Palm Springs Speaks will be presenting Dame Joan Collins 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. She will be introduced by News Channel 3 ABC Meteorologist and local personality Patrick Evans. She will be then joined onstage by Actor, Director and Producer, Chuck Yates, five-time Desert Star Award-winner and Founding Artistic Director of Coyote StageWorks, to discuss 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, and behind the scenes stories; she will be ‘spilling the tea’ on it all! There will also be an opportunity for the audiences to submit questions for Dame Joan after check-in at the event; index cards will be provided. Tickets are on sale now at www.palmspringsspeaks.org. A special Limited Edition General Admission $45 ticket has been added to the show and is available online now!
As an added bonus for all those attending the event, a donated fresh copy of an original Dynasty script from the personal files of the Executive Story Editor of the series, Frank V. Furino, along with an original vintage Interview magazine from September 1984 Vol. XIV No. 9 featuring Joan on the cover with an extensive interview inside, will be raffled off at the event. Tickets will be sold at the event only for $5 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. The winning ticket will be drawn on stage by Mr. Furino and Joan and the winner will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with both and have Joan sign the script and magazine if desired. So if you love Joan or were a Dynasty super fan this is your opportunity to have a piece of history!
Joan Collins is the second speaker to appear for Palm Springs Speaks Season Three; other speakers to come include Andrea Bernstein on Friday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. discussing her new book American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power. Then on Wednesday February 5th at 12:00 p.m. noon Actor and Advocate Tembi Locke will appear for a lunch and talk event discussing her book From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home. Both events will be at the Historic Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs Cultural Center. Finally, 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; he will be appearing at the Richards Center for the Arts, Palm Springs High School. Tickets for all speakers are available online.
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, Robert Reich 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, Gulf-California Broadcast Co./News Channel 3 ABC and Rivera Design.
About Palm Springs Speaks
Palm Springs Speaks seeks to entertain and educate while shining the spotlight on the written word and literacy for the Coachella Valley. The speaker series provides access to culture and the arts with a variety of speakers representing many walks of life. This series also provides an opportunity for the Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Palm Springs Cultural Center to raise funds. For more information, please visit www.palmspringsspeaks.org