Joan Collins, 90, calls ‘handsome’ fifth husband Percy Gibson, 58, her ‘best friend and accomplice’ and reveals how she is defying her age
Joan Collins has opened up about her marriage to fifth ‘handsome’ husband Percy Gibson, saying he only gets ‘better and better’ as time goes on – as she called him her ‘best friend and accomplice’.
The actress, 90, married her partner in 2002 after they met while Joan was starring in a play that Percy, 58, produced two years earlier.
Speak with The mirror, Joan said: ‘It’s fifth time lucky. ‘I’ve had that feeling for years. He is a wonderful, kind, truly good man.
“He’s my – what does he always say? – my accomplice, yes, and my best friend. Plus, he’s extremely handsome – and he just keeps getting better and better. Everyone says how lucky I am and how good he looks now!’
They hit it off immediately and when a last-minute change of plans kept Percy from being near the World Trade Center on September 11, they decided to get married.
In love: Joan Collins has discussed her marriage to fifth husband Percy Gibson and says he just gets ‘better and better’ as time goes on
Couple: The actress, 90, married her partner in 2002 after they met while Joan was starring in a play that Percy, 58, produced two years earlier
Joan told how Percy brings her a cup of coffee in bed every morning before he goes for a run and also leaves her notes under the kettle.
The former Dynasty star, who calls Percy ‘the best lover I ever had’ in her new book Behind The Shoulder Pads, told how their relationship was initially platonic.
She said: ‘Percy and I became really good friends at first. So we had this connection. We really knew each other. And separate bathrooms are essential! Although we are very lucky. I know this isn’t something everyone can have.”
The couple also have separate office spaces, with Percy managing their three properties in London, St. Tropez and Los Angeles.
Joan, who celebrated her milestone 90th birthday in May, also said in the interview that the secret to successful aging is never talking about her age.
She joked, “Oh! We don’t mention that. I’m 60… plus how many years! There’s way too much fuss about getting older.’
She went on to say that now that she’s in her 90s, still stretches every morning and has a trainer on Zoom three times a week, there’s no need for her to stop doing everything she loves.
Percy is directing her upcoming UK tour which she says she is looking forward to as the pair rarely argue or have disagreements.
Joan said: ‘It’s the fifth time I’ve been lucky. ‘I’ve had that feeling for years. He’s a wonderful, kind, really good man.”
Relationship: The former Dynasty star, who called Percy ‘the best lover I ever had’ in her new book Behind The Shoulder Pads, told how their relationship was initially platonic
It comes after Joan opened up about her experiences with predators in the film industry and advice from Marilyn Monroe during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday.
She talked about how young actresses constantly faced predatory behavior from actors and producers, so much so that it became the norm.
Joan revealed that she received advice from famed actress Marilyn in 1955, after Joan was cast as Evelyn Nesbitt in The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing.
She recalled, “I was at Gene Kelly’s house, which was full of intellectual people, talking about things that were way over my head when I was only 21.
Marilyn sat at the bar, without makeup, drinking a martini. She said, “I hear you’re playing the part I should have played, but I was too old.”
Joan continued, “She then said, ‘Beware of the wolves of Hollywood.’ I said, ‘Oh, I’ll deal with the wolves, we had them in the English film industry.’
“Marilyn said, ‘Not much of a Hollywood sweetheart. If they don’t like you, they cancel your contract, that’s happened to a lot of young girls.’
Icon: Joan, who celebrated her 90th birthday in May, said the secret to successful aging is never talking about her age
Time together: Percy is directing her upcoming UK tour, which she says she is looking forward to as the pair rarely argue or have disagreements
“I said I’d just avoid them. I was good at avoiding them because my father was a cop and he said to me, “One of the best things you can do to avoid a predatory man is to laugh at him!”
Hosts Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley noted that there are still examples of this behavior in today’s film industry.
Joan replied, “Not to the same extent. Not in the industry, it was just taken as an act of divine right to sleep with his leading lady.
‘George Peppard, Richard Burton, Richard Todd. They just took it with them, because that’s meat to me. And if it wasn’t them, it was the producers. So I don’t think it’s that bad.’