A glamorous presence on film and television for a half-century, Joan Collins specialized in seductive, larger-than-life women with a lust for just about everything in projects ranging from "Land of the Pharoahs" (1955) and "Island in the Sun" to "The Stud" (1978) and most famously, "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89). Her physical beauty - which was often likened to a British Elizabeth Taylor - was a drawback in her earlier career, which found her playing wayward girls and wantons. After a short stint in Hollywood, during which she dated numerous studs of the time, including Warren Beatty, she drifted into B-grade pictures for over a decade before being cast as the venomous Alexis Carrington in "Dynasty." Her overripe performance launched a thousand similar "rich bitch" characters on primetime, but Collins managed to hold the title with charm and sexiness for decades after the show's demise. An outspoken and at times brazen figure in real life, with a string of marriages and public romances to her name, she remained one of the most cheekily appealing actresses in the world.