Raquel Welch

The bombshell actress talks with Rebecca Dana about her revealing new memoir, Beyond the Cleavage, why American women have lost their feminine side, and other issues she’d like to get off her chest.



Pin-Up Girl

Raquel Welch as the most famous cavewoman since Wilma Flintstone in 1966's One Million Years B.C.

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Baring It All

Welch broke barriers in 1969's 100 Rifles, which was one of the first films to feature an interracial sex scene (with costar Jim Brown).

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Playing Against Type

In 1970's Myra Breckinridge, Welch played a transgendered aspiring actress trying to make it in Hollywood, opposite Farrah Fawcett.

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Bikini Babe

In the role of bikini-clad spy Fathom Harvill, Welch became what Fathom's poster called "The world's most uncovered undercover agent!"

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Be Mine

On Valentine's Day, 1967, Welch married her manager Patrick Curtis in Paris.

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Blue Eyes

Frank Sinatra and Welch on-set during filming of Lady in Cement in 1968. The film bombed at the box office, but later served as inspiration for the Austin Powers movies.

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Captain Nirvana

Welch joined Robin Williams for a 1979 episode of his wacky sitcom Mork & Mindy. She played a character named Captain Nirvana.

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Meeting the Queen

Ursula Andress, Woody Allen, and Welch met Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Film Performance of Born Free at London's Odeon Theater in 1966.

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Supporting the Troops

Welch and Bob Hope team up for a 1967 USO show entertaining troops in Vietnam.

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Walk of Fame

Welch is joined by her son, Damon James Welch, as they celebrate the dedication of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996.