Thursday, March 27, 2008

Joan Collins talks about the influence of legend Bette Davis

Convincing screen legend Bette Davis to help her adjust her revealing silver lame gown (designed by Nolan Miller, of course) is just one of the fun reminisces that Joan Collins offers in a new story in The Times in London.

Collins, our amazing Alexis Carrington Whatever of "Dynasty," talks about the influence that Davis had on her own career, as Turner Classic Movies celebrates "The Bette Davis Centenary season," 100 years since the actress' birth.

"When I first read the role of Alexis Carrington on 'Dynasty' I considered how Davis would have approached this character," Collins says. "The part was described to me by my agent as 'a real juicy b-tch, the kind of gal Bette Davis would have played in her prime.' "

Collins writes on: "So much of Alexis seemed to emulate so many of Davis’ roles. Conniving, glamorous, sly, the epitome of the woman scorned, she wasn’t afraid to use her sexual charms to get her own way. Whenever I had thoughts about how to play a scene I’d think: 'How would Bette do it?' and the rest was easy."

Davis, who was born on April 5, 1908, died on October 6, 1989. You can learn more about the celebration of her centenary at TCM's site.

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