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Past Imperfect: An Autobiography

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  115 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This is a well-written dishy autobiography that delivers. Joan shares details on career, life, films and Dynasty as well as all the dishy dirty. Her humor shines through
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1978)
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Lesley Truffle
Joan Collins has been a soft target in the press for many years. Her five husbands, unwise film choices and sheer flamboyance has often overshadowed her tenacity, innate intelligence and enduring wit. A British contemporary of Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, Collins is one of the last great Hollywood dames. She has written other books but in this early book (first published in 1978) she is disarmingly honest about swinging Hollywood in the sixties and seventies.
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So when my friend's 80 year old mother offers me a book to read, saying, "This is what we considered trashy back in the day," I couldn't resist. According to her, she bought it on a trip to London because it was just not available in the US due to some sort of scandal, I'm not really sure what that's all about. I enjoyed this one! I didn't really know who Joan Collins was before reading it, but if she wrote this herself, she's definitely someone I'd like to know. The stories of what Hollywood wa ...more
La Collin's own life all manages almost to transcend even the most preposterous episodes of Dynasty - and I loved it :-D
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I read this entertaining little book in the meantime while I was waiting for my laptop to repair itself. Thank to Windows; and the need to reinstall everythingl; I had many hours to review this writing; that tells us about the life and miracles of this beautiful and aged actress.

I think that I didn't loose my time. In the preface; she says that she wrote this book alone; without the help of any journalist or professional writer. If that is true; I have to take off my hat: I liked her style; dire
One of the best "celebrity" memoirs I've ever read. Collins is witty and reading this book made me realize how intelligent she is. Well, I've watched her in interviews and she's always poised and erudite, so it came as no surprise that her autobiography was well written. So many actors' memoirs are banal and boring, but Collins certainly is never banal or boring. Don't let the book jacket fool you, this book is anything but kitsch.
Kristopher D Michaels
I had this book in paperback form years ago when it came out but this Kindle edition has no pics and that sucks. Also, I know there were stories cut from the Kindle edition that I clearly remember from the paperback. If this is the only copy you can get, fine. If you can get a copy of the old paperback, you will be happier.
A very readable book. Joan Collins is from the old school of actresses, so she knew people and had experiences that are probably typical of her generation. Honest, crazy.
Autobiography of the actress who has had an interesting life as "the poor man's Elizabeth Taylor."
Alexis Carrington Colby from Dynasty / Edith Keeler from Star Trek / Badass!
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Joan Henrietta Collins, OBE is a Golden Globe Award-winning English actress and bestselling author.
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