Dame Joan Collins has recollected the time her husband suggested that she sleep with a sheikh for £10,000, saying that he could ‘watch’.
In a new documentary called This Is Joan Collins airing on BBC Two, the Dynasty star opened up about her career, spanning all the way back to her teenage years.
When she was 17 years old, she met Maxwell Reed, who was 33 years old and picked her up in his car after asking her out.
Speaking in the film, Dame Joan, 88, explained what happened on their first date, stating: ‘In those days, my mother would have said I was taken advantage of. Now, we call it date rape.’
The starlet married Reed in 1952, with the pair divorcing four years later.
However, before their separation, Dame Joan recollected how her husband allegedly tried to encourage her to have sex with an elderly man for money.
‘We were in Les Ambassadeurs, a terribly chic nightclub in Mayfair. Max had a habit of gravitating towards rich, elderly men, and I was starting to get a vague idea of what this was all about,’ she said in the documentary, singling out a sheikh who Reed introduced her to.
She recalled her first husband telling her: ‘“He’ll pay you £10,000 for one night, and I can even watch.”’
‘I beg your pardon? Are you seriously suggesting that I go to bed with that disgusting old man for money?’ she continued, with her partner reportedly replying: ‘“One night baby, that’s all.”’
The dame said that she looked at her ‘handsome, loathsome husband and began to cry’.
Telling him: ‘Never in a million years,’ she returned home to her mother.
In an archive clip from a previous interview, the actress explained that she doesn’t believe her first marriage ‘should count’.
‘My first marriage I really don’t think I should count because I was only 17 and had I been more worldly wise, I would not have married. I look at myself as I was and I think, “That is not me,”’ she said.
She also spoke in an old interview about how ‘innocent’ she had been ‘about me nadn sex and the way things should be’, saying that if she had been more aware, she wouldn’t have married Reed.
‘But I had a strong sense of guilt so I did it,’ she said.
‘I didn’t know about sex and nobody knew about sex because it wasn’t as freely available. You didn’t see on page three of your popular newspapers. I’d never even seen a girl without her clothes let alone a man.’
This Is Joan Collins airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.
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