Unlike her television character, Dynasty’s conniving and restless Alexis Carrington, Joan Collins says that she is happier than she has ever been. Collins, who starred in the popular primetime soap opera from 1981 until the show ended in 1989, told Maclean’s. “I’m more in control of my private life now. I’m doing what I want to do.” Her
second popular-fiction novel, Love & Desire & Hate, came out last month, and in June, Collins will reunite with her Dynasty co-stars to shoot a TV movie scheduled for the fall. Collins, 57, rejects media reports of a rivalry between her and her sister, best-selling popular-fiction novelist Jackie Collins. Unlike Alexis, said Collins, “I have no room for it—jealousy and envy, for me, are a waste of time.”
Looking tanned and erudite, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau was besieged by fans as he opened the Bora Laskin Law Library at the University of Toronto last week. In town for a major speech and the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and to receive an honorary degree, Trudeau, 71, clearly enjoyed the adulation. Toronto artist Charles Pachter managed to speak to Trudeau and show him Polaroid shots of a portrait that he had painted. Said Pachter: “He looks even better in person. But he said he liked it.”
BAD BOY MAKES GOOD MONEY
Last week was a thriller for Michael Jackson. He dined with Madonna, and negotiated the biggest performance contract ever. Jackson stands to make more than $1 billion under the terms of the contract with Sony Music. Some industry analysts say that Jackson, who has not released a record in four years—his last album, Bad, sold 25 million—is a risk. But Jackson's latest album is due in June, and his dinner with the Material Girl has increased speculation that they are planning a collaboration. An auspicious portent of profit.
Although Oklahoma-born country singer Reba McEntire lost her manager and seven band members in a plane crash on March 16, life goes on. McEntire, who had planned to take a later flight to her Fort Wayne, Ind., concert, will go ahead with a ninecity Canadian tour that begins in Moncton, N.B., in two weeks. And as a tribute to her friends, McEntire, 36, said that she planned to go ahead with her scheduled March 25 Oscar-night performance of the nominated song I’m Checkin’ Out. McEntire has made no public comment. Said a spokesman: “She can’t put it into words.”
Out and about in Austria
Although debt-ridden Canadian tycoon Robert Campeau says that he is ill, a neighbor says that she has seen him jogging around the grounds of his palatial Austrian retreat. The Sudbury, Ont., native electrified the world in the
late 1980s with his acquisitions of Allied Stores Corp. and Federated Department Stores Inc. But now, Campeau, 66, is facing personal bankruptcy in Canada as well as massive debts in the United States. In January, Campeau’s lawyers told American creditors that he was too sick
to answer questions. Only days before, the neighbor, who asked to remain nameless, reported the jogger in apparent full vigor on his St. Gilgen estate. The neighbor told Maclean’s: “He’s very sporty. I think he jogs every day.” Added an acquaintance: “His physical condition wasn’t bad, but his psychic state wasn’t too good.”
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