June 05, 2000 12:00 PM

by Joan Collins

As actress Joan Collins, 67, interviews over 20 of her most beautiful and famous friends (including Ali MacGraw, Jacqueline Bisset and Morgan Fairchild), we learn how they keep looking mah-velous after 40. Most of their so-called secrets are common knowledge—wear sunscreen, eat well, exercise—but a few unexpected tips arise that are, if not practical, awfully intriguing. Jerry Hall, 43, for instance, keeps her blonde mane’s supersheen by shampooing only once a week; Arlene Dahl, 71, applies raw egg to her face to keep it “refreshed”; Shirley MacLaine, 66, swears by seven-day fasts; and plastic surgery gives Joan Rivers, 65, a lift. Collins often veers off course to keep things saucy. “Going out with Warren Beatty right after [Jack Nicholson] must have been like jumping from the frying pan into the fire,” she says to Michelle Phillips. “You should know,” replies Phillips. “Weren’t you engaged to him?” (Deutsch, $24.95)

Bottom Line: Full disclosure on staying sexy after 40

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