (1979)

Joan with Charles Grodin in the 1979 film "Sunburn", which also starred the late Farrah Fawcett (billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors).

The film which was shot in Mexico also included Art Carney, Keenan Wynn and Eleanor Parker who fans may remember starred in the 1967 film "Warning Shot",which Joan had a small part in and will be featured in a future post.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010


Joan lead an all-star cast, in the six hour mini-series SINS about one woman's struggle to the top of a fashion publishing empire and her ongoing battle to stay there. Filmed in Paris, the Riviera and Venice, SINS was broadcast during the 1985-86 season on the CBS Television Network.
Based on the International Bestseller by Judith Gould - the book cover is shown on the right.

It aired in the UK in 1987 over three nights starting on Sunday 6th September. This magazine cover is one of many I have for the mini-series, plus more photos to be featured in the coming months.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Film: Quest For Love (1971)

In 1971 Joan starred alongside Tom Bell & Denholm Elliott in Quest For Love, based on a short story "Random Quest" by John Wyndham.

Left: Joan as Ottilie and screen husband Colin (Tom Bell)in a scene from the film.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Film: The Virgin Queen (1955)

Joan plays Beth Throgmorton, a lady-in-waiting to Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth I, in this classic film which also starred Richard Todd & Herbert Marshall.

Dynasty Book

Published in 1984, this book was a must have for any fan of the series. My first copy had to be ordered from a local bookshop as it was not a stock item.

The book contains over 240 photographs and a biography on each of the Carrington's.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Cinzano Adverts

Cinzano adverts featuring Joan alongside the late great actor Leonard Rossiter were on our screens from 1978-1983. This is currently the only poster I have in the collection but stills and cuttings will feature at a later date.

JConthecover: Star Enquirer (1984)

This Australian magazine from 1984 features Joan with David Hasselhoff on the cover and a 2 page article on their new film, The Cartier Affair which had just been released straight to video.
I will be featuring magazines on a daily basis and more from this film in future posts.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Dynasty: Pictures

Early full cast photo from Season 2, and a publicity photo of Joan as Alexis Carrington.

Film: The Stud

Original video sleeve for 1978 release The Stud, which starred Joan as Fontaine Khaled and Oliver Tobias as Tony Blake.
Based on sister Jackie Collins book, the film was produced by Joan's then husband, the late Ron Kass.
I will be featuring other items from this film in future posts.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Joan Collins Beauty Book.

First published in 1980 this was the book all women wanted to read, if only for the secrets of how to look like Joan!
An LP record was released at the time of the book (yes this was the 80's when everything was on vinyl). Fans will know that Joan updated her beauty book in 1994 under the UK title "My Secrets" and again in 2002 she released "Joan's Way - Looking Good, Feeling Great". These will both be featured in future posts.

Below: 3 photos (6"x4") which featured in the book illustrating different looks.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Sunday, 2 May 2010

TV: Fallen Angels

In 1974 Joan starred alongside Sacha Distel and Susannah York in the 1974 production of Noel Coward's play Fallen Angels.
Joan played Jane Banbury and Susannah was Julia Sterroll, who have been best friends and married for 5 years. They are waiting for the arrival of Maurice, played by Sacha, who they both had affairs with. Their husbands away for the weekend they dine and drink champagne while reminiscing about the past, unaware of the hysterical chaos to come.

Other cast members included Lally Bowers and Michael Aldridge, both who would appear with Joan in Tales of The Unexpected

TV Times - December 12, 1974.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Dynasty: Pictures

Joan as Alexis in one of the first Dynasty Press Session Photo's which was never published.

Following Joan's first appearance as Alexis, it wasn't long before she started appearing on magazine covers worldwide.

This Dutch issue called Veronica from May 1982 had the cast photo on the cover and a two page article inside.

With my collection of magazines continuously growing it was in September 2002, realising there was very little on the web, I created a site called JConthecover, which displayed magazines Joan had appeared on from 1951 - 2006. It proved very popular as it also featured articles and also UK newspapers when Joan had appeared on the front page. It ran until 2008 - which was my 25th Anniversary as a collector.

The idea of having a website featuring my collection had been on the "drawing board" for sometime, I realised that I had to include content from JConthecover site, and a few months later my new site, was launched.

The magazine on the left is a copy of TV Guide from America dated 23 October 1982 and features Joan with Linda Evans on the cover. Inside was a 4 page article.

I will be featuring other magazines from my collection in future posts.