WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA: Joan Collins seems to get more beautiful as she gets older, and during her recent outing with husband Percy Gibson at Craig’s, a popular West Hollywood restaurant, she looked as radiant as ever. The 89-year-old ‘Dynasty’ star wore a chic white tunic with ruffled sleeves over a black fur-lined jacket.
Gibson, 57, looked handsome in a superbly tailored midnight blue suit as he helped Collins’ wife out of the car. Bestselling author and Collins’ sister, Jackie, who died in 2015 after an undercover battle with cancer, used to be a frequent guest at Craig’s.
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Gibson is nearly 30 years younger than Collins, a difference she downplays in interviews with the phrase “if he dies, he dies.” The couple celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in 2022 with a star-studded gala at Claridge’s. Loud OK! Magazine, Simon Cowell, Elizabeth Hurley and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson attended the event.
On the professional front, Collins published a book of her diaries in 2020 and she appeared in the BBC documentary This Is Joan Collins in 2022. Movement in an interview with The New York Times that same year. “Unfortunately, I think that because of this rise in anti-masculinity, young men are now suffering from being labeled toxically masculine,” she reportedly said.
Collins recalled that showbiz sexual misconduct “happened to girls all the time” when she was young. “Often I just laughed in their faces,” she said. Commenting on whether the wrongdoing continues to this day, she said: “I don’t let men get on me so I don’t know. But I think probably.”
Collins opened up about the details of her personal me-too experiences in her bio, Past Imperfect, though she told the newspaper they were “bad memories that I don’t want to relive,” the Daily Mail reports. There were many darker passages in the book, including when 20th Century Fox CEO Darryl Zanuck tried to impose himself on her in a hotel corridor. “I was wondering how to get out of there without having to kneel on his groin. Luckily, Dorothy Dandridge and a makeup artist came down the corridor and I fled, vowing to avoid Mr. Z in the future,” she wrote.
At the age of 18, Collins married Maxwell Reed, an actor who drugged and sexually abused her. She eventually divorced him after he tried to sell her to an Arab sheikh for $12,388 a night. Anthony Newley, with whom she had children Tara and Sacha, was one of her later ex-husbands.
She also married Peter Holm, an ex-pop musician whom she now derogatorily calls “the Swede”, and Ron Kass, a former Beatles manager, with whom she had their daughter Katie. She eventually settled down with Gibson, jokingly stating in 2020 that her marriage to him lasted as long as her previous four unions combined.