Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, (born 1933) is an English actress, author and columnist. Born in Paddington, west London, and brought up in Maida Vale, Collins grew up during the Second World War. She trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, and then signed an exclusive contract with the Rank Organisation and appeared in various British films.
Collins headed to Hollywood and landed sultry roles in several popular films at the age of 22. She guest-starred in an episode of Star Trek in 1967 named “The City on the Edge of Forever”, as Edith Keeler, and starred in two softcore pornographic films based on best-selling novels by her younger sister Jackie Collins: The Stud (1978) and its sequel The Bitch (1979).
Won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1982; she is credited with the success of Dynasty, which was the most-watched television series in the United States during the 1984-85 broadcast season. Collins also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983 for career achievement.
Since the late 1970s, Collins has written several books (including beauty and autobiographical books). In 1988, she published her first novel, Prime Time, and she has continued to publish various kinds of writing
In 2015, Collins was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to charity.