The American television series Dynasty ran from 1981 to 1989 on ABC. The main focus of the show was the power struggle between the two oil companies "Denver Carrington" and "Colbyco" and on the other hand the intrigue and problems of the characters. "Alexis Colby" wants to win back her ex-husband "Blake Carrington" by all means, but he already has a new wife, the young "Krystle Jennings". The series enjoyed great popularity and received several awards, including four Golden Globes. Towards the end of the eighties, the ratings declined significantly which is why the series was cancelled after the ninth season.
Joan Collins as "Alexis", John Forsythe as "Blake" and Linda Evans "Krystle" were the three protagonists. Joan Collins and John Forsythe were allegedly paid up to $100,000 Dollars per episode during the final seasons. Dynasty put them on the map and helped the three actors become international stars.
Joan Collins plays the unpredictable and devious "Alexis Colby", who tries to win back her ex-husband "Blake". After her attempts fail, she devotes all her energy to getting back at him. She marries "Cecil Colby" on his death bed to gain control of his family's oil company "Colbyco" and tries to ruin "Blake" and his rival company in the process.
Joan Collins is now 85 years old and one of the biggest divas in Hollywood. She appeared in over 50 films and series and was regarded as THE female TV star of the eighties. After the series ended, she earned her money mainly with her novels, biographies and as a beauty consultant...She sporadically appears on TV, even today.
"Blake Carrington" is the Managing Director of the oil company "Denver-Carrington". He marries the young "Krystle" at the beginning of season one - before her, he was married to "Alexis". His character goes through some great changes over the course of the show. Initially, he is a ruthless businessman who, over time, becomes a benevolent patriarch.
Fun fact: "Blake Carrington" is the only character who appears in every single episode of Dynasty.
His career as an actor began in 1943. Since then, he's starred in countless films and series. The character of "Blake" for all nine seasons Dynasty, remains the one he is always remembered for. What many don't know is John Forsythe played the role of "Charlie Townsend" in the Charlie's Angels movies. However, he'd only lent his voice to this character and was never seen.
The actor died on April 1, 2010, at the age of 92.
She plays the role of the "Krystle Carrington", who is not being welcomed with open arms into the "Carrington" household at the beginning of the first season. In the final season, "Krystle" undergoes a complicated surgery and then falls into a coma.
Linda Evans (76) exited Dynasty during the last season because she had some difficulties coping with the fame and fortune that came with the show's success. She later owned a chain of health clubs, but in 2006, she stepped back into the spotlight. Together with her long-time co star Joan Collins, she starred in the stage production Legends, which they performed all over the U.S.. Evans posed for 'Playboy' magazine twice - once in 1971 and again 11 years later in 1982, when she was almost forty!
Linda Evans ("Krystle) and Joan Collins ("Alexis") are rivals. The reason: before "Blake" married "Krystle," he was married to "Alexis".
John James plays the role of "Jeffrey Colby", who marries "Fallon", the daughter of his family's nemesis, "Blake Carrington", in season one. During the third season, they get divorced but after some time apart, they want to re-marry. It does not come to that, because "Fallon" disappears off the face of the earth for a year. They eventually get married again in season six and for a second time, get divorced in season eight.
After the end of Dynasty, John James kept working as an actor. Among others, he appeared on All My Children and As The World Turns. He has been married to his wife Denise Ellen Coward since 1989, they have two children.
Michael Nader plays the role of "Farnsworth Dexter". He is the third husband of "Alexis", but secretely has an affair with their daughter "Amanda". This leads to major problems between mother and daughter, and finally to the divorce of "Dex" and "Alexis".
Michael Nader is still working as an actor. He most recently appeared on the soap opera All My Children.
She plays the beautiful but greedy and sometimes even frightening "Sammy Jo Carrington Fallmont", "Krystle's" niece. She marries "Steven Carrington", who is actually gay, and has a son with him. During season seven, she marries "Clay Fallmont".
The role on Dynasty was a big breakthrough for Heather Locklear (57). After the end of the soap opera, she landed a starring role in the nineties hit series Melrose Place. The role of the scheming "Amanda Woodward" brought her worldwide fame and four Golden Globe nominations. Locklear starred in countless TV films and series, and still is a popular actress. She was last seen in a episode of Fresh Off the Boat in 2017.
She plays the role of "Fallon Carrington Colby," the daughter of "Blake Carrington". At the beginning, "Fallon" has numerous affairs. Later she marries "Jeff Colby", with whom she has their son "Blake Carrington Colby".
After the cancellation of the cult soap opera due to declining ratings, not much was heard of Pamela Sue Martin (66). The actress was only seen occasionally on TV.
On Dynasty, Catherine Oxenberg played the role of "Amanda Carrington", but only for two years.
After the end of Dynasty, Catherine Oxenberg appeared on a number of shows and movies like Starship Troopers: Marauder. She was married to Casper van Dien from 1999 to 2015 and has three children with him as well as two step children.