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Second Act

Collins, Joan

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ISBN 10: 0752216988 / ISBN 13: 9780752216980
Published by Boxtree, London, 1996
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Signed in felt pen by the actress/author on half-title page. Pages are age-darkened as expected. Minor separation between last page of text and rear endpaper, not affecting soundness of binding. Otherwise vg+ to near fine, no other markings, no bookplates in a fine dust jacket with no chips, no tears and not price-clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 101835

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Title: Second Act

Publisher: Boxtree, London

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Out of the spotlight, the drama and excitement of Joan Collins' life rivals the plot of the most compelling Hollywood blockbuster. Now, in Second Act, Joan Collins tells her own story with striking candor and wonderful anecdotes full of insight and wit. "Compulsively readable."--Sunday Telegraph.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A gaudy second installment of memoirs. Collins (Past Imperfect, 1984) is a survivor. For almost 50 years, she has cobbled together a career in mass-market culture- -including TV shows, pulp fiction, and scores of mostly forgettable movies--happily sporting the doe eyes, pancake makeup, and slash of red lipstick they taught her to wear at Fox, where she went to work for Darryl Zanuck in the '50s. Among the events she recollects here are: being touted as a ``vestpocket Ava Gardner''; being picketed by an estranged husband with a sign reading, ``Joan, you have our $2.5 million, 13,000 sq. ft. home. . . . I am now homeless. Help!''; and chatting with Jayne Mansfield, who made small talk as a makeup man shaved her pubic hair into a heart shape. She's had four husbands, younger lovers, and was propositioned by Robert Kennedy (she heroically declined). Though Collins philosophizes about this-and-that (``Fidelity seems to be a trait in short supply with most men, male `equipment' being able to rise to stimulating opportunities with alacrity''), there's not much introspection here. Of Peter Holm, her much publicized third husband, she says simply, ``His tyranny, dual personality and definite sociopathic tendencies were making me feel as though I was playing Ingrid Bergman's role in Gaslight.'' But Collins matter-of-factly describes her life's challenges: Her daughter Katy was hit by a car and badly injured, and Collins spent years as her family's breadwinner, making quickie movies in order to pay the bills. She rarely complains, though like Dynasty's Alexis Carrington, she can be bitchy. Describing her former editor Joni Evans, who testified against Collins in her lawsuit against Random House: ``I was surprised by her raddled appearance and how much older she looked since last we'd met.'' In an earlier age, this would have been perfect reading for under the hairdryer. (photos, not seen) (TV satellite tour) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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