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British Actress Kate O'Mara, Famous For Starring On ABC's 'Dynasty,' Dies At 74

March 31st, 2014 3:14pm EDT
Kate O'Mara
Former Dynasty actress Kate O'Mara died over the weekend, succumbing to a brief illness in a nursing home in Sussex, England.

"A shining star has gone out and Kate will be dearly missed by all who knew and have worked with her," her agent, Phil Belfield, said in a statement.

O'Mara was best known for her work on the hit ABC series, one of the first 'prime time soap operas' on TV, which aired from 1981-89. She played Cassandra 'Caress' Morell, the sister of Alexis Colby (Joan Collins).

Collins paid tribute to the late actress on her twitter page, writing, "Tragic news about Kate O Mar (si...

Diahann Carroll was abandoned by her parents as a child

June 12th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Diahann Carroll
TV and movie legend Diahann Carroll has revealed one of her darkest secrets in a new TV interview - she was abandoned by her mother as a three year old.

The actress, who turns 78 next month (Jul13), has led a rich, successful life, but she has never been able to shake the memory of the day she woke up at her aunt's house in North Carolina and realised her mum was gone.

In a candid new TV chat with Oprah Winfrey, the Dynasty star reveals, "My mum and dad were poor and my mother took me to North Carolina and when I awakened the following day my mother had left me... She and my dad had decid...

Joan Collins to star in British sitcom

May 29th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Joan Collins
Veteran actress Joan Collins is marking her recent 80th birthday with a new role on U.K. sitcom Benidorm.

The Dynasty star celebrated the milestone last Thursday (23May13) but she is refusing to slow down and revealed to fans on Tuesday (28May13) that she is heading back to the small screen to play a character called Crystal - the same name as her former TV nemesis, played by Linda Evans.

In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Looking forward to going to Spain to be in Benidorm. And I'm playing Crystal yes I am!! But not the Dynasty one."

Benidorm, which focuses on fictional tou...

Television's Most Villainous Matriarchs

September 21st, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Madeleine Stowe in Revenge
Everyone loves a good villain. And ABC's new series "Revenge" promises just that. The series features Emily Van Camp as Emily Thorne, a new girl in the Hamptons. But things are not what they seem. Emily has lived there before and has returned to exact vengeance on those who have wronged her in the past.

Among Emily's targets is Victoria Grayson, a villain played deliciously by Madeleine Stowe. Victoria is the Hamptons' richest and most powerful player, and nothing - not even her best friend - will stop her from getting what she wants.

Based on the tale "The Count Of Monte Cristo," "Reveng...

Joan Collins Blames Recent Hospitalization On A 'Very Tight Dress'

March 1st, 2011 8:13am EST
Joan Collins
TV legend Joan Collins was taken to the hospital during the post-Oscars Vanity Fair party after her figure-hugging dress left her feeling faint.

The Dynasty star attended the magazine's bash at Hollywood's Sunset Tower Hotel in a tight-fitting lilac gown, but after mixing with A-listers for several hours, the 77 year old began to feel dizzy.

Her concerned husband Percy Gibson called an ambulance for his wife, and medics decided to rush the star to a nearby hospital for tests. Collins was relieved when doctors gave her the all-clear - and blames her corseted dress for the fuss.

She tel...

Stephanie Beacham Undergoes Treatment As Cancer Returns

February 22nd, 2011 11:11am EST
Stephanie Beacham
Actress Stephanie Beacham has told of her terror after doctors revealed her skin cancer has returned. The Dynasty star had a brush with the disease in 2008 but assumed she was back to full health after a course of cryotherapy to freeze and remove the growth on her nose.

However, she was plunged into "horror" last month when medics revealed the cancerous cells have returned. The star is currently undergoing photodynamic therapy for basal cell carcinoma in a bid to kill off the illness.

Beacham tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "The news that it had returned gave me such a fright. The firs...

Joan Collins Tips Gemma Arterton For 'Dynasty' Role

January 17th, 2011 3:24pm EST
Joan Collins
Joan Collins is tipping British actress Gemma Arterton to take on her famous Alexis Carrington character in a movie prequel to her hit TV series Dynasty.

The popular show, which ran from 1981 until 1989, focused on a rich oil family in Colorado and starred late actor John Forsythe as tycoon Blake Carrington, alongside Linda Evans and Collins.

Creator Richard Shapiro recently revealed plans to bring back the show back for a big screen outing, explaining the new film will tell fans how the family came into its oil fortune.

And Collins - whose addition to the cast helped make the show a ...

'Dynasty' The Movie?

January 13th, 2011 10:18am EST
Hit 1980s soap opera Dynasty is set to be revived for a new movie prequel.

The popular show, which ran from 1981 until 1989, focused on a rich oil family in Colorado and starred late actor John Forsythe as tycoon Blake Carrington, alongside Linda Evans and Joan Collins.

Original Dynasty creator Richard Shapiro has now announced plans to bring the show back for a big screen outing, and he's revealed the new film will be set before the TV series and show how Forsythe's character discovers he is heir to an oil fortune.

Shapiro tells E! Online, "We've given thought to the movie before and we...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: April

January 1st, 2011 3:00pm EST
Bret Michaels
The eruption of a volcano in Iceland at the end of March meant the following month was dogged by stories of stranded stars as a giant ash cloud swept over northern Europe and closed airports across the continent.

California's Coachella festival was under threat as a number of acts canceled their slots when they were unable to fly out to the U.S.

Several movie premieres were also affected in the chaos - the "Iron Man 2" red carpet event in London was moved to Los Angeles when stars including Robert Downey, Jr. were unable to jet to Britain. Miley Cyrus also scrapped plans to unveil her fil...

Notable 2010 Celebrity Deaths

December 31st, 2010 8:00am EST
2010 Celeb Deaths
Fortunately, 2010 wasn't a big one for celebrity deaths. In 2009, several notables died, including Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Farrah Fawcett.

May was a particularly bad month, in which stars such as Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper passed away.

Casey Johnson, Johnson & Johnson heiress and fiancee of reality star Tila Tequila, died January 4 from diabetic ketoacidosis.

"All My Children" patriarch James Mitchell died on January 22, weeks shy of his 90th birthday. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated by pneumonia.

"Poltergeist" star Zelda Rubenstein di...

Germaphobe Joan Collins Refuses To Shake Ozzy Osbourne's Hand

December 20th, 2010 11:30am EST
Joan Collins
Hollywood actress Joan Collins is so terrified of falling ill she refused to shake rock legend Ozzy Osbourne's hand in case she picked up a bug.

The former Black Sabbath frontman recently spotted the Dynasty star in an elevator at his apartment building in Los Angeles but when he offered his hand as a friendly gesture, Collins declined to touch him. And Osbourne is adamant he understands why the actress snubbed him - because picking up germs can be damaging for a celebrity's career.

In his health column for The Sunday Times Magazine, Osbourne writes, "The other day... Joan Collins (was...

Joan Collins: 'There Aren't That Many Good-Looking Actresses'

October 11th, 2010 4:31pm EDT
Joan Collins
Actress Joan Collins laments the lack of beautiful actresses in Hollywood, insisting audiences are "starved of gorgeous people" on the big screen.

The glamorous Dynasty star believes the modern film industry would be much more exciting if studios cast more attractive stars in their movies - and she's convinced Angelina Jolie is the only actress who lives up to the legends of the silver screen.

Collins tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "I have to say, there aren't that many good-looking actresses around today. I mean, there's Angelina Jolie and there's... Angelina Jolie. But I can't think...

Joan Collins:'I Was Lucky If My Parents Actually Acknowledged My Existence'

August 7th, 2010 9:00pm EDT
Joan Collins
Dynasty legend Joan Collins is convinced the overindulged youth of today has "a lot to learn from generations past" - after spending the summer with her grandchildren and realizing they're spoiled.

The British actress noticed how overly pampered children are after taking her family on a trip to the South of France and witnessing how sweet life is for her grandkids. Collins reveals her adult children pander to the every whim of her grandkids, Miel, 11, and six year olds Weston and Ava Grace, and she's baffled by their comfortable upbringing - because her own parents were so strict.

In a ...

Tom Hanks To Receive Award For 'Bosom Buddies'

April 6th, 2010 8:50am EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is reuniting with his Bosom Buddies co-star Peter Scolari to accept a special prize for the hit cross-dressing sitcom at the 2010 TV Land Awards.

The actors kick-started their careers on the 1980 series, in which they played roommates who dressed up as women to live in an all-female hotel.

Now, they're set to join former co-stars Donna Dixon, Telma Hopkins and Holland Taylor 30 years later to accept TV Land's Anniversary Award. The ceremony will mark the first time the cast has been seen together publicly since the show ended.

Late Dynasty and Charlie's Angels star John Fors...

Joan Collins, Kate Jackson And Heather Locklear Pay Tribute To John Forsythe

April 3rd, 2010 10:00am EDT
John Forsythe
Joan Collins, Kate Jackson and Heather Locklear have paid tribute to late actor John Forsythe, who died on Thursday after a four-year cancer battle.

The trio worked with the TV icon on beloved shows Dynasty and Charlie's Angel. Collins, who played the ex-wife of Forsythe's Blake Carrington character in Dynasty, called the actor "the last of the true gentleman of the acting profession."

A statement from the British star reads, "I enjoyed my nine years of feuding, fussing and fighting as the Carringtons and I was so glad to have had the chance to reunite with him a few years ago in the Dyna...

Sneak Peek: Photos Of Heather Locklear On 'Melrose Place'

October 15th, 2009 10:41am EDT
Heather Locklear on Melrose Place
Heather Locklear will reprise her role as scheming vixen Amanda Woodward of "Melrose Place" on November 17. Check out some photos from the episode!

In the 1980s, Locklear starred in Dynasty and as the ever-imperiled lady cop Stacy Sheridan on T.J. Hooker. She joined the popular 1990s series of "Melrose Place" at the end of season one and stayed on throughout the series' successful seven-year run. She later starred in Spin City and LAX.

Will Locklear's return to "Melrose" revive her career and/or the show? We sure hope so. This week the series hit a new low with just 1.40 million viewe...

Q&A With Michael Ausiello: TV Fan, Media Journalist, and Neo-Celebrity (But Don't Try To Tell Him That!)

September 30th, 2009 11:15am EDT
Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello, "Entertainment Weekly's" TV writer, is the "outbreak monkey" of his field. There is a new virus that is affecting the field of media journalism, and that plague is celebrity. The new neo-celebrity status of these journalists has a patient zero - the person we see as the beginning of it all - and that is Ausiello himself.

The line between celebrity and non-celebrity has blurred in the past 15 years thanks to a change in how we interpret and apply entertainment and media into our daily lives. This change has created a domino effect that has also hit the field of journ...

80s Vs. 90s: Which Decade Was The Best In Entertainment?

September 26th, 2009 10:03am EDT
Eighties and Nineties nostalgia are running rampant in pop culture right now. Television networks and film companies are resurrecting TV shows and movies like 90210, Melrose Place, Halloween, and Transformers. This obsession with the 80s and 90s have lead to TV specials and debates about which decade is better. Both provided us with fascinating films to watch, memorable music to listen to, and new forms of entertainment that we still use today. But when it comes to entertainment, which decade was better?


In the 80s, there were only three major broadcast networks - ABC, NBC,...

Joan Collins Slams Botox

April 9th, 2009 12:31pm EDT
Joan Collins
Former Dynasty star Joan Collins has vowed never to use Botox - because the long-term effects of the wrinkle-fighting injections remain unknown.

The 75-year-old actress is baffled as to why her Hollywood peers often pay to undergo the cosmetic treatment, insisting she doesn't like the frozen facial expressions it creates. And she maintains it is dangerous to use Botox without fully researching its side effects.

She tells Britain's OK! Magazine, "I think Botox is poison. I don't believe in it. We haven't found out the long-term effects of what putting botulism in our faces can do...

Point/Counterpoint: Is '24' The Most Addicting Show On Television?

September 4th, 2008 9:14am EDT
Fans have been waiting almost a year for the return of 24, one of television's most addictive dramas (or is it?). On Sunday, November 23, the wait will be over as FOX presents a special two-hour prequel event.

In the meantime, do you think "24" is the most addicting show on television? Two Starpulse writers weigh in on whether the fast-paced Fox drama is truly habit forming or merely a passing enjoyment.

'24' Is Like Crack

I follow a ridiculous amount of television shows, so much in fact that my roommates and I had to get a second DVR box to accommodate all the shows we wa...

The Emmy's 60th Anniversary: Fans Get To Vote For Best Comedy And Drama Moments

August 28th, 2008 11:27am EDT
All In The Family
As a means of celebrating its 60th Anniversary (really, are we just going to have a garish celebration for any year ending in 0 or 5 now?) Emmy has decided to name the most memorable moments from both Drama and Comedy on TV.

The best thing about this countdown is that the fans get to decide. On the Emmy website are a list of 20 funny moments and 20 serious scenes just begging for your vote. You only get to choose one in each category, so you're going to need some help. You'll find it below as each category is narrowed down to the five best. Also listed are some moments that shouldn...

Joan Collins Would Retire If She Could

April 23rd, 2008 10:36am EDT
Joan Collins
Veteran actress Joan Collins would love to retire from show business but she can't afford to. The former Dynasty star insists she's not desperate enough to take any role that's offered to her, but she can't quit acting at 75.

She says, "I would (retire). Ninety nine per cent of actress would. (But) I don't have Barbra Streisand's money. I need to work." And the actress admits she lost two recent movie roles she desperately wanted - to Shirley MacLaine and Susan Sarandon.

She tells the new issue of BlackBook magazine, "The one that Shirley MacLaine had in Bewitched, I was trying ...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 5

January 5th, 2008 3:00am EST
Diane Keaton
Happy Birthday to "Alias" actor Bradley Cooper (1975), shock rocker Marilyn Manson (1969), Dynasty actress Pamela Sue Martin (1953), "The Love Boat" bartender Ted Lange (1948), screen actress Diane Keaton (1946), Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao (1941), prolific actor Robert Duvall (1931), and TV "Superman" George Reeves (1914; d. 1959).

Top 10 TV Bad Guys

December 27th, 2007 10:06am EST
Prison Break
They're sneaky and snarky. They scheme and slay. TV is full of bad guys (and girls), from those who make being bad look like fun to those who make us clutch the pillow to our chests.

It takes some excellent writing and an excellent performance to make a bad guy who is a worthy opponent but also one that the fans don't want to see defeated. It's no easy job, but these guys and girls met the task:

1.) Angelus (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - Buffy was full of bad guys and villains - vampire duo Spike and Drusilla, rogue slayer Faith, Angel's sire Darla and a new Big Bad every season li...

Starpulse Quiz: Test Your TV Knowledge

December 19th, 2007 12:36pm EST
Think you know everything there is to know about today's TV stars and their climb to fame? Then take our quiz to see how tuned in you really are:

1) Which "Grey's Anatomy" actress starred in "Knocked Up?"

Katherine Heigl

Sandra Oh

Ellen Pompeo

Sara Ramirez

Katherine Heigl

Sandra Oh

Ellen Pompeo

Sara Ramirez

We started with an easy one to give you confidence.

2) In what film did "Heroes" actress Hayden Panettiere get her start?

Finding Nemo

Fantastic Four


A Bug's Life

Finding Nemo

Fantastic Four


A Bug's Life


Celebrity Birthdays, November 18

November 18th, 2007 3:00am EST
Owen Wilson
Happy Birthday to funnyman Owen Wilson (1968), Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett (1962), Weeds actress Elizabeth Perkins (1960), Dynasty actress Linda Evans (1942), classic comedienne Imogene Coca (1908; d. 2001), and Cuban musician and Buena Vista Social Club alum Compay Segundo (1907; d. 2003).

Joan Collins Hates 'Diva' Label

September 12th, 2007 11:51am EDT
Joan Collins
Joan Collins has hit out at reports at her "diva" behavior, insisting it couldn't be further from the truth. The former Dynasty star, 74, detests the way the press paint her as a primadonna - because it simply isn't true.

She says, "I hate that. I'm an actress. I'm a working, jobbing actress. Whatever a diva is, I don't understand that label. Maybe it's the fact I've always had a certain amount of confidence in the way I walk, act and dress and talk from the time I was very young."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Actor Robert Symonds Dead At 80

August 27th, 2007 8:13am EDT
Dynasty star Robert Symonds has died of complications from prostate cancer. He was 80.

The actor, who played Dr. Jonas Edwards on the cult TV soap from 1982 to 1987, will also be remembered for movie roles in The Exorcist and Micki & Maude, in which he starred with his wife Priscilla Pointer.

But Symonds is perhaps best known to theatre fans in America after teaming up with Pointer in a series of hit plays that wowed critics in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The couple also performed English-language plays in their adopted Paris, France annually.

(This news article p...

Notable Quotables

August 19th, 2007 7:13am EDT
Emmy Rossum
"I don't want to bad-mouth any singers or what they stand for lyrically, but there is a lot of room in Top 40 radio for the anti-slut. I hope I speak for a lot of women in the way I write." Actress-turned-singer Emmy Rossum eyes her pop demographic.

"There's not an awful lot that embarrasses me. I'm the kind of actress who absolutely believes in exposing herself." Kate Winslet is a free spirit.

"The girls get to do more interesting things than walk out of the sea in a bikini." The Bourne Ultimatum star Julia Stiles compares to the Bourne spy franchise to rival James Bond.


New TV On DVD, Aug. 14

August 14th, 2007 8:00am EDT
Dynasty was set in Denver and concerned the trials and tribulations of the oil-rich Carrington clan. John Forsythe and Linda Evans were top-billed as Blake and Krystle Carrington, but all the juicy scenes went to the cunning, conniving Alexis Carrington Colby, portrayed with caution to the winds by Joan Collins. Season two is now on DVD.

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