LOS ANGELES, AUG. 25 -- The gawkers, the paparazzi and the television crews were all back in court here today to record the moment when sultry television star Joan Collins was granted a divorce from her fourth husband, onetime Swedish pop singer Peter Holm.

Taking deep breaths, the 54-year-old Collins, dressed in a white suit decorated with twin butterfly pins, took the witness stand and told Superior Court Judge Kenneth Black that irreconcilable differences had led to her split with Holm, and that no further counseling could save the 13-month-old union. Black swiftly pronounced the marriage over.

All told, this latest round in the highly publicized eight-month-long divorce battle between the two took only about a minute. Afterward, the star of television's "Dynasty" stood before a bank of flashing cameras and shouting reporters to dismiss the 40-year-old Holm as a "bit of a loser" and an "ex-chapter in my life."

Vowing she will not marry for a fifth time, the actress joked, "I don't need a husband. I need a wife."

Although both Collins and her attorney, flamboyant divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson, said that they believe the divorce essentially closes the book on her marriage to Holm, there is still more to come in the tangled courtroom drama.

Holm and Collins are due back in court Oct. 7 to spar over the pop singer's request for $80,000 in spousal support and his claim to a "substantial" portion of Collins' holdings.

After a five-day hearing last month, a judge ruled that a prenuptial agreement that provided Holm with 20 percent of the actress' earnings during the period of their marriage was valid.

Collins said the more than $1 million paid to Holm under the pact completes her financial obligation. But Holm, who was out of the country, and his lawyer believe otherwise.

"The {prenuptial} agreement merely upholds he gets 20 percent," said Stephen Drucker, who represented Holm in court today. "But 20 percent of what has not been decided."

Collins had been married previously to British actor Maxwell Reed, actor, composer and director Anthony Newley and Ronald Kass, a recording company executive.

She remained calm and smiling as packs of photographers crushed into the court, pushing spectators and fighting each other to get closer to her.

"I'm very relieved, very happy," she said of the decree. "I want to get on with my life." She said she believed the divorce had taken an inordinate amount of time and "it's cost the American taxpayers a fortune." She said that Holm, who is not a resident of the United States, paid none of the taxes that financed the proceedings.

Holm, who became Collins' business manager during their marriage, contended he had increased her fortune and deserved a large chunk of it, but Mitchelson argued strenuously that Holm deserved no more than the $1 million already assigned him.

The couple battled bitterly over ownership of homes in Beverly Hills and France and at one point Holm barricaded himself in a house owned by Collins. He eventually moved out when she sold the house, but he and his friends picketed another of her homes.

Court filings in the case provided glimpses of lives cushioned with thousands of dollars spent weekly on clothing, travel and visits to the world's most trendy discos and restaurants.

But luxury items were not the only things in dispute in the divorce. The couple also spent days squabbling over who owned a dining room table, answering machines and a bed.

Then Holm made the unusual proposal that the actress pay him $80,000 a month to support a life style he had become accustomed to during their marriage. Collins was outraged.

Mitchelson said the final divorce decree makes it unlikely that Holm will get any more money.

"They are now divorced," he said. "It's over.