Sunday 23 October 2016

I get alerts about Irish Water protests, says Dynasty icon Joan Collins

Legendary actress Joan Collins and her husband, Percy Gibson
Legendary actress Joan Collins and her husband, Percy Gibson

Joan Collins plans to shoot a Thelma and Louise-style movie in Ireland.

The glamorous actress said The Time of Their Lives is a "buddy movie about older women".

"It's a Thelma and Louise for the next generation," she said.

The film will star Pauline Collins and Italian actor Franco Nero.

"I'm very excited about it," she said. "It starts out in Ireland, then moves to the UK and France."

Collins was in Ireland yesterday with her fifth husband, Percy Gibson, to unveil her costume collection at Newbridge's Museum of Style. She has donated several items including costume jewellery and a custom-made white fox and mink cape designed by furrier Edward Lowell.

At the launch, she told about being connected with TD Joan Collins.

"Joan Collins is a common name, so it happens quite a lot," said the 82-year-old soap star.

"But I still get Google alerts about the Irish politician Joan Collins, and something to do with (Irish) water."

The former Dynasty star said she was mortified last year when she was mistaken for her namesake at a water charges protest in Dublin's Harold's Cross.

"No, I am not the Joan Collins who was arrested yesterday at a Dublin protest meeting!" Collins said at the time. "The very idea."

The two women live vastly different lives.

One shot to fame playing diva Alexis Carrington in the 1980s hit TV show Dynasty and has described her political leanings as "conservative circa 1940s".

The other is a former An Post clerk and a left-wing political activist.

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