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Love & desire & hate
Collins, Joan, 1933-
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New York : Simon and Schuster, [1990]

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Joan Collins was born in London, England on May 23, 1933. She studied for two years at the British Academy of Dramatic Art. She is the sister of novelist Jackie Collins. She began an acting career at the age of nine with an appearance in A Doll's House at the Arts Theater in London. She has appeared in more than 65 films. She received the most success playing Alexis Carrington in the primetime soap opera, Dynasty which ran from 1981 to1988. She received a Golden Globe Award in 1983 for this role.

Her first book, Past Imperfect, was a kiss-and-tell autobiography published in 1978. Her first novel, Prime Time, was published in 1988. Her other fiction works include Love and Desire and Hate, Too Damn Famous, Infamous, Star Quality, and Misfortune's Daughter. Her other nonfiction books include The Joan Collins Beauty Book, My Secrets, My Friends' Secrets, Joan's Way: The Art of Living Well and Second Act. In 1997, she was honored with an O.B.E. title in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the arts, culture and charitable causes.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This crisp, savvy romance by actress and novelist Collins ( Prime Time ) assembles a vivid array of international stage and film personalities in Acapulco in 1955, where one of them is murdered on a movie location. Tracing the lives of each, Collins returns to Paris in 1943 where Ines Dessault, age 14, plies her hooker's trade in order to survive in occupied France. Brutalized by a client, let's not give away Joan's inimitable style!/mc fascist Italian general Umberto Scrofo, she stabs him with his razor, leaving him for dead. Ines flees to England, educating and upgrading herself to ``courtesan.'' Scrofo recovers, kills a woman in Greece and earns the sworn hatred of Nikolas Stanopolis--future film director Nicholas Stone. Meanwhile Ines and Julian (``Looks'') Brooks, top British box office star, fall in love. Ines worries about her secret past and contends with rivals--Julian's blowsy wife Phoebe and precocious teenage dancer Dominique, whose eerie, sexually frustrated duenna Agathe also pines for Julian. With all the principal players gathered in Mexico, the plot takes many an engaging turn, especially when the vile Scrofo surfaces as a moneyed producer. Collins dishes up a tasty read, pleasingly seasoned with tattle and memorabilia of stage and screen. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved