En español | The signature leopard-print clothes and decor hint at the sexy side of Raquel Welch. But she’s also funny, entrepreneurial and a self-proclaimed prude.
That last bit of news might come as a surprise as you chat in her home high in the hills of Los Angeles. But the camisole she’s wearing under the sheer leopard-print blouse barely camouflages the famous attribute headlined in The New York Times best-seller Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage. Today she’s focused on redecorating.
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Raquel Welch is looking good and doing good. — Photo by Art Streiber
Welch, born Sept. 5, 1940, is settling in but not settling down — personally or professionally. Unlike most celebrities, she wrote every sentence of her book, a combination of memoir, observations and beauty advice. “It was girl talk for me,” she says. “I felt like people had me on a pedestal, and they didn’t know there was this other person. They saw the poster but they didn’t really know the story behind it.”
She’s referring, of course, to the poster from her 1966 movie, One Million Years B.C., the one with a voluptuous, long-legged Welch swaddled in a doeskin bikini that struggles to keep her decent.
“I was a bigger-than-life persona before I was anyone in my own mind,” she says. Just 26 at the time, the single mother of two toddlers was separated from their father, her high school sweetheart Jim Welch. “I regret that I didn’t give that marriage more of a chance,” she says.
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