Joan Collins had one of her “nice girl” roles as Edith Keeler—and likely James T. Kirk’s one true love—in the classic Star Trek chapter “The City on the Edge of Forever.” Millions know her for her sultry, bad girls—led by superbitch Alexis Carrington Colby of the classic Dynasty prime-time soap opera. But as Collins is the first to admit, to this day she gets almost as much attention for her one-time guest role as “Sister Edith” in the Hugo-winning episode by Harlan Ellison.
Among her earlier movies were the last Bob Hope-Bing Crosby “road” movie, 1962’s The Road to Hong Kong, prefaced by sexy roles in The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing and Rally Round the Flag, Boys! Collins’ early TV work included guest stints on Batman, Mission: Impossible, The Virginian, and even Space: 1999, but it was standout roles in the mini-series based on novels by younger sister Jackie Collins, The Stud and The Bitch, that grew the flamboyant attitude that made Alexis possible.
Meanwhile, Collins’ novels and memoirs have sold over 50 million copies worldwide, and she spends time on her favorite humanitarian causes: curing breast cancer and boosting children with learning disabilities. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for her life in arts and charity support.