Linda Evans on 'The '80s,' That Lily Pond Catfight, and the Possibility of a 'Dynasty' Reunion
April 13 was a very special anniversary for fans of primetime soaps. It was on that day, 30 years ago, that the catfight to end all TV catfights unfolded in a lily pond.Yes, Krystal (Linda Evans) vs. Alexis (Joan Collins), the two "Dynasty" divas who had battled each other before, threw down in the greatest TV catfight ever, in an episode called "The Threat." Plotting Alexis had just been disowned by her daughter Fallon, who, at the same time, had gotten closer to her stepmom, Krystal. Jealous Alexis began taunting Krystal about the baby she'd failed to adopt, and after calling Alexis a bee-yotch, Krystal lunged at her rival and sent both of them tumbling into the pond.
"The lily pond -- it's so funny, because it was so shallow," Evans tells Yahoo! TV. "They had us fight on our knees, so that it looked more dangerous. We had knee pads on, and we just navigated the whole thing. Of course, I love to do stunts, because Barbara Stanwyck and I did them [on 'The Big Valley'], and it was a bonding thing for us. But Joan absolutely hates those kinds of things -- fighting, physical fighting. She's more of a verbal, love to tell you how things are person, and I'm more of a physical person. It worked a little better for me than it did for Joan."
Watch the catfight:
The catfights -- which, as the show went on, would involve other characters -- became such a hallmark of the series that bars would hold catfight nights, playing a compilation of the throwdowns on a loop, Evans says.
The lily pond fight, which the star says took a whole day to film, remains one of the most famous TV moments of the '80s, with Krystal and Alexis rolling around, slapping, and punching each other in a gorgeous little lily pond, while both, of course, were fully attired in trademark "Dynasty" dresses, hair, makeup, and heels.
Evans, one of the famous faces who recalls her favorite moments of the 1980s in National Geographic Channel's "The '80s: The Decade That Made Us" miniseries, definitely counts wearing those "Dynasty" fashions among her favorite memories of the time.
"I would walk [around] Beverly Hills in the few moments that we would have off, and anything that I saw that I liked -- Valentino, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren -- I would go, 'Can you send that to the studio, and that to the studio, [and] that to the studio?'" Evans says. "And the next day, I would walk in, and there they'd all be on a rack. Or Nolan Miller would come in and say, 'If you don't like any of those for the scene, what would you like? Tell me what kind of look you want. I'll sketch something for you.' Then he'd bring me fabric and furs and things. It was extraordinary.
"I remember as a kid having paper dolls that I loved. I would draw clothes for them and color them and cut them out and put them on. I thought, 'This is the best thing in the world.'"
Bloomingdale's sold a line of "Dynasty" fashions that included $10,000 fur coats and $1,000 dresses, modeled after the looks Krystal and Alexis wore on the ABC nighttime soap each week, and Evans also had a hand in creating a perfume -- Forever Krystal -- inspired by her character.
Watch a commercial for the Forever Krystal perfume: