“Living is learning, and as I look back at the many layers of experience I collected, I feel ready to share some of the lessons I learned along the way. Living also means aging. The good thing about aging is that you have a past, a history. If you like your past and stand by it, then you know you have lived fully and learned from your life. […] Life is not always a smooth ride. Landscapes change, people come in and out, obstacles appear and disrupt the planned itinerary, but one thing you know for sure is that you will always have yourself.”–DVF, ‘The Woman I Wanted to Be’
So I am the proud procurer of a “temporary moving permit” taped in the windshield of my “new” truck since I have yet to have the title in hand, a month after the sale. I’m done ranting about it, but it’s certainly made it difficult to get a vehicle loan without the title. In fact, I couldn’t get one. That’s what credit cards are for, right? And balance transfers…zero percent interest for a year? Count me in. Hindsight is 20-20, but I have a running truck. #endsemirant
Enough of that, though. I saw Joan Collins a week ago here in Las Vegas and while I was extremely sick (and nearly missed the show because I didn’t feel up to going), I made it. And she put on quite a one-woman, tell-all, no-holds-barred, Hollywood gossip, muy escalando extravaganza. Her younger husband Percy produces the show, and I was actually standing behind him at the small box office of the venue when I was picking up my tickets. Celebrities of any caliber make me nervous, so I didn’t have the guts to say hello, even though he was incredibly nice to the ticket ladies and even nodded a quick hello to me. He was picking up comp tix for some of their (I assume fancy schmancy) British friends, and I could’ve even spoken to him again in the casino outside the showroom. I just hate to impose, and I get so flustered and say things I shouldn’t. Plus, I was sick…yes, that’s my go-to excuse.
I have to admit the juxtaposition between the “real” JC I thought I knew and the “stage/TV/overly camp persona” JC left me bewildered after the show. I left hearing a lot of stories I’d already read in her memoirs, many of which seemed exaggerated (pot calling the kettle black much?). Of course, all the stories she told flattered her, and she was never made out to be the villain…but isn’t that the case with all of us when we tell “our side” of the story? We all wear masks and show people what we think they want to see, when they want to see them. I dunno, I had a much more difficult time than I thought I would differentiating between her and Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan on ‘Dynasty’. Though I admittedly then remembered a few of her fellow cast members said in interviews that over the course of the show, Joan *became* Alexis. So maybe it all makes sense now.
Without further ado, I learned last night that JC is rumoured to be *up for being made a Dame* by Queenie on New Year’s. This is all still hearsay, most especially since it’s just the British tabloids reporting it at this point. But Joan would be very deserving and is already a titled OBE. It doesn’t hurt that she falls in favour with and supports the British political party which Queenie gravitates towards, so I guess we’ll just wait and see. All I can say is if Liz Taylor was made a Dame years ago, and Angelina Jolie was made an “honourary Dame” earlier this year, it’s high time JC got a proper title. Even if I still don’t have one (for my 10 year-old truck).