In the wake of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, longtime Hollywood actress Joan Collins, 84, opened up about her personal experiences of sexual harassment and exposed details of casting couch secrets on British daytime talk show This Morning last week.
As a young woman in Hollywood, Collins recalled that she was warned by Marilyn Monroe to watch out for the “wolves in Hollywood” who would drop her contract if she didn’t “do what they want.”
“Marilyn had been so abused by men, and had done so many things to get roles that she hadn’t wanted to do,” said Collins, noting that the men controlling careers in this way were old and disgusting.
Collins found this to be the truth when she lost the role of Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor because she resisted producers’ sexual advancements. Speaking to show hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, Collins described the sexual harassment she experienced throughout her career. She talked about arriving in Tinsel Town at age 21 and being humiliated by a Hollywood boss who pulled her top down at a party.
Collins’ father was a theatrical agent who warned his 16-year-old against becoming an actress. “He warned me about ‘bad men,'” she said.
Later in the interview, Collins said that she would hate her grandchildren to follow in her career footsteps and go through the same experience.
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