Catching Up With Joan Collins


By Dustin Fitzharris

Do you ever have to go 'Alexis' on people?
Yes, I do. In fact, one of things that I talk about in the one-woman show is I have a clip of a very serious problem that I had some years ago where I was sued by Random House. I have the newsreel where I'm being completely bullied by this lawyer for the other team. He was being really horrible to me, and I was sitting there, almost cowering. That night I had a call from a lawyer, who is a friend, and he said, 'Don't let him intimidate you. If you've got something to say, say it, and if you don't understand what he's saying, say you don't understand it. Just be -- why don't you be Alexis?' So the next day I put on my most powerful suit with shoulder pads and I had the lipstick and the earrings, and I didn't let him get away with a thing! But, I'm not really like her at all.

There has been a lot of talk these days about the word cougar. Are you the original cougar?
Probably! [Laughs.] Yeah. Yeah. I don't particularly look for men who are younger than me. They look for me.

[Percy chimes in: 'Exactly!']

Oh! There he is! My husband!

You are currently writing a new book called The World According to Joan. Tell us about it.
Well, that's all my most outrageous statements and opinions all in one book. I'm writing it right now. There are about 12 chapters on men, morals, marriage, manners, and fashion.

Can you give us one of your most outrageous statements?
No, because I'm right in the middle of writing. You'll have to see my most outrageous opinions when you come and see the show.

You're clever!
I'm not pushing my own trumpet here, but I do think people are going to have fun. It's very original. It's totally different from any other one-woman show. People say, 'Oh, you don't sing.' I say, 'You'll see me singing with Bing Crosby. You'll see me singing with Debbie Reynolds and Shirley MacLaine.'

And you sang on Dynasty.
Yeah, I know I can sing.

Are you having a ball doing this show?
Oh, yes. We did it in England in about 30 or 40 different venues and then we've done it a couple of times in America, but this the first time I've done it in New York City. I know New York is pretty sophisticated and posh, so I'm just going to do the best that I can.

After everything you've done, what are you the most proud of?
Oh ' oh '. Woooh ' Probably surviving in this business that has a tendency to eat people up and spit them out and then shuck them in the breadlines. The fact that I've still survived and I'm still here and working on things that I truly enjoy is really a good accomplishment.

And you're keeping up with the times. You're tweeting!
Oh yes, what else am I going to do? Sit in my rocking chair with my knitting? Don't go back to the 1950s, please!

What are three things you can't live without?
My husband and my children. But that's more than three.

For more on Joan Collins, your link text here visit her website and follow her on Twitter. Collins plays Feinstein's at the Loews Regency in New York City from November 16-27 with the following schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. No show on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25. To get tickets, click here.

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