Sunday, June 16, 2024

Exclusive: Joan Collins on Dynasty Co-Star Diahann Carroll: “When we did our spectacular fight scenes, we could never stop laughing”


When Joan Collins starred as Alexis on “Dynasty” in the 1980s, she and Diahann Carroll– who played Dominique– really went at it. (Well, Alexis went at it with everyone, really!)  So I asked the amazing Joan to say something about her friend who died this week at age 84.

Joan wrote back” “I was devastated to hear of the death of my good friend Diahann. She loved referring to herself as ‘the first black b**** on TV” and when we did our spectacular fight scenes, we could never stop laughing. She was beautiful, had a great sense of humour, was extremely chic and loved the dressing up box as much as I did.”

By the way, here’s a sad coincidence. Diahann’s Tony Award came in 1962, for Best Actress in a Musical. Phyllis Newman, who passed away last week, won the Tony the very same year for Featured Actress in a Musical. They must be singing up a storm in heaven!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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