Organisers in a lather over soap queen's visit

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 March, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 March, 1993, 12:00am

EVEN the Dynasty scriptwriters (difficult to believe I know, but the programme did actually employ some) would have been hard pressed to come up with the sort of scenario that is unfolding for the upcoming visit of actress Joan Collins to Hongkong.

And thick in the plot is Richard Finny who must be feeling like one of the screen Carringtons of Denver who kept getting the runaround from Alexis (aka Collins) in the TV series.

When Joan's visit to our shores was announced, Finny - the Sheraton's PR - expressed an interest in booking the soap diva to speak at the Sheraton Luncheon Club.

But having made what he thought was a booking, Finny has since had to deal with four different parties - including the latest entry into the ring, the Taipei office of Global Entertainment - all purporting to be handling the Collins visit.

The only definite engagement planned for the fiftysomething star of stage, screen and airports is a lunch being held for a children's charity.

But St Joan, a tireless champion of the poor and downtrodden, has expressed a desire to do a lot more for charitable causes while she is in the undisputed capital of conspicuous consumption in Asia.

Remarked Finny: ''We are quite keen to have Joan speak at our lunch, and we are prepared to pay the fee requested. But on three occasions just when we thought we had some sort of deal, we've found ourselves having to start negotiating with yet another person entering the scene. At the moment it is all very puzzling.'' Adding to Finny's frustration was a summons to a waterfront hotel across the road from his, whose pushy PR manager informed him that Collins would be staying there and, furthermore, would not be doing any publicity.

Well, we've got news for the pushy PR. Joan Collins is arriving on May 20 and checking into the Grand Hyatt. And she will be doing publicity.