Joan Collins has revealed her secret scheme to avoid taxes: dress smuggling. The “Dynasty” star was once caught with oodles of undeclared couture Valentino dresses on her way into the US after shooting a movie in France.
Collins’ name went down in the books for the crime, though she still claims it was a simple misunderstanding.
"The first thing that happens is that the customs man opened (my suitcase) and finds all these beautiful Valentino dresses. He said, 'What is this?' I said, 'It's a mistake' and I went bright red - I felt so guilty. He started taking everything out, he started taking out my underwear, my stockings.”
"I'd been in Paris making a movie, and I'd been there for three months. I came back with my 11-year-old daughter, my nanny, an assistant, and lots and lots and lots of suitcases. Valentino had made me some dresses. I said to the concierge at the hotel, 'Don't send them to America, send them to my house in the South of France.' He didn't.”
J-Connection: London native Joan Collins is half-Jewish: her South African-born father was a full-fledged Jew.