Joan Collins: I Once Ate 850 Calories A Day

11/15/2010 01:18 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Joan Collins may think Angelina Jolie is the only beautiful woman left in Hollywood, but she is disturbed by the industry's skinny ideal that has persisted over the years.

"But what dismays me even more is the emphasis now on women who are excessively thin, both in magazines and on TV. I think that is terrifying. I know a producer who, when there were two actresses up for the same role, and one was a little heavier about the hips, said, 'No, she's too fat' even though she was much better for the part.

It's impossible, if you're over 25 or 30, trying to get down to be extremely thin. I still remember the pain of slimming down for a film when I was in my 40s, when I had to subsist on a meagre 850 calories a day.

I could still do it; a couple of boiled eggs, a tablespoon of tuna, quite a lot of lettuce and a tomato. Anyone can do it but why should they? Life is too short and food is too good."

Joan has previously spoken out against fat people.

"If you eat junk, you look like junk," she said. "People say, 'It's not my fault, it's my glands'. It's not, it's greed!"