Joan Collins

Joan Collins talks to Victoria Young about gossiping with her daughters, saying “No thanks” to plastic surgery and what she loves in a man

I’m a bit of a gypsy at heart. I’ve just come back from a long tour in America and we were in a different hotel each week for 30 weeks. During the summer I like to be in the South of France, but we’ve also got places in London and New York’s Upper East Side and I feel at home in each of them.

I’ve become totally hooked on Cellex-C. It’s an anti-ageing serum and is fantastic. I use it morning and evening and even on my hands, where it has faded those dark spots.

My family is important to me. I love spending girly time with my daughters – going to lunch, sitting around on the bed gossiping and drinking tea. And I adore hanging out with my three grandchildren – watching videos, swimming; just doing ordinary things.

I love everything about my husband Percy. I adore his kindness, sense of humour, generosity of spirit, intelligence and looks. He doesn’t really have any bad habits, apart from smoking, but he’s got much better at not leaving ashtrays around.

If I need to cheer myself up I will put on some fabulous ’40s musical on video. But I’m very lucky, I seldom get depressed. Without question, I’m a “glass half full” person. In fact, it’s three-quarters full!

I have really terrific friends. I have friends who are rich and not so rich. I have friends I have known since I was 20 and people I’ve met in the past two years.

I don’t use e-mail; I phone and fax. I think people who are hunched over their computer screens all day should get a life.

When I was 49 I posed for Playboy – I was very flattered to be asked. I was quite honoured really, considering that most of the models they feature are in their twenties.

I have always lived in the present. I don’t think about the future because if you do, you get depressed and I don’t want to get depressed.

I’ve got far too much energy to retire. What would I do? I’d go mad! But I wouldn’t want to go on tour any more – it is too tiring.

My philosophy about ageing is that there is nothing you can do about it. And it’s better than the alternative, which is death.

The real me in three words? Enthusiatic, multi-tasking, adventurous.

Joan Collins is the face of Cellex-C Age Less 15™ Skin Signaling Serum, £150 for 30ml. Available from Harvey Nichols and Selfridges or call 08457-402214.

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