Joan Collins first husband: Who is Maxwell Reed?
Joan Henrietta Collins is an English actress, author, and columnist. Collins is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, a People’s Choice Award, two Soap Opera Digest Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
In 1983, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Maxwell Reed is the first husband of Joan Collins.
Who was Maxwell Reed?
Maxwell Reed was a Northern Irish actor who became a matinee idol in several British films during the 1940s and 1950s.
Collins has been married five times, first to Northern Irish actor Maxwell Reed, whom she married on 24 May 1952 after he allegedly raped her. She divorced Reed in 1956.
Reed was born in Larne. He left school aged fifteen to work on ships, including as a blockade runner.
He wanted to act and ended up studying at RADA for a year. During World War II he served in the RAF and then the Merchant Navy.