Joan Collins Silver Photographs

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Two silver images measuring 8 x 10 feature Joan Collins. one shows the actress with June Allyson and Leslie Nielson.

Joan Collins played conniving glamourpuss Alexis Carrington Colby on the TV soap opera Dynasty (1981-89). Collins began in low-budget British movies in 1951, then caught the attention of Hollywood when she appeared in the Howard Hawks epic Land of the Pharaohs (1955). Often cast as a sultry, brunette bad girl, she was in several films in the late '50s and early '60s, including The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) and Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958, starring Paul Newman). In the '60s and '70s she worked mostly in low-budget horror movies and in television (she was the guest star in 1967's 'City on the Edge of Forever,' one of the most celebrated episodes of the original Star Trek series). Collins has also written novels, books on beauty tips and an autobiography. Like a British version of Liz Taylor, Collins managed to stay in the public eye into the 21st century. In 2002, at age 68, she married her 36 year-old boyfriend Percy Gibson.

Her sister is popular novelist Jackie Collins. Joan appeared in two movies based on Jackie's books, The Stud (1978) and The Bitch (1979)... She was once married to Anthony Newley, the guy who wrote the songs 'The Candy Man' (made famous by Sammy Davis, Jr.) and 'Goldfinger' (made famous by James Bond).

June Allyson (born October 7, 1917) is an American actress, popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

She was born Ella Geisman in the Bronx, New York City to Clara and Robert Geisman (who was of Dutch descent). She was brought up in near-poverty. After a childhood accident, she took up both swimming and dancing as therapy, and made her Broadway chorus-line debut in 1938 in the musical Sing Out the News. After her appearance in Best Foot Forward in 1941, she was selected for the 1943 film version, and followed it up with several other musicals, including Two Sisters from Boston (1946) and Good News (1947). She also played straight roles such as Constance in The Three Musketeers (1948), the tomboy Jo in Little Women (1949), and Glenn Miller's wife in The Glenn Miller Story (1953).

On August 19, 1945, Allyson caused Hollywood studio chiefs some consternation by marrying Dick Powell, who was 13 years her senior and had been previously married to Mildred Maund and Joan Blondell. They had two children, Pamela Allyson Powell (adopted) and Richard Powell, Jr., and remained married until his death on January 2, 1963, which led to Allyson's effective retirement from the screen. Following Powell's death, she went though a bitter court battle with her mother over custody of son Ricky and Pamela. Reports at the time revealed that writer/director Dirk Summers, with whom Allyson was romantically involved from 1963-1975, was named legal guardian for Ricky and Pamela as a result of a court petition.

Members of the nascent jet-set, Allyson and Summers were frequently seen in Cap d'Antibes, Madrid, Rome and London. However, the relationship did not last and she married briefly to Glenn Maxwell. She has been married to David Ashrow, a dentist turned actor, since 1976.

Dick Powell had been a major television player with his own production company, Four Star, owning several network shows. When he died, Allyson was left very well off and didn't need to work. She occasionally made appearances on talk and variety shows, but gained new-found celebrity in the 90s as spokeswoman for Depends adult undergarments. Her name made the headlines again when actor-turned-agent Marty Ingels publicly charged Allyson with not paying his large commission on the Depends deal. Allyson counter-charged that Ingels was harrassing her with dozens of phone calls daily and nightly.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, June Allyson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1537 Vine Street.

Leslie Nielsen was raised in Tulita (formally Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His father was a mountie and a strict disciplinarian. His mother was Welsh. Leslie studied at the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto before moving on to New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. His acting career started at a much earlier age when he was forced to lie to his father in order to avoid severe punishment. Leslie has starred in over fifty movies and many more TV films. One of his two brothers became the deputy prime minister of Canada. He is better known for his comedy roles in the Airplane and Naked Gun movies.

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