Saturday, 31 March 2012

Daily Picture - Joan, Diahann Carroll & Dynasty

Today, I am featuring photos of Joan with Dynasty co-star Diahann Carroll, these photos appeared on American magazines to introduce the character of Dominique Deveraux to the series

Friday, 30 March 2012

Daily Picture - Joan with Nolan Miller

Joan discussing costume designs with Nolan Miller.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Daily Picture - Nutcracker Still

This photograph of Joan is a scene from the 1983 film Nutcracker and one of five more stills I have come across for this film.

I have a large box file of photos acquired over the last 3-4 years to scan and add to the website.

It's been a busy week hence my absence on the blog but I'm hoping to carry out another update this weekend

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Daily Picture - Joan to play Marilyn?

This rare picture from 1973 of Joan as Marilyn Monroe. Reports at the time were that Joan was to play Marilyn in a new play written by David Butler called "Legend" (not to be confused with the 2007 American tour).

To my knowledge the play never went into production.

In her one woman show, Joan spoke about how she met Marilyn in the 1950's at a party given by Gene Kelly.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Daily Picture: Dynasty Season 4

Today I am featuring some photos from Season 4 of Dynasty, episode 25 "The Engagement" which aired 18/04/1984.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Daily Picture: Joan at 1987 Premiere

I am currently going through photos of Joan for the parties and premiere gallery on the website, and came across this one from 23/03/1987 when Joan attended the premiere of the film '84 Charing Cross Road' and met Princess Diana.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Daily Picture - Joan Collins Learns To Strip

This rare photo today was taken by Jack Albin on the set of Seven Thieves
Joan talked about the fiming of these scenes in her One Woman show last Sunday

The reverse of this photo states, "When the producers needed a girl to teach Joan Collins how to play a stripper in their new picture 'Seven Thieves' they went to the top of the strip -- Candy Barr.

The Texas blonde with the sugary handle and the British brunette have turned Stage #1 at 20th Century-Fox into the most visited acreage in Westwood and have caused the producers to hang the "CLOSED SET" sign out in front of the door.

Despite the no admission tag co-stars Edward G Robinson, Rod Steiger and Eli Wallach have discovered numerous excuses to amble down to the stage "just to see how Joan's getting along". After all she's the only girl in the picture and they have a "protective" interest in her learning, argued the male co-stars."
In case anyone is interested, the girls will have worked together 45 hours on the two dance and strip numbers that will probably run no more than six minutes on the screen Ah, but was a sizzling six minutes!

Candy later said "anytime Joan wants to leave the movies she has it made in burlesque"

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Cannon Mills Advert

Joan mentioned in her one woman show last Sunday some of the many things she has advertised over the years.

From perfume to alcohol, cameras and cars .... here is an advert from March 1984 for Cannon Mills, the American textile company and their range of towels.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Daily Picture - 1976 Photo Shoot

Today's picture is a lovely one of Joan taken at a L.A. photo-shoot in 1976.


Back and refreshed from walking round Leicester Square on a Sunday afternoon, everybody enjoyed the show. I'm certain it looked like a full house, I had excellent front row seats and Joan looked fantastic.

Two if not three standing ovations, whistling, cheering, and a bouquet of flowers presented to Joan at the end by an one ardent fan from Sweden.

I talked to a number of people outside the theatre afterwards and everybody said how wonderfully entertaining Joan had been.

The only downside for some were those hoping to catch a glimpse of Joan as she left the theatre before the next and last performance at 7.30pm

Oh and must say a big hello to Sue, the lady who sat next to me in the vacant seat from my friend who unfortunately was unable to attend. We chatted during the interval about the website and our love of Joan.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Signing at Harrods - Second Act

Hoping to see Joan after the matinee on Sunday, these two pictures are from my personal collection and were taken at the Harrods booksigning for Second Act in 1996.

Joan leaves Harrods after the signing and as she made her way through the book department to the exit, someone called out to her, and she smiled and waved to an ever appreciative crowd of fans, as I clicked the shutter.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Dressing Room Joan ..... President Style

One never know's who is going to drop by your dressing room when you're working in the theatre - and today's photograph is one of Joan with Ronald and Nancy Reagan after a performance of Private Lives.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Daily Picture - Golden Globes 1983

Today's picture was taken at the 1983 Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles and shows Joan arriving with Gordon Thomson. Joan was nominated and won the award for Best Actress in a dramatic series.

One Night With Joan

From tonight until Sunday 18th, Joan is back by popular demand at the Leicester Square Theatre in London with her one woman show "One Night With Joan".

I will be at the matinee on Sunday afternoon, and so no blog this weekend - but next Monday I will post a blog about the show.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Daily Picture - Cinzano

Today's picture is a rare shot of Joan with Leonard Rossiter from the famous Cinzano Adverts, which were classic.

I have been working on the website since the weekend, updating the film pages which has not left much time for the daily blog.

There is still lots more to add, so keep visiting.
Thanks to those who have e-mailed me, and a big thank you to everyone for supporting the site

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Daily Picture - Rally Round The Bathroom ....

Today's picture of Joan is a scene from the comedy, Rally Round The Flag Boys she made with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in 1958.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Daily Picture - Legends and Joan

This lovely picture of Joan is from the 2007 US tour of Legends, which I saw in Phoenix, Arizona.
As I enjoyed the play and have performed in theatre myself - I had to add the script to my collection.

Here's a description of Joan's character from the play.
SYLVIA GLENN - Attractive, flashy, former movie star, now around sixty. Still lots of pep and sas. Ambitious to reactivate her career, many times married, but now broke. Beneath the rather shiny veneer, there is a warm woman who shows herself when she feels secure. In films she usually played the strong, pushy type, like Crawford. She hardly ever played "a lady of breeding" She and Aretha have a special relationship which allows them to put each other "on" without any hurt feelings.

And Linda Evan's character ....

LEATRICE MONSEE - (Pronounced Mon-say) - Leatrice is around the same age, give or take a few years, as Sylvia. She is a far different kind of movie star, one who always played nuns, nurses and saints. Her public figure was always one of "goodness" but beneath the surface, she was just as strong as Sylvia. A Loretta Young or Joan Fontaine type with a reputation for sweetness but underneath lurked what came to be known as "an iron butterfly"

Monday, 5 March 2012

Daily Picture - Joan and Anthony Newley

I have been asked if I have any photos of Joan with Anthony Newley other than 'young married ones' that keep appearing on the internet.

This lovely one of them both was taken in April 1991 at the launch party for the BBC series of Noel Coward playlets, "Tonight at 8.30".
As fans know Joan was married to Anthony from 1963-1970, a marriage that gave her two children, Sacha Alexander Newley and Tara Newley, and as a family they co-starred in the film "Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness"

I was fortunate to meet Anthony in 1986 when he toured my home town, as previously featured on the blog.
Sadly, Anthony died on 14 April 1999 at the age of 67

Other photos of Joan and Anthony can be found in the galleries section of the website.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

On The Newstands TODAY

Joan graces the cover of the Sunday Telegraph supplement, SEVEN today, March 4th.

Inside is a 3 page article, "I'm not used to watching what I say".

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Dynasty Cartoon

Today I am featuring another of the cartoon's that appeared in English newspapers.

This one of Alexis and Krystle in the lilypond dates from 1986 following the tv show, "Christmas With The Carringtons" when Terry Wogan met the cast of Dynasty except Joan, who did not appear in the show.

There are more of these cartoons in the galleries section of the website

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Daily Picture - Black Bess Hold-up

This picture of Joan is from the 1976 film "The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones", with Joan playing the role of Highway Woman Black Bess.

The film also starred Nicky Henson, Trevor Howard, Terry-Thomas, Arthur Lowe, and Georgia Brown