Joan Collins, 90, radiates Old Hollywood glamour as she poses with Pierce Brosnan at Prince’s Trust lunch in Beverly Hills [Source: @DailyMailUK]


Dame Joan Collins radiated showbiz glamour when she surfaced in Beverly Hills this week for a glamorous event with her fifth husband Percy Gibson. 

The legendary actress betrayed no hint of her 90 years as she posed up a storm at the Maybourne hotel on Percy’s arm.

Percy, the longest-lasting of Joan’s husbands, is more than 30 years younger than she is, a gap she dismisses in interviews by joking: ‘If he dies, he dies.’ 

They were attended the Prince’s Trust x Dame Joan Collins DBE Lunch, honoring Joan’s association with the charity founded by the now King Charles III in the 1970s.

While there, she stood for pictures with James Bond-turned-silver fox Pierce Brosnan, 70, who flashed his unmistakable smile for the cameras.  

Dame Joan Collins radiated showbiz glamour when she surfaced in Beverly Hills this week for a glamorous event with her fifth husband Percy Gibson

Dame Joan Collins radiated showbiz glamour when she surfaced in Beverly Hills this week for a glamorous event with her fifth husband Percy Gibson

While there, she stood for pictures with James Bond-turned-silver fox Pierce Brosnan, 70, who flashed his unmistakable smile for the cameras

While there, she stood for pictures with James Bond-turned-silver fox Pierce Brosnan, 70, who flashed his unmistakable smile for the cameras 

The legendary actress betrayed no hint of her 90 years as she posed up a storm at the Maybourne hotel on Percy's arm for a Prince's Trust x Joan Collins DBE lunch

The legendary actress betrayed no hint of her 90 years as she posed up a storm at the Maybourne hotel on Percy’s arm for a Prince’s Trust x Joan Collins DBE lunch

For their latest outing, she teamed a sleek hot pink jacket with an elegant frock that featured a black and pink floral pattern straight out of the Dynasty era.

Sharpening her features with makeup including a slick of rose lipstick, she festooned herself with jewelry including an elaborate necklace.

Pierce was seated at Joan’s side during lunch, where the guest of honor rose to her feet at one point to cheerfully address the attendees.

The celebrity-strewn guest list included Renfield heartthrob Nicholas Hoult, who went ultra-casual in a t-shirt that bared his toned arms.

Victoria Gore, Margot McKinney, Jeremy Green and Stephen Fry all gathered together with Pierce, Joan and Nicholas for a group shot to remember.

Paris Hilton’s mother Kathy Hilton was also on hand for the festivities, which she attended alongside her steamy son Barron Hilton II.

Joan received her damehood in 2015 and was presented with the honor by Charles, then Prince of Wales, who remarked: ‘And about time, too.’ 

At the moment, Joan is still twirling about in the publicity whirlwind for her 19th and latest book Behind The Shoulder Pads: Tales I Tell My Friends.

Pierce was seated at Joan's side during lunch, where the guest of honor rose to her feet at one point to cheerfully address the attendees

Pierce was seated at Joan’s side during lunch, where the guest of honor rose to her feet at one point to cheerfully address the attendees

Paris Hilton's mother Kathy Hilton was also on hand for the festivities, which she attended alongside her steamy son Barron Hilton II

Paris Hilton’s mother Kathy Hilton was also on hand for the festivities, which she attended alongside her steamy son Barron Hilton II

The event that Pierce, Joan and others attended was thrown in honor of Joan's association with the Prince's Trust, the charity founded by the now King Charles III in the 1970s

The event that Pierce, Joan and others attended was thrown in honor of Joan’s association with the Prince’s Trust, the charity founded by the now King Charles III in the 1970s

Appearing on KCAL News in Los Angeles last week, she clarified that her new release is ‘not really a memoir, so I don’t do all that stuff about, you know: “Oh, my parents,” and all of that, which a lot of people think: “Oh, I don’t wanna read about her childhood,” and stuff. You can go and read my other books.’

Meanwhile, Behind The Shoulder Pads is filled with ‘funny stories and anecdotes,’ stretching back to her early career in the waning years of Old Hollywood. 

The book is sprinkled with names of her glittering acquaintances, such as Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.

One childhood story she did include in her new book was her hilarious reaction upon the birth of her little sister, the late Jackie Collins.

Joan recalled on television that ‘when I was four years old I was woken up and taken off to stay with an aunt for no reason whatsoever – I didn’t know – and then when I came back three days later, my mother was lying there holding this creature.

Looking the baby, little girl demanded: ‘What’s that?’ and her mother Elsa replied: ‘This is your new baby sister Jacqueline Jill,’ to which Joan snapped: ‘What a stupid name! Can I go and play with my cat?’

Joan then asked: ‘Where did she come from?’ – and her parents duly ‘prevaricated. They didn’t tell me where she came from.’ 

Jackie, who enjoyed a thunderous career as a writer of ‘bonkbuster’ romance novels, died in 2015 at the age of 77 after a secret six-year battle with breast cancer. 

The celebrity-strewn guest list included Renfield heartthrob Nicholas Hoult, who went ultra-casual in a t-shirt that bared his toned arms

The celebrity-strewn guest list included Renfield heartthrob Nicholas Hoult, who went ultra-casual in a t-shirt that bared his toned arms

Victoria Gore, Margot McKinney, Jeremy Green and Stephen Fry all gathered together with Pierce, Joan and Nicholas for a group shot to remember

Victoria Gore, Margot McKinney, Jeremy Green and Stephen Fry all gathered together with Pierce, Joan and Nicholas for a group shot to remember

By contrast to the sparkling froth of Joan’s latest book, her previous releases include Past Imperfect, a searing 1978 memoir pulling back the curtain on the dark side of her showbiz career and her marriages. 

The book had no shortage of sinister moments, such as when 20th Century Fox chief Darryl Zanuck attempted to force himself on her in a hotel hallway. 

‘I wondered how to get out of this without having to knee him in the groin,’ she wrote. ‘Luckily Dorothy Dandridge and a makeup man came walking down the corridor and I made my escape, vowing to keep out of Mr Z.’s way in the future.’ 

Joan was married at 18 to her first husband Maxwell Reed, an actor who  drugged and raped her on the first date, then left her to make her way home alone.

‘In the fifties, a girl could walk around London streets in the dark and not be concerned about muggers or rapists,’ she wrote in Past Imperfect. ‘Since I had been raped once that evening anyway, the odds were against it.’

Their brief, turbulent marriage ultimately ended after after he tried to sell her for a night to an Arab sheikh for £10,000, prompting her to leave him.

Her subsequent husbands included Anthony Newley, with whom she welcomed her daughter Tara and her son Sacha.

She also wed former Beatles manager Ron Kass, who fathered her daughter Katie, and ex-pop act Peter Holm, whom she dismissively refers to now as ‘the Swede.’

At the moment, Joan is still twirling about in the publicity whirlwind for her 19th and latest book Behind The Shoulder Pads: Tales I Tell My Friends

At the moment, Joan is still twirling about in the publicity whirlwind for her 19th and latest book Behind The Shoulder Pads: Tales I Tell My Friends

Joan remarked in recent years that of all her marriages ‘The only one I didn’t understand was the Swede. That was such a total mistake.’

Her marriage to Peter Holm also resulted in a temporary rift with Jackie, who despised him, but who mended fences with Joan upon their breakup.

When Joan threw a party celebrating the divorce, Jackie gave out t-shirts reading ‘Holm is not where the heart is,’ and ‘Holm-less.’ 

Now however Joan has found the right man – she joked to Jonathan Ross in 2020 that her marriage to Percy had run as long as the previous four marriages combined.



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