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Joan Collins, in all her 1980's glory, as Alexis Carrington on "Dynasty." Photo: ABC / Getty Images

More than 20 years after "Dynasty" went off the air, Joan Collins is baring her claws again.

And this time the actress who played rich bitch Alexis Carrington is taking a swipe at Hollywood's skinny starlets, saying they all have "boys' figures with big melons stuck on them."


"I'm not a fan of that look... In Hollywood, the girls are forced by the studios to look extremely thin," 77-year-old Collins says in an interview with the London Telegraph.

"When we did 'Dynasty,' we had to keep under a certain weight, but that weight then was a lot higher than it is supposed to be now."

Collins adds that she actually pities the pipe-cleaner-thin actresses, telling the newspaper, "I feel sorry for those who have to live on a lettuce leaf and a cucumber slice."

For her part, the TV vixen says she has maintained her va-va-voom through "discipline, certainly, and portion control," though she does admit to the occasional indulgence, like a Twix bar.

As for how Collins keeps her still-youthful appearance, the British beauty claims she has had help from neither knife nor needle.

"It frightens me," the author of "Health, Youth, and Happiness: My Secrets" and "The Art of Living Well" says of cosmetic surgery.

"Botox, I think, is poison, I would never put it into my face, and I'm needle-phobic. I spend a lot of time keeping my face out of the sun and taking care of my skin and wearing makeup."

Meanwhile, Collins has no plans to retire to her rocking chair anytime soon and will next appear on the U.K. stage as Queen Rat in a pantomime production of "Dick Whittington." And she has this message for all those mature actresses who moan about the lack of roles for older women: Quit complaining!

"It's such a cliché, because every actress over the age of 40 has been saying this for the last 30 years," she says. "Of course it's true: the public want to see young people -- young people are the people who go to the cinema. It's a sad fact of life, but you've got to accept it and not whinge about it."

And if you do, she'll scratch your eyes out.

In related news, another '80s icon, Molly Ringwald, is sounding off on plastic surgery.