‘Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage’
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Raquel Welch through the years

‘Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage’
Raquel Welch‘s new book, “Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage,” looks back at her career and reveals tips on how to look as terrific as she does at nearly 70. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
With Martha
Raquel stops by “The Martha Stewart Show” to promote her new book. (The Martha Stewart Show)
Sex symbol
This promotional shot from Welch’s star turn in the 1966 film “One Million Years B.C.” was turned into a poster and helped make the actress into an international sex symbol for two decades. Trivia buffs may recall this poster as the one covering over the hole in Andy Dufresne’s cell when he escapes in " The Shawshank Redemption.” (Associated Press)
Behind the scenes
Welch is shown here taking a break between shots on the set of “One Million Years B.C.” (20th Century Fox)
‘The Biggest Bundle of Them All’
The actress poses with director Ken Annakin on the set of “The Biggest Bundle of Them All.” (MGM)
Controversy
Welch’s most controversial role was in the 1970 film “Myra Breckinridge” in which she played a transsexual. She took the role in the film directed by writer Gore Vidal in order to be taken more serious as an actress, but the film flopped with critics and audiences alike. Ironically, she starred opposite future film critic Rex Reed. (20th Century Fox)
Awards
In 2001, Welch accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latino Media Image Awards. Welch also won a Golden Globe in 1974 for her performance in “The Three Musketeers.” (Lucy Nicholson / AFP)
On tour
In 1967, Welch performed for the troops in Vietnam alongside USO mainstay Bob Hope. A few years later, Hope would make a guest appearance in Welch’s TV special “Raquel!” (Associated Press)
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