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The whole sex-symbol thing is part of what I do as an actress. It's a kind of character I play. It's part of me, but not the whole me.

The whole sex-symbol thing is part of what I do as an actress. It's a kind of character I play. It's part of me, but not the whole me.

I'd taken the bull by the horns by liberating myself and creating a career. It took guts - it was scary and chancy - but they discounted me as empty-headed: some little piece of fluff without any brain that happened to come along. ---->>>

You can't fake listening. It shows. ---->>>

I couldn't stand that my husband was being unfaithful. I am Raquel Welch - understand? ---->>>

I think it'd be wonderful if we could train young girls to be active in lots of ways and that they then wouldn't have to age at the same rate that they would if they were not more active. In other words, more physical fitness and not just the sporty kind, but the yoga, which is really important. ---->>>

Once you get rid of the idea that you must please other people before you please yourself, and you begin to follow your own instincts - only then can you be successful. You become more satisfied, and when you are, other people will tend to be satisfied by what you do. ---->>>

Being a sex symbol was rather like being a convict.

Being a sex symbol was rather like being a convict.

The mind can also be an erogenous zone.

The mind can also be an erogenous zone.

We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise. ---->>>

I'm not imperceptible to masculine charm, but, well, you know, I can flirt. ---->>>

Latinos are here to stay. As citizen Raquel, I'm proud to be Latina. ---->>>

There's a duality in every man and every woman.

There's a duality in every man and every woman.

Turning 60 was not a happy time. I didn't think 'I'm falling apart,' but I did re-examine my priorities. ---->>>

I was not a classic mother. But my kids were never palmed off to boarding school. So, I didn't bake cookies. You can buy cookies, but you can't buy love. ---->>>

Without women to nurture in this world, how do - how do men get by? How do children get by? How does society get by at all? ---->>>

I find clothes so constricting! ---->>>

I have a very, very good life. I'm grateful for all of my friends, my family and the life that I have, and the possibilities in my future. ---->>>

My father was Bolivian, which makes me half-Bolivian. It's where I got some of my exotic features and certainly my skin tone. ---->>>

When I first came along in the business, they didn't really like the idea of my name being Raquel. ---->>>

I knew my mother was - well, her ancestry dated back to John Quincy Adams, so she was totally not Latina. She was definitely whatever you call it - white bread, shall we say? ---->>>

I take a multivitamin, I take extra C, I take chondroitin and glucosamine for my joints, I take calcium for my bones. And by the way, weight-bearing exercises can help ward off osteoporosis and yoga helps ward off arthritis. ---->>>

It seemed like a wonderful honor to have the Film Society of Lincoln Center screen 'The Films of Raquel Welch.' It shows a lot of a variety in what they've chosen; it kind of runs the gamut of my film career. ---->>>

'My self-esteem,' 'my self-this,' 'my self-that.' Believe me, I've been there - I'm an actress. At one point, you just get nauseous with it and think, 'I have to take my mind off myself!' ---->>>

I inherited good skin from my mother, and I stay away from soap, which dries it out. ---->>>

I was a bigger-than-life persona before I was anyone in my own mind. ---->>>

I was asked to come to Chicago because Chicago is one of our fifty-two states. ---->>>

I'm far more ready to go with the flow now because I am more accepting of myself. ---->>>

I'm the antidote to Lindsay Lohan. I know she misbehaves terribly, but sometimes it just seems like it's open season on her. ---->>>

I've always been a health fanatic. ---->>>

In school, nobody could pronounce my name. They just called me Rocky. ---->>>

Myra Breckenridge is the antithesis of sex symbol. She's revolutionary; she's a warrior. ---->>>

Not everybody is comfortable with my ethnicity. When I first came along in the business, they didn't really like the idea of my name being Raquel. ---->>>

People do stop me and talk to me about something they saw that they loved. It is very satisfying, but I have my own opinions. ---->>>

A lot of times, I would play a lot of roles a man would play. In 'One Million Years B.C.' - yes, the costume was revealing. But I was outdoors all the time. I was fighting to survive; there was a girl fight. I was participating; it was physical, and I was independent. I wasn't that pushover kind of a girl. And I think that left an impression. ---->>>

I am 5 ft 6 in, and at my peak, my vital statistics were 37-22-35. I didn't even think about my weight - but now I work hard at keeping healthy. Fortunately, my husband Richie is as much of a fitness buff as I am. ---->>>

I don't feel like, unless I have a boyfriend or somebody to march down the aisle with for the fifth time, that I'm 'Oh, poor me.' I'm not going to go running out desperately looking, making myself crazy and thinking that, without that, I'm nothing. ---->>>

I felt like, you know, my presence in the world of cinema had a different meaning than Meryl Streep... There was an impact that was made, but it wasn't the usual. ---->>>

I found out a long time ago that if I indulged by stuffing my face with great food, lying about reading books and watching TV or talking on the phone, I was not a happy camper. ---->>>

I was lucky that one of my first movies, 'One Million Years B.C.' was made in Europe by a British company. The Brits, and a lot of the rest of Europe, seemed to really love exotic women. The fact that I was American and exotic just made me more appealing to them. ---->>>

I'm a hard worker, very driven, and have never expected anything to come easily. My yoga, a great rejuvenator, helped me to live down my image - this sex symbol thing. It helps me connect with myself. ---->>>

My family was very conservative, and I had a traditional upbringing. I was not brought up to be a sex symbol, nor is it in my nature to be one. The fact that I became one is probably the loveliest, most glamorous and fortunate misunderstanding. ---->>>

My father came from a country called Bolivia. He was of Spanish descent. I never went to Bolivia until I was 60 years old, but apparently when he was 17, he had already planned his entire academic curriculum so that he could graduate high school and enter college in the United States. That's how much he wanted to come to this country. ---->>>

Oh I had crushes on all my leading men, I think. Oh, you know who I really had fun with? In this movie 'Mother, Jugs & Speed,' I really liked working with Harvey Keitel. ---->>>

People used to come knocking on my door saying, 'Your trouble is that you're a sex symbol who doesn't do enough sexy things.' I'd say to myself, 'You think that if you pressure me I'll fold.' But if I did it, all it would mean is that I sold out. ---->>>

To tell you the truth, when I came along in this business and thinking about being an actress, I had no idea things would get so graphic and nudey-orientated. I knew you had to have the physical appeal of a woman was always important thing in movies. But boy, in the '60s, there was no holds barred. You had to - everybody wanted you to get naked. ---->>>

We try to do too many things that used to be in the men's domain, and we try to do them like men's. I'm a prude - I guess you can tell that - but I think, 'Why would you do that?' ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 09-05, 1940
Birthplace: in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
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Occupation: Actress
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Raquel Welch (born Jo Raquel Tejada; September 5, 1940) is an American actress and singer. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. They lent her contract to a British studio, for whom she made One Million Years B.C. (1966) (wikipedia)