People I'm telling you, when I was growing up in the '60s and early-'70s there was nothing hotter than the Raquel Welch poster from One Million Years B.C.
My parents would have freaked, well actually, my mother would have freaked if I had put it up in my room or even had it in my possession, so we would make special trips on our bikes to the local stationery store - which also carried posters - just to ogle at the poster and trade lascivious quips.
Of course, it wasn't just the poster - there was also nothing hotter than Raquel Welch, she simply embodied steaming female perfection for the time: outrageous body, huge eyes in a perfect and slightly exotic (Bolivian father) face, fierce and proud but with a certain vulnerability too. Great voice. Damn.
Raquel is back with a smoking 5-DVD collection of some of her better-known films: One Million Years B.C.; Bandolero!; Myra Breckenridge; Mother, Jugs & Speed; Fathom.
Welch was recently quoted as saying, "Americans have always had sex symbols. It's a time-honored tradition, and I'm flattered to have been one. But it's hard to have a long, fruitful career once you've been stereotyped that way. That's why I'm proud to say I've endured."
- The sexy star of 1966's One Million Years B.C., Bandolero! (1968) and 1970's quirky Myra Breckinridge is now one of the few silver-screen divas to be pinned with Hollywood's newest badge of distinction: a DVD collection honoring her career.
The Raquel Welch Collection, in stores this week from Fox Home Entertainment, $50, includes five of the star's best-known movies. In addition to B.C., Breckinridge and Bandolero!, the set includes Mother, Jugs & Speed, a 1976 comedy about an offbeat ambulance service co-starring Bill Cosby and Harvey Keitel, and the 1967 espionage spoof Fathom.
Welch, who at 63 has just finished shooting a new film, as yet untitled, with Burt Reynolds, is clearly pleased about the collection she helped to produce.
"It's certainly wonderful to have those things out there for a new audience," Welch says. "I just finished doing a commentary for another one of my films that's coming out soon on DVD, The Last of Sheila. It's almost like there's a movement afoot to have a Raquel Welch library of DVDs."