Joan Collins - The Biography of an Icon - by Graham Lord (Orion, £8.99).

IT seems like there was never a time that there wasn't a Joan Collins.

Over half a century after making her cinematic film debut she has made many notable television and film appearances from comedic TV advertisements with Leonard Rossiter via diverse TV shows such as Batman and Starsky and Hutch to playing wealthy villainess Alexis Carrington opposite John Forsythe in Dynasty.

Her enduring appeal goes much deeper than her famous television and film roles. and quite frequently her private life including marriages to Anthony Newley and Peter Holm has come under just as much scrutiny by the worlds media than her acting performances.

Graham Lord's meticulous research in this intimate biography leaves no stone unturned in the life of the Hollywood icon, with many stories and anecdotes taken from a variety of sources and a cast list of supporting actors worthy of any million dollar blockbuster.