Dame Joan Collins has revealed that she wanted to be a boy when she started going through puberty at the age of 14. The star first made a splash in Hollywood in glamorous roles in the 1950s in films like Land of the Pharaohs, The Opposite Sex and Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!.
However, she has now shared that she ‘hated’ all the changes she saw in her body as a young teenager and so opted to ‘rebel’ and wear boys’ clothes instead. ‘I remember going through puberty at 14 and hating the way my body was changing,’ the 89-year-old said. ‘I hated everything that was happening.
So I rebelled and wore boys clothes. I wore corduroys and scraped my hair back. I even went to football matches with my father. ’Asked when she changed her mind about wanting to be a boy, she told Saga Magazine: ‘I think when I went on holiday to France when I was around 15,’ laughingly adding: ‘When they discovered me!’Having reportedly turned down overtures from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Richard Burton and Dean Martin, the actress has been married five times.
Her first marriage to actor Maxwell Reed began when she was just 19 and lasted four years. Following a broken engagement to Warren Beaty, she married Anthony Newley in 1963, with whom she had daughter Tara and son Sacha.