Joan Collins had ambitions to act from an early age. Playing Alexis in the American television series 'Dynasty' made her a star worldwide.

Actor and writer Joan Collins talks to Pat Kenny about how she started in show business a career her father tried to discourage her from.

She's been described as a man-eating tigress, the epitome of glamour.

Joan Collins begins her chat with Pat Kenny by telling the presenter that he's better looking than Robert Redford. 

Coming from a long line of showbiz people Joan Collins believes it was her destiny to become a star. At the age of three or four, Joan had already decided that she wanted to be an actor and took dancing and singing lessons when she was very young.  Joan got her first review at the age of three which read,

Joan Collins plays a very believable fairy.

Joan was discouraged from pursuing a career in showbiz by her father who thought the chances of success, particularly for a woman, were slim. 

He thought it was a very dodgy profession.

However, this scepticism of the entertainment industry only served to make Joan even more determined to become a success. Undeterred, she attended acting school at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the rest is history going on to become a household name around the world playing Alexis Carrington Colby in the glamorous US television soap 'Dynasty'.

This episode of 'Kenny Live' was broadcast on 10 January 1998. The presenter is Pat Kenny.