From the archive: Joan Collins and the Oxford don, 1990

Peter Conrad meets the Dynasty star as she prepares to return to London

Peter Conrad’s interview with Joan Collins was presented as a meeting between low and high culture (‘Joan Collins and the Don from Oxford’, 29 April 1990), which rather sold Collins’s obvious intelligence and sense of humour some way short.

Having recently finished her decade-long stint as Alexis Carrington Colby in Dynasty, Collins was returning to England to be in two Coward plays, Easy Virtue on TV and Private Lives in the West End. ‘You don’t dare make jokes here,’ she said. ‘They all take everything so seriously. I’m too cynical, and too incendiary. That’s why I long to get back to the theatre, where everyone sends everyone up all the time.’

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