Last Updated: March 28, 2024
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Net Worth:
$20 Million
May 23, 1933 (90 years old)
5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Actor, Author, Columnist, Film Producer
United Kingdom
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What Is Joan Collins' Net Worth?

Dame Joan Collins DBE is an English actress and author who has a net worth of $20 million. Known for her glamorous image and her ability to embody strong, dynamic characters, Joan Collins first gained recognition in the 1950s and 1960s, starring in numerous popular films such as "Land of the Pharaohs" and "The Stud."

However, Collins' most iconic role came in the 1980s when she starred as the scheming Alexis Carrington Colby in the primetime soap opera "Dynasty." Her portrayal of the stylish and cunning character won her a Golden Globe Award and catapulted her to international stardom. "Dynasty" ran for nine seasons, and Collins' performances were a significant part of the show's success. Joan appeared in 195 of the show's 220 episodes.

In addition to her acting career, Collins has found success as an author, with her novels and memoirs often becoming bestsellers. She was also made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 for her services to charity. Even in her later years, Joan continues to captivate audiences with her talent, proving herself to be an enduring figure in the entertainment industry.

Early Life

Joan Collins was born Joan Henrietta Collins on May 23, 1933, in London England. Her father was a talent agent whose clients included the likes of Shirley Bassey, the Beatles, and Tom Jones. He was Jewish and a native of South Africa. Joan's mother was from England and had Anglican heritage. She grew up with two younger siblings, and her sister, Jackie Collins, was a best-selling novelist who sold 500 million books during her lifetime. Joan attended the independent all-girls Francis Holland School in London. When she was nine years old, she was cast in Henrik Ibsen's play "A Doll's House." At the age of 16, she was already training as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. A year later, she signed with the British film studio Rank Organization.

Early Career

Collins made her film debut in 1951 with the comedy "Lady Godiva Rides Again." She followed that appearance with a minor role in "The Woman's Angle" and a more prominent role in the 1952 drama "Judgement Deferred." Her breakthrough role was in her third film of 1952 "I Believe in You." Her performance in the drama lead to the British press labelling her as "Britain's bad girl." In 1953, Joan had a supporting role in England's first X-rated film, "Decameron Nights," as well as in the sports drama "The Square Ring." Between shooting movies, she starred in plays around London including "The Seventh Veil," "Claudia and David," and "The Skin of Our Teeth." In 1954, she was cast as a princess in the drama "The Land of the Pharaohs," and her performance was so striking that it landed her a seven-year contract with 21st Century Fox.

Collins' Hollywood debut came in 1955 with the historical drama "The Virgin Queens," which also featured Bette Davis. Later that year, Joan starred in the drama "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing." She had a leading role in the 1956 Golden Globe-nominated comedy musical "The Opposite Sex," which also starred Leslie Nielsen. She starred as Paul Newman's love interest in the 1958 romance "Rally Round the Flag, Boys." In 1960, she was initially the top pick for the part of the title character in the classic film "Cleopatra," but the studio went with Elizabeth Taylor instead. This led Collins to drop out of production for the film "Sons and Lovers" and to request to be released from her contract with 21st Century Fox. She agreed to star in the epic drama "Esther and the King" prior to departing the studio in 1960.

While free from contractual obligations, Collins filmed the 1962 comedy musical "The Road to Hong Kong" with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. She subsequently took a lighter workload to focus on starting a family after her marriage in 1963. In the late sixties, she had minor roles in several films and guest appearances on television shows such as "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible." In 1970, Joan went back to England and starred in a series of horror and thriller films. After shooting films in Italy and Spain, she returned to the UK and shot back to stardom with the film version of her sister Jackie Collins' book "The Stud." The film, released in 1978, was produced on a budget of $600,000 and grossed over $20 million internationally. With her career revived, she returned to the stage at London's West End with the title role in the 1980 production "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney."

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"Dynasty" and Other Work

In 1981, Collins moved back to the US to play the character of Alexis Carrington Colby, an oil tycoon's ex-wife, on the second season of the soap opera "Dynasty." She's largely credited as being the reason for the show becoming a success, and her addition to the cast dramatically improved its ratings. "Dynasty" was popular internationally, and for her work in the series, Collins received five Golden Globe nominations with a win in 1932. She was nominated for an Emmy in 1984, and she received two People's Choice Award nominations as well as a win in 1985 for Favorite Actress. All her critical accolades were awarded after she had been acting for over twenty years. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983 recognizing her achievements throughout her career. During the filming of "Dynasty," she starred in the film "The Nutcracker" and several made-for-television movies. She produced and starred in the popular 1986 CBS miniseries "Sins" and the miniseries "Monte Carlo," released the following year.

Although the show would have a reunion special in 1991, "Dynasty" concluded in 1989, and Collins retuned to theater with a role in the Broadway play "Private Lives," in which she performed throughout the US and at London's West End. She made guest appearances on television shows over the course of the nineties and acted in several feature films including the 1995 comedy "A Midwinter's Tale," the 1999 musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and the 1999 period comedy "The Clandestine Marriage." In the 2000s, she had brief recurring roles on the television shows "Guiding Light" and "Verbotene Liebe." She made a reappearance on mainstream television in the 2010s with prominent roles on the popular shows "American Horror Story" and "The Royals."

Personal Life

Collins has been married five times. Her first marriage was to Irish actor Maxwell Reed. She married English actor Anthony Newley in 1963 and had two children with him. She had a daughter with her third husband, businessman Ron Kass. After they separated, Joan married Swedish pop star Peter Holm, and she followed her divorce from him with a fifth marriage to Percy Gibson in 2002. She has homes in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and France.

Real Estate

In 2007, Joan and Percey paid $2.7 million for a large condo in West Hollywood, California. They listed this condo for sale in 2017 for $4.5 million. She sold the unit soon after it was listed for $4.4 million.

Also in 2017, Collins paid $2.1 million for a condo in a different part of LA. She listed this condo for sale in January 2021 for $2.1 million.

Percey and Joan's villa in St. Tropez, France, is absolutely stunning and could be worth $10+ million. In August 2020, Joan caused a bit of an online commotion after complaining about the lack of social distancing by people in the port of St. Tropez. Just three months earlier she complained publicly about the UK government forcing people to wear masks. Some people found her yacht post arrogant.

Joan Collins Career Earnings

  • Sins
    $1 Million
  • Dynasty
    $120 Thousand/episode
  • Island in the Sun
    $1.3 Thousand/week
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