Her name is synonymous with style and glamour, qualities that enduring acting legend and author Joan Collins believes are sadly lacking in today’s stars. Opening the doors of her sumptuous Belgravia home for the first time ever in this weeks’ HELLO! - issue 1145 - the 77-year-old has something to say.
She tells the magazine that, with the notable exception of one famous modern day actress, there are no real beauties in Hollywood these days.
"I have to say, there aren’t that many good looking actresses around today. I mean, there’s Angelina Jolie and there’s… Angelina Jolie," says the famously outspoken stage and screen icon, who is married to theatre director Percy Gibson, 44. "Jennifer Aniston is cute, but I wouldn’t call her beautiful. I think that is why Cheryl Cole is so popular, because she is just so pretty and the public are starved of gorgeous people.
"When I was young, everybody on screen was gorgeous." The size 10-12 star, who reveals a hidden passion for collecting 18th century drawings of camels, says her secret for staying in shape is ‘portion control’. "People eat far too much these days and I’m very aware of the penalties of putting on weight," she says.
"If you eat junk, you look like junk. People say, ‘It’s not my fault, it’s my glands’. It’s not, it’s greed!"SEE THE FULL EXCLUSIVE STORY IN HELLO! MAGAZINE, OUT NOW