Joan Collins has spoken out about the fact that young women in every industry – not just Hollywood – are just seen as sexual objects.
Recalling her own experiences, the 83-year-old London born Dame, who has been in showbiz for more than 60 years, has admitted there have many times during her career she has felt uncomfortable working alongside a male producer or co-star.
She said: ‘Every young actress does and I think that it’s not just the casting couch I think it goes on in offices, shops and businesses. I think young girls are too often used as meat by men and it’s a very unfortunate thing.
‘I did one of my first movies when I was 17 and the producer decided that I was his cup of tea but he couldn’t have been more wrong. Almost, every day at the end of shooting he would offer to take me home and I would make up the world of excuses.’
The Dynasty star added: ‘The team would hide me in the wardrobe department in a wardrobe to keep me away from this creep. It was horrible, to me he was ancient and like 50 and I was 17. It happens all the time but it doesn’t mean it is OK.’
While speaking on stage during her one-woman show ‘Undisputed’, Joan recoiled in horror as she reminisced about her wedding night to her husband of 15 years Percy Gibson.
Let’s say it didn’t run too smoothly as she had a mishap while hoisting her cleavage up using gaffer tape.
She said: ‘The wedding dress looked fine and we danced and had a great time. But when we got to the honeymoon suite in Claridges my matron of honour Julie was undressing me while Percy was on the bed.
‘And she saw the gaffer tape and asked what it was and just pulled it off. The way I screamed someone would have thought I was being murdered, half of my flesh came off. I got into the bed and said to Percy ‘just don’t even touch me’.
The glamorous Dame paid tribute to her younger sister Jackie, who died of breast cancer in September 2015, and said from the age of eight she was destined to be a good author.
Praising her talent, Joan said: ‘Jackie was a great writer and she started writing when she was eight, or nine or ten. She started writing these amazing stories and about a year ago we found three of Jackie’s stories that she wrote pre-teens and that I drew the illustrations for.
‘Her writing was phenomenal for someone that age and now that she’s gone her words will forever live with me for a lifetime.’
Joan is showing no signs of slowing down and has ambitions of owning ‘a private plane one day.’
We’ll fly away with Joan any day!