60/70 Joan Henrietta Collins • 1961
Joan Henrietta Collins (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award-winning English actress and bestselling author. In 1951, she made her feature debut as a beauty contest entrant in Lady Godiva Rides Again and in 1952 she starred in the film I Believe in You based on the book Court Circular by Sewell Stokes. Joane was next signed by 20th Century Fox in 1954 as their answer to MGM's Elizabeth Taylor. According to a September 11, 1954 article in Picture Post, Collins was frustrated by her time at Rank. Joan Collins told the popular Hulton Press Weekly, "They’re always carrying on about there being no women of star material in England. They don’t bother to build us up. They concentrate on building the men." Collins was popular as a magazine pin-up in the UK throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, with cover appearances on titles such as Span and 66. Her notable guest appearances on American television during the 1960s included Batman, Mission: Impossible, Police Woman, and the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever." In the 1970s, Joan Collins made several movies and then starred in the film versions of her sister Jackie Collins' racy novels The Stud and The Bitch. The films were smash hits in England, becoming the most profitable films since the James Bond series. Joan Collins has worked with some of the biggest names and movie legends in Hollywood.