HONORING JOAN COLLINS|
At Our Next Luncheon: MARCH 16, 2018
PPB President Alan Perris will present the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to Joan Collins at PPBâ€™s March 16 celebrity luncheon.
Joan is internationally renowned for her role of Alexis Carrington Colby in Dynasty, one of the most highly rated evening and long running TV dramas of all time.
Winner of two Golden Globes and two Peopleâ€™s Choice Awards, nominated for an Emmy award among several others, Joan has starred in more than 60 feature films and hundreds of television programs.
Some of her more memorable films are The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing; Rally Round The Flag Boys; The Virgin Queen; The Bravados; The Opposite Sex; Land Of The Pharaohs; Road To Hong Kong ; The Big Sleep; Steven Berkoff's Decadence;and Kenneth Branaghâ€™s In The Bleak Midwinter. She continues to work on at least one major project a year and her most recent movie, The Time Of Their Lives, co-starring Pauline Collins, was released in March and is now available on DVD. She is currently in production on a new movie entitled Gerry
Joan has worked with great movie legends and has guest starred in some of the most popular TV series, such as Star Trek, Starsky & Hutch, Mission Impossible, Love Boat, The Persuaders, Space 1999, Batman, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Policewoman, Baretta, The Nanny, Will & Grace, Roseanne; Footballers Wives; Hotel Babylon and most recently Rules Of Engagement and Happily Divorced.
Joan Collins is also a best selling author and has published sixteen books, as well as an accomplished stage actress, having starred in over 11 plays and musicals on Broadway and London's West End.
In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II elevated Joan Collins to Dame Commander of the British Empire (D.B.E.) for her lifetime contribution to charity work, after having presented her with The Most Excellent Order of The British Empire (O.B.E.) for her services to the arts in 1997. She is married to Percy Gibson, who will be on the dais honoring Joan at the PPB luncheon.
SCHEDULED ON THE DAIS
Carol Bayer Sager
LAST LUNCHEON FEB. 09, 2018
Honoree: Donna Mills
On February 9, PPB Past President Chuck Street presented the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to veteran TV actress and producer Donna Mills, who is best known for her long-running role as villainous Abby Cunningham on the prime-time soap opera â€śKnots Landing,â€ť and for her role as Tobie Williams, the girlfriend of Clint Eastwoodâ€™s character in the 1971 cult film â€śPlay Misty for Me.â€ť
Mills began her acting career on television with a six-month stint on the CBS daytime soap opera â€śThe Secret Stormâ€ť in 1966, playing the character of â€śRocket.â€ť Following this, she made her film debut in â€śThe Incidentâ€ť (1967), co-starring alongside Martin Sheen, Beau Bridges, Ed McMahon, and Thelma Ritter. She appeared on Broadway in Woody Allenâ€™s comedy, â€śDonâ€™t Drink the Water,â€ť as the Sultan of Bashirâ€™s wife. She then starred for three years in the soap opera â€śLove is a Many Splendored Thingâ€ť (1967-1970).
In 1980 Donna Mills landed her most prominent role â€” that of scheming, manipulative vixen Abby Cunningham on the long-running primetime soap opera â€śKnots Landing.â€ť Mills portrayed Abby from 1980â€“1989.
In 1989, Mills announced her intention to leave the long-running nighttime soap after nine years as Abby. According to Mills, she wanted to take a break from acting for a while, and from Abby as well. For this role, she won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess on three occasions, in 1986, 1988 and 1989.
She has since starred in several TV movies, including â€śFalse Arrestâ€ť (1991), â€śIn My Daughterâ€™s Nameâ€ť (1992), â€śDangerous Intentionsâ€ť (1995), â€śThe Stepford Husbandsâ€ť (1996) and â€śLadies of the Houseâ€ť (2008). In 2014, she joined the cast of long-running daytime soap opera â€śGeneral Hospital.â€ť
After Knots Landing, Mills concentrated on television movies, four of which she co-produced: â€śThe Worldâ€™s Oldest Living Bridesmaid" (1990), "Runaway Father" (1991), "In My Daughterâ€™s Name" (1992) and "My Name Is Kate" (1994). She returned to "Knots Landing" for its final episode in 1993, and again for the reunion miniseries "Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac" in 1997. In between she had a brief recurring guest role as Jane Mancini (played by Josie Bissett)â€™s mother on "Melrose Place."
Pictured Below on the dais were, seated, left to right: Jolie Keyser, Honoree Donna Mills, Dennie Gordon and David Jacobs. Standing, left to right: James Leo Ryan, Joan Van Ark and Michele Lee. Dais member not pictured: RuPaul Charles. (Photo by Roxanne Schorbach)