“Alexis had a man's attitude. She took no prisoners in terms of sex,” Joan said in a 2007 interview with Matthew Hays. “If she had to use her sexual wiles to get a business deal she did that, too. She was tough in business, but looked good in a negligee.”
A native of Paddington, England, Joan made her London theatrical debut at age 9 in Ibsen's “A Doll House.” Joan's father, Joseph William Collins, who also represented Tom Jones and the Beatles, was her first agent.
She studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and at age 17 signed a contract with J. Arthur Rank Film Company. While appearing in a number of British movies in the early 1950s, Joan also became a pin-up queen, posing for British magazines in the 1950s.
She journeyed to Hollywood at age 22 and appeared in U.S. Films “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing” (1955), “Islands in the Sun” (1956) and “Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!” (1958). Over the course of her seven-decade career, she's worked with film greats Richard Burton, Paul Newman, Sir Laurence Olivier and James Stewart, to name a few.