On stage, accompanied by photos and video clips of her over the years, Collins ran through the story of her life, from her star-worshiping beginnings in Britain ("That cad Cary Grant never sent me an autographed picture") to her heyday in the Hollywood studio system ("They put me on a diet of slimming pills, which I later realized were speed") to her "Dynasty" reign ("Shoulder pads -- they were more flattering than an Italian waiter") to her multitude of marriages ("Elizabeth Taylor sent me a note after divorce No. 4 -- 'I'm still ahead by three!'").
Collins' engagement at New York City's Feinstein's nightclub runs through Nov. 27. Then it's back to work on her 17th book, "The World According to Joan," due out in September, 2011. (Because when you're truly fabulous, you always have more tales to tell.)
"I've only written one chapter, but there will be some juicy gossip," she said after the show. "There'll be some juicy gossip, I hope."