Dame Joan Collins on Dynasty gender pay gap: 'I asked for a raise and it was totally dismissed'
On this morning’s show, Dame Joan Collins opened up to Lorraine about her efforts to fight the gender pay gap on the set of 80s soap opera Dynasty.
“Yes I did [try to tackle it]. Not that it did a lot of good,” Dame Joan said, “After I’d been on Dynasty for two or three years, and I was on the cover of every magazine and I was quite popular, and I asked for a raise and it was totally dismissed out of hand and said you can’t have a raise, the guy who plays Blake, John Forsythe, he has to get more than you, a lot more.”
Although Dame Joan was given a pay rise for the final series of the show, she still lost out to her male counterparts. “The last series they finally gave me a raise. I became a very high paying actress but they only put me in eight out of the 12 episodes so I lost money - and he still got $5,000 a week more than I did. I tried! I tried but now people like Jennifer Lawrence and other young actresses are standing up for it.”