Joan Collins’ creepy encounter with Hollywood boss while he was ‘in the bath’
20th October 2023

Joan Collins recalls having to hide in a cupboard from a film producer

Dame Joan Collins has recalled an inappropriate encounter with a producer when she was a young actress starting out in Hollywood.

On tonight’s edition of The Graham Norton Show the 90-year-old reveals how the man in question asked her to join him in the bath when she went to meet him.

“It was really difficult. Thanks to the Me Too movement it has all come out into the open now and I think young people are having a better chance of not having to face that,” the veteran star ruminated.

“One experience I had was being asked to meet a producer who was in the bath,” she recollected.

“He definitely wasn’t playing with his rubber duck when he asked me to get in with him,” she quipped. “When I refused, I was asked to leave, and I didn’t get the part!”

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The glamorous star looked resplendent in a gold gown as she joined Picard’s Sir Patrick Stewart, Oscar winning actor Ralph Fiennes, Last Of Us star Bella Ramsey and Strictly Come Dancing’s Layton Williams on the chat show’s famous red sofa.

The Dynasty legend is currently promoting her new autobiography Behind the Shoulder Pads, in which she tells all about the highs and lows of her headline-hitting life.

The book has been serialised by and contains many other jaw dropping revelations.

She also cites the late Richard Burton, which whom she starred in the 1957 film Sea Wife, as, “one of the leading men who thought they had a divine right to sleep with their leading ladies.

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“He told me I would ‘break his record’ if I refused to sleep with him,” she reveals.

The then 24-year-old Joan refused his advances, something she admits made it awkward on set.

“He barely spoke to me for the rest of the production. He was horrible up close – all pimply and pock-marked skin. I never really saw what [Liz] Taylor saw in him,” she said.

Behind the Shoulder Pads: Tales I Tell My Friends by Joan Collins (Orion, £22) is available now. To order, visit or call 020 3176 3832. The Graham Norton Show is on BBC One tonight at 10.40pm.

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