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Raquel Welch – Photos and Quotes

Raquel Welch

“Part of being a sex symbol is very flattering and it does help you get success in the business – but only to a point. You’re stuck with that moniker forever, and it does cloud people’s imagination. They just can’t see you being able to do anything else.”Raquel Welch

 

Raquel Welch

“In all those early casting meetings, they all said I couldn’t play the ‘girl next door,’ and I always wondered, ‘Next door to whom?’ – I looked around at the time and realized there were very few Latin actresses getting much work in Hollywood. But I also remember looking to Rita Hayworth as an example of a Latina who was a glamourous goddess, yet she managed never to be known as Latin. Nowadays, the joke is how much I’ve taken my Latin heritage out of the closet.”Raquel Welch

Source: Andrew Marton (2001)

 

Raquel Welch

“Everyone wants sex symbols to be vulnerable. Everyone wants a great beauty to pay.”Raquel Welch

Source: 1978

Photo: 1964

 

Raquel Welch

“I just want to entertain. You can keep your heavy message movies, your dirty sink pictures. I used to admire Sophia Loren until she started trying to act in the heavies. She didn’t need to. She had an image.”Raquel Welch

Source: Harrison Carroll

Photo: 1966

 

Raquel Welch 1967

“I’m emotional and impulsive, too. But when you’re on the set you can’t let your personal problems interfere with your work. It’s unprofessional. People won’t put up with fiddle-faddle. Production costs are too expensive. My success has been a bit scary. It’s frightening. I’d like to have had a longer apprenticeship. That’s why I’ve worked so hard – just to learn the mechanics of the industry….There is so much to learn – so many technical details. It’s up to you to find the right channels. All of a sudden you look around and there are a hundred  people – from hairdressers to electricians – who have something to do with what you have to do. You can’t simply give yourself over to them as if you were a blank sheet of paper and say, ‘Here, do me!’ But you do have to cooperate. You have to help them and let them help you.”Raquel Welch

Source: Hal Boyle (1968)

Photo: 1967

 

Raquel Welch Bedazzled 1967

“I think that I have a bigger image problem than anybody in Hollywood–the sex symbol thing. I try and try to get out of it, but it seems impossible.”Raquel Welch in 1976.

The photo is from the 1967 film Bedazzled.

 

“My reception heretofore has been based on glamour, physical appearance and comedy. Now I like to show I have other dimensions.”Raquel Welch

Source: Hal Boyle (1968)

Photo: Bedazzled (1967). With Dudley Moore.

 

Raquel Welch 1968

“I’m supposed to look like a young Rita Hayworth; it’s quite flattering, but I want to be just me. And although I know I have quite a nice figure, I’ve never considered myself a raver.”Raquel Welch

 

Raquel Welch 1968

Jayne‘s build-up was bosom-oriented and Marilyn posed in the nude, which I have never done. My build-up was based on the fact I had a certain figure. I’m greatful for that build-up because it was a launching pad for me. But it is not something personally satisfying or something I want to foster as the basis of my career.”Raquel Welch

Source: Hal Boyle (1968)

Photo: 1968

 

Raquel Welch

“Being thought of as nothing but a glamour girl is my biggest hate right now. It seems to be synonymous with being empty headed.”Raquel Welch

Source: Hal Boyle (1968)

Photo: 1968

 

Raquel Welch

“I’m well off. But up to now my pictures have been more lightweight than profound. I’d like to change my image.”Raquel Welch

Source: Hal Doyle (1968)

Photo: 1968

 

Raquel Welch Myra Breckinridge 1970

“I think all sex goddesses have basically been unhappy. I know we sound like ungracious asses, but it’s like being a shell and I’m tired of it. People don’t think I have ability and I think they’re wrong.”Raquel Welch

Source: 1970

Photo: Myra Breckinridge (1970)

 

Raquel Welch

“There aren’t any hard women, only soft men.” ― Raquel Welch

 

Raquel Welch

“Once in a while, one gets tired of doing westerns in Spain — or just doing a western.”Raquel Welch in 1970.

Source: Norman Goldstein

 

Raquel Welch

“I couldn’t stand that my husband was being unfaithful. I am Raquel Welch — understand?”Raquel Welch

 

 

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