Joan Collins has parlayed her cool persona and glamorous looks into a six-decade-long career as a film star, television icon, best-selling author, stage diva and tabloid target.
In a quick Q&A, Collins talked about her what she is doing now:
Q: I hear your stage show is you talking about your incredible life and all the famous people you’ve worked with and known. And you show video clips and then take questions from the audience. Is that right?
A: Many, many film clips. And I show many photographs and many newsreel clips of various things that have happened to me like divorce and court cases and in between I tell stories. I don't think we're doing questions from the audience in Florida because instead I'm doing a meet-and-greet and signing books.
Q: Speaking of books, you've written so many best-selling books I was wondering which you find more rewarding, acting or writing?
A: Oh acting, yeah. That’s my day job. But there are not that many good roles for women over 45. So rather than just do things I'm not interested in, I'd rather write and do my one-woman show. And I write articles for "The Spectator."
Q: Did you keep any of those great Nolan Miller outfits from "Dynasty?"
A: No, I didn’t keep any of the outfits.
Q: What are your thoughts on prime time TV today? Does anything now compare to the deliciousness and glamour of "Dynasty?"
A: I don’t think there's any glamour today. Unless you can tell me something I should be watching? I do love "Homeland" and I love "Episodes" with Matt LeBlanc. I thought that was wonderful. I'll tell you what I'm watching now: "Bates Motel." But I would say no one has any interest in glamour anymore.
Q: What do you think about twerking?
A: I have no thoughts about that whatsoever. It's something teenagers do.
Q: What is it about your upbringing that led you and your sister [novelist Jackie Collins] to have such successful careers?
A: I think it was because it was strongly instilled in us that if you want anything to happen you better do it for yourself because no one is going to do anything for you in this life and I think that is certainly true. We were not given money. My schooling and education were paid for, my father paid for me to go to acting school. And we just go on with it.
Q: You’ve just finished some movies. Tell me about "The Time of Their Lives?"
A: I don’t like talking about a movie that hasn't happened yet. It is in pre-production. It's going to be made in Europe hopefully with Pauline Collins, who is a friend of mine. We've worked together before in two plays for the BBC. It's a road picture, a buddy movie. It will be made in Europe in August and it's very poignant and very funny.
Q: And what about "Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist?"
A: I finished that a year ago. "Molly Moon" is a wonderful role. I play the head of a gang. I am a criminal woman who is running a network of scallywags.
Q: You're so busy. What next?
A: Well I'm hoping to spend the summer in the South of France as much as possible writing another book. And I have a line of beauty products out - beauty and skin care products from eye brow pencils to skin care. I have about 30 different products on QVC in Britain and the U.K. I bringing it to America next year on QVC.
Q: What is the best part of doing your one-woman show?
A: When I get my glass of wine at the end. No, I enjoy it all. I love to see the audience reaction to the clips, particularly the outtakes. The show is an amoeba. It's always changing. I started in 2008 with a tour in England and since then its changed clips, changed stories, changed costumes. It's always changing.”
"One Night with Joan" 8 p.m. at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek. Tickets are $45, $65 and $85 (the $85 tickets are for premium seats and include Collins’ book “Passion For Life” signed by Collins after the show, limited seating and books available). Contact: 800-653-8000 or Ticketmaster.com.