Joan Collins: Tensions with Dynasty co-star meant we did not speak for a season

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  • Joan Collins
    Joan Collins
    English actress, author and columnist
  • John Forsythe
    John Forsythe
    American film and television actor (1918-2010)

Dame Joan Collins has revealed that tensions between her and her Dynasty co-star John Forsythe became so great they did not speak for an entire season, and she asked for a body double for a scene in which he had to strangle her.

The Hollywood actress starred as Alexis Colby in the US soap opera, which brought her critical acclaim and earned her a Golden Globe Award for best actress in 1982, and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1984.

Colby was the scheming ex-wife of oil magnate Blake Carrington, played by the late Forsythe, while actress Linda Evans portrayed his new wife Krystle.

Speaking on a festive episode of The Graham Norton Show, the 88-year-old actress said: “I was in my 40s when I got the role, Linda was in her 30s, and John was 62, but the press would go on about us as older women and never mentioned John’s age.

“There was so much ageism in Hollywood, so I’d bring it up in interviews and Mr Forsythe didn’t like it.

“Then when I accepted the People’s Choice award before he could, he refused to speak and walked off stage.

“He didn’t speak to me for a whole season after that, and when I had to do a scene where he was supposed to try and strangle me, I insisted on having a stand-in.”

The soap opera aired on ABC from 1981 to 1989, and in that time it picked up many accolades, including the infamous People’s Choice award in 1986 for favourite drama which Dame Joan referred to.

Joan Collins
A new BBC documentary will explore the life of Dame Joan Collins (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The actress will also speak about her career and provide a behind-the-scenes look into her private home movies in a new BBC documentary, This Is Joan Collins.

Dame Joan said: “I was asked to do it several times before, but I would only do it if I could be in control and I didn’t want talking heads.

“There are interesting things in it because I met so many fascinating people.

“Some people think I am grand, but I am not, and you see me as I am, it’s very down to earth. I’ve seen it and it’s very entertaining.”

The Graham Norton Show is on BBC One on Friday December 17 at 10.35pm, and on BBC iPlayer.

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