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Actress Joan Collins played Alexis Carrington Colby, the vicious, vengeful ex-wife of patriarch Blake Carrington, on Aaron Spelling’s prime-time drama Dynasty.
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Joan Collins's off-camera life was often as dramatic as the roles she played. She married her first husband, Irish actor Maxwell Reed, in 1952 and divorced him in 1956 after, Collins claimed, he attempted to sell her to an Arab sheik for a one-night stand. She married second husband Anthony Newley in 1963, and had a daughter and a son with him before their divorce in 1970.
She had daughter Katy with her third husband, Apple Records president Ron Kass, during their 11-year marriage, which began in 1972. Her fourth marriage, to Swedish pop singer Peter Holm, ended after just 13 months in a messy 1987 divorce. In February 2002, Collins married her fifth husband, theater company manager Percy Gibson, who is 32 years her junior. They renewed their vows in 2009.
After Dynasty, Collins continued to act and write, penning self-help beauty books along with romance novels full of mystery and murder. In 1996 she became embroiled in an embarrassing legal battle with her fiction publisher Random House, which accused Collins of breaking a two-book contract worth $4 million. A jury found in Collins' favor after a much-gossiped about public trial, in which her writing talents were disparaged in court.
In 1997, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Collins the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the arts and charity. After more than a half-century in show business, Collins continues to act, write and perform charity work. Her official website and blog are bedecked with photographs of a Collins in satin and jewels, proof that the actress has not lost her flair for the dramatic.
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