Palm Springs Speaks is pleased to announce that Dame Joan Collins will appear in Palm Springs on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon at the Richards Center for the Arts, Palm Springs High School as part of the third season line-up of speakers for the series. “An Afternoon with Dame Joan Collins” is a scripted theatrical journey through Dame Joan’s life on the stage and film, lifting the lid on the highs and lows of her amazing career, from her early days at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art right up to her most recent roles on the big and small screen. The show also features a question and answer session where audiences can get a chance to ask Dame Joan their questions! Tickets are on sale now at www.palmspringsspeaks.org and start at $30.
Dame Collins is the third speaker announced for Season Three; other speakers include Secretary Robert B. Reich who will appear on Friday, November 8, 2019 and discuss “Finding the Common Good in Uncommon Times” with attendees receiving a copy of his book The Common Good. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward will appear on Friday, March 6, 2020 and will discuss “The State of the American Presidency” with attendees receiving a copy of his book Fear. Tickets for all speakers are available online; a series ticket can now be purchased by becoming a VISIONARY or STAR Sponsor; details are on the web site.
A collaboration between the Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Palm Springs Speaks launched in 2017 and in its first two years has featured a diverse selection of internationally known speakers and authors including Jane Fonda, Vice President Al Gore, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Emilio Estevez, Janet Mock and others.
Dame Joan Collins is first and foremost an actress. However, she is also a best-selling author, an accomplished producer and a successful entrepreneur. Winner of two Golden Globes and a People’s Choice Awards, nominated several times for Golden Globes, People’s Choice and Emmy awards, as well as recipient of numerous other awards worldwide, Joan has appeared in more than 60 feature films and dozens of television programs. The daughter of theatrical agent Joe Collins and his wife Elsa, Joan Collins was born in London and made her London stage debut at the age of nine in Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE at the Arts Theatre.
Joan Collins has appeared in more than 65 feature films and hundreds of television appearances, including creating the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, one of the most highly rated television dramas of all time. Her novels and memoirs have sold over 50 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 30 languages. She is recognized world-round as a fashion maven of timeless beauty, and is a regular diarist for The Spectator and a contributor to The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times and Harper’s Bazaar. On stage, Joan Collins has performed on Broadway, the West End, and in national tours in the UK and North America.
In 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II elevated Joan Collins to Dame Commander of the British Empire (D.B.E.) for her lifetime contribution to charity work, after having presented her with The Most Excellent Order of The British Empire (O.B.E.) for her services to the arts in 1997.
Palm Springs Speaks is supported by benefactor sponsors: Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Other series sponsors include LuLu California Bistro, Auen Foundation, The Rowan Palm Springs, Grace Helen Spearman Foundation, and Rivera Design.