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Dame Joan Collins, 88, misses the ‘beautiful people, clothes and greed’ of the 1980s


Dame Joan Collins has admitted she misses the eighties when there was ‘beautiful people, beautiful clothes’ and plenty of ‘greed’.

The actress, 88, who is known for sporting an array of shoulder pads as Alexis Colby in US soap Dynasty from 1981 to 1989, enjoyed the decade of excess which saw 1987 film Wall Street’s ruthless and wealthy investor Gordon Gekko-types become part of the financial culture, with Dame Joan saying she was a fan of the character.

On Dynasty, she said according to the Mirror: ‘It was the right show for the right time. It had beautiful people, beautiful clothes, beautiful sets, real flowers, real caviar, real anger behind the scenes from some of us.

Looking back: Dame Joan Collins, 88, has admitted she misses the eighties when there was ‘beautiful people, beautiful clothes’ and plenty of ‘greed’

‘The 1980s was the “me” decade. The markets were trading bonds with the bravado of Gordon Gekko. And the stock market soared, obviously, and people were making a lot of money and investing it and living the good life.

‘I don’t care what people say about it. I don’t care if they say it was all greed and Gordon Gekko. I loved Gordon Gekko and I miss it.’

Dame Joan went to Hollywood in 1953 to pursue an acting career and met the late 20th Century Fox executive Darryl F Zanuck who is now known to have abused his position.

Screen siren: The actress, who is known for sporting an array of shoulder pads as Alexis Colby in US soap Dynasty from 1981 to 1989, enjoyed the decade of excess

Screen siren: The actress, who is known for sporting an array of shoulder pads as Alexis Colby in US soap Dynasty from 1981 to 1989, enjoyed the decade of excess

On Dynasty, she said according to the Mirror : 'It was the right show for the right time. It had beautiful people, beautiful clothes, beautiful sets, real flowers, real caviar' (pictured 1981)

On Dynasty, she said according to the Mirror : ‘It was the right show for the right time. It had beautiful people, beautiful clothes, beautiful sets, real flowers, real caviar’ (pictured 1981)

She explained in BBC documentary This Is Joan Collins how Darryl chased her down a corridor and pinned her against a wall, saying: ‘You need a real man honey, a real man.’

The star described herself as a ‘survivor’ as she was able to escape when a make-up artist walked down the hall.

She said: ‘I survived being a young female in a business when practically all the men were predators.’

Meanwhile, Dame Joan has insisted she would not ‘judge’ Chris Noth after allegations were made against the Sex and the City actor of sexual abuse.

Earlier this month, four women accused the 67-year-old of sexual assault, something he denies, adding in a statement that any allegations were ‘categorically false’.

Speaking out: Dame Joan went to Hollywood in 1953 to pursue an acting career and met the late 20th Century Fox executive Darryl F Zanuck who is now known to have abused his position

Speaking out: Dame Joan went to Hollywood in 1953 to pursue an acting career and met the late 20th Century Fox executive Darryl F Zanuck who is now known to have abused his position

Speaking on Christmas Day’s Woman’s Hour podcast released on BBC Radio 4, Dame Joan was asked how she would deal with the advances of men as a young woman in Hollywood.

She explained how she coped ‘by laughing a lot’ and would not hesitate to give ‘a stiff knee to the nether regions’.

On Noth, she added: ‘Who knows what he did? I know him, and I’m not going to judge him, because who knows who these women are? But his career is wrecked, absolutely wrecked, in doing what he did.

‘I think that men – certainly men in my business – have to be quite a bit more careful, because we were abused. 

‘It’s just that I happened to be a particularly tough person, so it did not fracture my life.’

Her view: Meanwhile, Dame Joan has insisted she would not 'judge' Chris Noth after allegations were made against the Sex and the City actor of sexual abuse, something he denies

Her view: Meanwhile, Dame Joan has insisted she would not ‘judge’ Chris Noth after allegations were made against the Sex and the City actor of sexual abuse, something he denies



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