Well anyway I'm half way through the book and just in the middle of her DYNASTY period. It's the most detailed of any account of the show I have read. And it's not even that detailed. She goes on about how she indeed originally auditioned for the role of Sable in The Colbys. She was flat broke at the time and really needed the work and spent her last £300 on a Valentino suit to wear to the audition. She got asked to do a test on film but of course she never got the role and went on to another job in the theatre. She agreed to the the theatre role and was in rehearsals when her agent called a few weeks later and said that her screen test had went down a storm in LA and that they wanted her for DYNASTY to play Joan Collins' sister. She said that she couldn't walk away from the play she was in and that she just couldn't do it. They begged her, she said no! The called again and again. They offered to buy her out of the play, she refused. Then they asked when she finished the play she told them October, and they said they would wait for her and that everything would be arranged and she would fly out as soon as the play finished. Basically they hounded her! Which is so bizzare as when they got her at much fuss and expense they did nothing with her!
She was put up in a hotel with her agent and was taken to the WB studios. Where she met Elaine Rich and then the Pollocks. Who she says confessed they made it all up as they went along. It appears that scripts and the writing of the show were not at the top of the agenda. She was ferried off to the make up department and had that tested and her hair, then they sent her to wardrobe. She says she was thrust into numerous ghastly frocks!
her words. Then they put in a gorgeous dress and Nolan Miller came and tweeked and pinned it and was ooohing and ahhhhing and what not. And then it had to be approved by Elaine Rich who had a meltdown because it was too Joan! Nobody could have Joans look. There was a tremendous fuss about this. So that dress was scrapped and nothing was suitable so Kate was sent shopping in Beverly Hills with a wardrobe assistant the next day to all the best stores. Theres a lot of talk about wardrobe and hair. Elaine Rich had to approve all the outfits? She is described as show runner! Who is this woman? Why the power?
Kate talks about her first day filming at the studios, she says that the dressing rooms were not all like the kind she found at the BBC at Elstree or at Pinewood in the uk, where you would mostly have a suite, with a bedroom, a shower, bathroom and sitting area all quite nice. In Hollywood it was not so grand, no private bathroom, and the studios did not have facilities to wash ones hair! Tiny dressing rooms. Kate was given Diahann Carroll's dressing room. Awards all over the place, fan letters and framed letters from the Kennedy's on the walls. (I think we know why miss Carroll wanted Kate off the show)
That day she met Linda Evans who she described as beautiful and Kate says that she welcomed her to they show and wanted to know if she was ok. She says pretty much the same of John Forsythe, most of her scenes were with him and she describes those scenes as lovely to do. I imagine he was very professional and she liked that. She says she liked him alot.
Then she was asked would she like to meet her sister she was very excited and said yes, so the assistant ran down the hallway, past Linda Evans dressing room and into Joan's. Kate said she heard a squeal of excitement and then the clap of Joans heels running up the corridor and busting into her dressing room. She says Joan was dressed completly in cream and gold, this is at like 5am. Joan had no make up on and her hair scrapped back in an elastic band. Kate describes her very beautiful! Joan was lovely too her and excited about finding out about Alexis' dirty past which Kate's character Caress would reveal. Joan suggested that Caress should have an affair with Dex Dexter Alexis' husband. That would stir up the show! (Actually thats a pretty good suggestion. Much better than what happened)
Kate has nothing bad to say of Joan. She says she was very professional and a great actress to work with. Theres mention that sometimes Joan would not do what was scripted and that she would improvise sometimes if she thought that the script wasn't good. They did this apparently in the first take of their first scene together. Which was scrapped and redone the scripted way. Theres no mention of Joan being a bitch or a nasty on set. Only one day that she was late and kept people waiting. Kate heard her crying and going on about how her life was not her own and nobody knew what it was like for at the time. Kate said she imagined that Joan's live was tough or something to that effect. I am not direct quoting here. I read this all last night.