I was just fortunate enough to have a team of talented people assisting me with that image every day.” She dumped her long-time boyfriend, millionaire entrepreneur Richard Cohen, quit Hollywood and moved to a secluded retreat in remote Washington state.
There, Evans embarked on a spiritual journey with controversial guru JZ Knight – a blonde beauty bearing an uncanny resemblance to Evans, famed for supposedly channelling the spirit of a long-dead religious teacher named Ramtha.
“Suddenly everyone, including the Queen, stopped and turned to stare at me. I felt like diving under the nearest table to hide – but it was the Queen’s table so that wasn’t really an option.” After nine hit seasons of Dynasty – nine years of padded shoulders, countless on-screen cat-fights with Collins and wildly improbably plot twists – Evans admits: “I longed to be a regular person again.
I wanted to take out the trash, go to the supermarket and walk along the beach without being recognised.” She had wearied of the paparazzi and the stalkers, the constant scrutiny and her glamorous but empty Hollywood existence.
Despite their 16-year age gap and warnings from all Derek’s friends that he had never stopped loving Andress, they married on a whim in Mexico.
Yet it was not long before Andress turned up at her doorstep – and Evans was ready for war. And she’s so beautiful, I really pray she’s not here to get him back.” Amazingly Evans and Andress became best pals – a surprising friendship that was to be repeated when Derek dumped Evans for a younger lookalike: actress Mary Collins, now better known as “10” star Bo Derek.
“If I had stayed with John I would never have had the opportunity to do Dynasty.” Despite appearances and endless insider gossip to the contrary, Evans insists she and Joan Collins were friends throughout Dynasty’s reign.
“I wasn’t one of the most beautiful women in the world, like Harper’s Bazaar said year after year.And then I realized that of course she wanted to be in his life, as I wanted to be in his life when we weren’t together. When you were married to him he made you everything. The fact that John fell in love with her, it’s not as if she had a design for him. But when I took my mind off the men in my life and put it on me, my career took off and I realized, ‘Why do I want him? Evans: I had a feeling when I read the script that it could be like that. We shot it for the whole day slugging it out on our knees. I wouldn’t give up being wiser for a young face and a tight body for anything. Few men say you are the moon and the stars and live 24/7 as if you were. I can go and find somebody else that I can fall in love with. To me it was one of the greatest pilots I’d ever read. George Peppard was the original Blake Carrington and blessed be life that George and Aaron Spelling and the network decided to disagree and John Forsythe came in and replaced him, and then once they put in the character of Alexis, we just took off. When you get older you let go of needing so many things, your hormones are driving you, you’re free, and you’ve learned life lessons. Then I wouldn’t have to live in such pain.” Yet she not only survived but became best friends with Bo, and forgave John.“Bo did me an enormous favour by totally changing the direction of my life,” admits Evans, who had curtailed her acting career at husband John’s insistence.