Joan Collins: how a starlet became a Dame

One of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood turns 90 this May 23

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23/05/23 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Retrospective

Joan Collins made her film debut in 1951, as an extra playing a beauty queen contestant. And it's for her sultry looks and seductive character that Collins went on to appear in a succession of films throughout the 1950s that made her one of the most successful English actresses working in pictures during the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood cinema. Thirty years later, Collins would once again conquer Tinseltown, this time for her Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Alexis Carrington in the worldwide hit TV soap drama 'Dynasty.' Away from the glare of show business, Collins has supported numerous charitable causes that along with her contribution to drama have rewarded her with two of the UK's highest civic orders. So, how did Joan Collins rise from being a starlet to one of Hollywood's most recognized actresses?

Click through for an appreciation of her life and work.

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