Lady Joan Collins has revealed she was going through a "potential transgender moment" in her teens where she experimented with wearing her father's clothes.
The Hollywood actress, known for starring in the TV series US Dynasty, swapped her mother's "girdles, suspend belts and slips" for her father's "corduroy slacks and loose shirt" in what she called a "tomboy stage".
Writing in her column for the magazine Spectator, Dame Joan said she had changed her mind after joining the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) and discovering "the joys of boys".
She said: "Watching a popular dance show [is that OK?], I referred to a woman [can I say that?] who was performing rather badly as 'the girl in the pink dress'.
"You can not say that," the teenager squeaked indignantly, "It's sexist and incorrect." "What should I say?" I asked 'The individual in the pink dress', she replied, 'We can not assume how she identifies'. "
Lady Joan, 85, was born in London and has starred in such films as The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing and Rally Round The Flag, Boys !.
She continued: "This is one of my own potential transgender moment." At 15 I decided I did not like the idea of becoming a woman and started on a "tomboy" stage. my father 's corduroy slacks and loose shirts.
"I would like to wave my ratchet furiously." Luckily this stopped a few months later. [wait, can I say that?]. "