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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Thursday, 15 July 2010

JConthecover: TV Guide (USA - 1984)

This US TV Guide dated 10-16 November 1984, features Joan on the cover with Michael Nader who played Dex Dexter in the TV series.
Inside is a 4 page article about him.


This rare photo from March 1985 was when Joan met Princess Diana at a charity evening in London hosted by designer, Bruce Oldfield (also pictured).
Both ladies wore gowns specially designed by him, Diana's was a silver-grey dress cut away with a large triangle at the back, while Joan wore a white satin beaded sequin dress with a split tulip hem.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

1001 Arabian Nights

In 1995 Joan recorded this audio book of 1001 Arabian Nights with William Vanderpuye.

1001 Arabian Nights are exotic tales of romance and adventure in ancient Araby, told by the lovely Queen Shahrazad, one tale a night, to delay her execution at the hands of the king, her husband.
In her stories - of gigantic birds and sea monsters, of maidens guarded by evil djinns and Caliphs disguised as fisherman, Shahrazad suffers no maidenly modesty in describing with the indulgent eye of the East the acts of love in all their splendour and degradation.

Released by Spartan Audiobooks, this is a double cassette running time approximately 2 hrs 30 mins.

Dynasty - Episode 19 Still

Alexis (Joan Collins, right) has another confrontation with Krystle (Linda Evans) whose position in the Carrington household she is trying to usurp, but she's dealt a crushing blow with the news that Krystle is pregnant.
This rare still is from Episode 19 of Season 2.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Tonight At 8:30 - The Astonished Heart

In this, the third in the series of eight playlets by Noel Coward, we have a sad love tale, set in November 1952.

Joan plays femme fatale, Leonora Vail, a younger woman who sets out to have an affair with Psychiatrist Christian Faber (John Alderton) her old school friends husband.

The two meet in this rare colour still from the production.

The affair is ended in this scene when she tells him that "their love died a long time ago, killed by his jealousy"

Saturday, 10 July 2010

JConthecover: TV Onda Tivu (1986)

This Italian magazine (TV Broadcast) from 1986 features Joan on the cover dressed in wedding finery for the Moldavian Wedding of her daughter Amanda (Catherine Oxenberg) to Prince Michael (Michael Praed) which ended Season 5 of the soap opera.
Inside is a general 4 page article about her work with various pictures.

Tonight At 8:30 - Red Peppers

The second of the eight playlets by Noel Coward in this series was an 'Interlude With Music', set in 1936 called 'Red Peppers' and Joan teamed up with ex husband the late Anthony Newley to play Lily Pepper married to George and part of the vaudeville act, Red Peppers.

The majority of the play was set between the two acts they performed on a daily basis in their dressing room where they argue about everything from the timing, and with the stage manager wanting to know why Lily accuses the conductor of being drunk on duty, and the shows leading lady looking to rest between performances, dressing room brawls are "top of the bill" as they say in the world of theatre.

Other cast members include, Moyra Fraser, Reg Varney & Henry McGee.

Friday, 9 July 2010

JConthecover: Veronica (1985)

I mentioned in a previous post about a second favourite magazine cover photo of all those I own in my collection, well here it is on a Dutch magazine called Veronica from January 1985. It was also used on a Polish magazine and on a copy of Cine Tele Revue.

This magazine has a 2 1/2 page article with colour photos from Dynasty.

Tonight At 8:30 - Hands Across The Sea

Following on from yesterday's post - this was the first of the eight playlets by Noel Coward. After the opening credits Joan introduced the synopsis of the play. This was a 1940's light comedy with Joan playing Maureen Gilpin (piggie to her friends), and John Nettles as her husband, both shown here in this rare press still.

Apparently there are 3 rules in the battle for Social success:

1. Always keep a diary and carefully note everyone's name, especially when you're travelling.

2. Never, when you're abroad make that routine invitation, "When you're in London / Sydney / New York or wherever please look us up!", addresses scribbled on bits of paper can cause chaos.

3. Never have the telephone in the drawing room.

Receiving a telephone call, Piggie is advised that The Rawlinsons are in London and about to descend on them following her kind invitation. But if the Rawlinson's are not who they seem, who are the Wadhursts?

Other cast members included Sian Phillips, Bernard Cribbins, Miriam Margolyes, Edward Duke and Nickolas Grace.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

JConthecover: Radio Times (1991)

Today its back to 1991, and this issue of UK Radio Times dated 13-19 April. Joan featured on the cover dressed as one of the characters from her new series of Noel Coward Playlets called "Tonight at 8:30" which started that week. Inside was a great 3 page article, "Is This Our Joanie?"

Over 8 weeks Joan would play a different woman in a series of one act plays with her Repertory Company, including a femme fatale, a society hostess, a neurotic wife, good time girl, and spinster.
I will be featuring photos and details of each of these playlets in future posts.

When the series was shown in America, it was called "Collins Meets Coward.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

50th Post

As this is my 50th post on the blog, it seemed appropriate to go with the Golden Theme, so today's magazine is an American one (from Florida) called Golden Years. This issue is from February 1986 and features Joan with Gene Kelly in a scene from the mini-series Sins. Inside the magazine is a 4 page article.

And staying with the theme and also with Sins, this photo shows Joan in the costume she wore for the Golden Ball scene in the mini-series.

Hope you are enjoying the blog, thanks for the e-mails and keep reading.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Film: Hansel & Gretel

In 1983 Joan was asked to appear in the Faerie Tale Theatre version of Hansel & Gretel, playing not one but TWO parts.

The first still shows her as Hansel & Gretel's Stepmother seen here with woodcutter husband Paul Dooley.

As the story goes they take the children one day deep into the forest in an attempt to lose them and as darkness falls they stumble across a gingerbread house adorned with candy occupied by Joan; heavily disguised as the Wicked Witch seen in this second still with Bridgette Anderson.

I'm sure everyone knows the rest of the story and like most fairy tales it does have a happy ending ...

The film was released straight to video by MGM/UA Home Video in the UK.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

JConthecover: Lears (1991)

Today I am featuring an American magazine from the archives, the September 1991 issue of Lears.
Inside is a 5 1/2 page article, "The Ultimate Broad". The magazine has been signed by Joan in black sharpie just under the title.

TV: Blondes vs Brunettes

This special was made in the Dynasty hiatus of 1984, and saw Joan team up alongside Morgan Fairchild (Flamingo Road), and set out to prove the old saying that "Blondes have more fun than Brunettes".

This rare still is from the opening. Later in the show there was a funny take of Dynasty with Joan playing the part of Krystle and Morgan cast as Alexis who meet in the hair salon with disasterous results.....

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Books: Second Act

It was 11 years later that Joan re-wrote her autobiography, the title "Past Imperfect" was gone and it appeared on shelves in booksellers under the title "Second Act"

In 1997 it was published in the USA with this cover, personally I like this one more than the UK version.

Books: Past Imperfect

This rare poster from 1979 was used to advertise Joan's autobiography, first published in the UK by W.H Allen & Co Ltd in 1978.

I purchased my first copy in 1983.

The book was released in the USA in 1984.

It was published in Germany in 1984 but with a different cover, fans will recognise this as the photo used on the 1983 issue of Playboy.

And in 1985 it was updated with "sizzling new material" and published in the UK in paperback format with this cover.

And in the USA with this one.

Friday, 2 July 2010

JConcover:Australian Woman's Weekly (1978)

This rare 1978 Australian magazine features Joan on the cover and inside a 3 page article, "Joan Collins, actress, rebel, author-coming to Australia". This was a tour to promote her first autobiography, "Past Imperfect". Also in the magazine was a separate article where a journalist from the magazine meets Joan.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Film: The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing

3 stills from the film which was released on video by CBS Fox in 1989 as part of the All Time Greats series, which will be featured at a later date.

This is the paperback book by Charles Samuels, which the film was based on.

JConthecover: Picture Show (1956)

Today's magazine from the collection is a 1956 issue of Picture Show, featuring Joan as Evelyn Nesbit with Farley Granger from the film "The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing", which also starred Ray Milland. Inside the magazine is a 1 page story of the film in pictures.