GL - Joan Collins to Guiding Light

User Rating: / 0
Prime time diva Queen hits daytime.

Internationally Renowned Actress, Joan Collins, to Join CBS Daytime Drama, Guiding Light

Joan Collins (as Alexis Carrington, Dynasty)Internationally renowned actress Joan Collins makes her daytime television debut when she joins the cast of the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light in the role of Alexandra Spaulding, it was announced today by the show’s Executive Producer Paul Rauch.   A wealthy and powerful woman, Alexandra is a master manipulator engaged in an eternal battle with her brother, Alan (Ron Raines), for control of Spaulding Enterprises.  Collins will begin taping on Monday, August 26 for episodes that will air beginning in late September.

"We are thrilled to have an actress of Joan’s caliber play the role of Alexandra Spaulding," said Rauch upon making the announcement.  "Alexandra is a vibrant and formidable woman and Joan’s talents are perfect for this character."

Added Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, Executive-in-Charge of Production for Procter & Gamble Productions, which produces Guiding Light, "When we decided to bring back the character of Alexandra Spaulding, Joan Collins was the first person on our wish list to play the sexy, no-nonsense businesswoman.  We couldn’t be happier to have an actress of her stature join the cast of Guiding Light, a respected show which has led the way in daytime drama for 50 years on television."

Collins, who achieved worldwide fame for her portrayal of Alexis Carrington Colby in the prime-time television hit Dynasty, is a versatile actress, best-selling author and accomplished producer.

Having made her London stage debut at the age of nine in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Arts Theatre, Collins later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.  Throughout her successful stage and screen career, she has appeared in more than 55 feature films and dozens of television programs.  In so doing, she has worked with some of the greatest acting legends, including Richard Burton, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Joan Fontaine, Bob Hope, Ray Milland, Robert Mitchum, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Edward G. Robinson, Rod Steiger, Joanne Woodward, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Nigel Hawthorne.

Working on the other side of the camera, Collins served as producer of Sins, a six-hour television mini-series that topped the ratings in the United States, and produced and starred in Monte Carlo, a four-hour mini-series with George Hamilton, which aired in 1986 to great acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

A noted author, Collins has published ten books, beginning with the publication of her best-selling autobiography, Past Imperfect, in April 1985.  Her latest novel, Star Quality, will be published in the United States by Hyperion in the fall of 2002, and Robson Books is due to publish her new self-help book, Joan's Way, in October of 2002 in the UK.

In March 1997, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presented Collins with the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for her lifetime contribution to the arts and her ongoing charity work.

Guiding Light, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on television, is the longest-running daily show in broadcast history.  A Procter & Gamble Production, the program airs on the CBS Television Network.  (Check local listings.)  Paul Rauch is the Executive Producer; Lucky Gold and Millee Taggart are the Headwriters.  Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin is the Executive-in-Charge of Production