The display of this portrait coincides with the opening of the exhibition Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits on 7 July 2011. Two portraits of Joan Collins are included in the exhibition while her portrait by Andy Warhol can currently be seen in Room 32.
Born in London in 1933, Collins trained at RADA and made her stage debut in 1946 in A Doll’s House and her film debut in 1951. Her early Hollywood films include Land of the Pharaohs (1955) and The Opposite Sex (1956). In 1981 she enjoyed critical and popular success in the role of Alexis Carrington Colby in the long–running television series Dynasty. Her autobiography Past Imperfect was first published in 1978 (revised 1984) and was followed by Second Act in 1996. Collins was awarded an OBE in 1997.