Diva Collins does daytime

Thesp guided to 'Light' in first ayem stint

The bitch is back — and she’s coming to daytime.

Former “Dynasty” diva Joan Collins is joining the cast of the CBS sudser “Guiding Light,” signing on for a six-month stint on the show. The primetime prima donna will play Alexandra Spaulding, a character one daytime industry insider dubbed “your typical rich bitch.”

Collins is expected to make her first “GL” appearance as early as September, though the exact timetable for her daytime bow is still being worked out. “GL,” which just marked its 50th anniversary on television, is shot in Gotham.

While the Brit-born Collins has a slew of film credits to her name, as well as a couple of non-“Dynasty” TV roles, thesp has never been on a daytime drama. Her move to daytime is hardly unprecedented, however: In 1981, Elizabeth Taylor did a stint on “General Hospital.”

ABC also recently announced that Vanessa Marcil, who left “General Hospital” in 1998 to join “Beverly Hills, 90210,” would return to “GH” later this summer.

Collins’ Spaulding character of actually has a rich history on “GL,” having first appeared in the mid-1980s. Daytime vet Beverlee McKinsey played Spaulding until she left “GL” in 1992; she was replaced by Marj Dusay, who now appears on ABC’s “All My Children.”

Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin is the exec in charge of production of “GL.” Paul Rauch is exec producer.

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