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Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage Hardcover – March 29, 2010
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Whether refusing to change her name to Debbie--because producers considered "Raquel" too ethnic--or to lie about her age, even to the detriment of her career, she has evolved elegantly over time into a true champion for women who defy traditional aging. In Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage, Raquel opens up about her internal struggles to age gracefully in the often-harsh spotlight of Hollywood and to make peace with the sometimes uncomfortable mantle of "sex symbol," at the same time dispensing precious tips to all women about staying young in mind and body. She discloses the challenges of hitting forty and suffering all the ensuing stereotypes; how to cope with fifty, menopause, and shifting gears; and continuing into your sixties, sometimes with the challenges of dating and decisions about cosmetic surgery, all the while laying bare her own experiences of aging and maintaining and successful acting career.
The book reveal the secrets of diet, exercise, and healthy living--including her early devotion to yoga and fitness--that she devised over the years, as well as the hair, makeup, and dressing tips that have allowed her to remain effortlessly beautiful into her late sixties. While her book will be a must-have for every woman in the baby boomer generation, her warm, often comically irreverent voice and her priceless advice, based on decades of experience in one of the toughest arenas for women, will have wide appeal. Raquel Welch remains one of the most vital and enduring female icons of her day. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This book delivers a beautiful, bright, and mature woman's perspective on such topics as yoga, menopause, plastic surgery, makeup, style, and relationships. It's not earth-shattering, expert, or wholly unique material, but it does provide a refreshing personal take on what it means to be a middle-aged or older woman in America today.
I will say that her publisher did her one disservice: using the subtitle, Beyond the Cleavage. It may lead people to assume that the book is just another ghost-written memoir about a sex symbol, when it is, in fact, a self-composed collection of Ms. Welch's valuable thoughts and experiences. I intend to give my mother a copy for Mother's Day this year.
Most of us know Raquel as the sex symbol and actress, and that is how her career was born. She wanted to be a serious actress, but her beauty got in the way. She never really accepted that, but she did learn to stand for her rights. She was never in a nude scene and her career may have suffered for that, at least that is what her agents told her. Raquel lived in California most of her life and married at a young age. She had two children and she says that first marriage was the best of her four. At some point the marriage went awry, and Raquel went to Hollywood and starred in her first film. The famous scene of Raquel in a tattered bikini of sorts chasing prehistoric monsters. She moved on to 47 films and had a wonderful career. Her two children were left with nannies, and it took time for Raquel to make that up to her children. It was not until she was in her later years that they became a close family. She has friends and family and if a man comes into her life that will be OK, but she is not out looking.
Raquel gives us a of minefield of beauty information that is quite helpful. Eye and face pads that help with wrinkles. Skin care dos and don'ts, and the regime that she uses every day to maintain her youthful skin and appearance. She talks about clothes and dating and looking your age. Raquel is into healthy eating and exercise, she has been her entire life.Read more ›
While she divulges many personal and somewhat private things about herself-- including a page devoted to the various famous men in her life--when it comes to the "staying young" remedies she discusses, you can never quite tell if she has tried some of the more dramatic ones such as cosmetic surgery, Botox and breast implants. But, she does offer a lot of pros and cons on each and sort of leaves it up to the reader to imagine whether or not her knowledge is purely academic or personal. Let's face it, one look at her picture on the book cover tells us whatever she has or hasn't done, it's all worked extraordinarily well. I mean, just look at her! She is absolutely gorgeous and 70 years old, to boot!
The book is full of fun little anecdotes of episodes throughout her life. I loved the chapters about her life as a young girl. She was the eldest of three children, with a very sweet mom and an uber- domineering father who invoked fear in the entire family. One day, she discovered an ability to finally stand up to him, which set her free to later learn to love and even perhaps understand him. Her knack for acting began at a very young age, as she often put on plays in the garage, complete with costumes and makeup.
I found it fascinating that Raquel Welch is one of the small contingent of Hollywood conservatives, who believes in individual responsibility and personal freedoms.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Raquel's book is just like her public persona--she's a big tease that reveals a little but doesn't even get close to going all the way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mediaman
Raquel's book is filled with practical advice for women 50 plus years or older.
One can most certainly see how, by following her disciplined regime, she has maintained her... Read more
She was our dream girl in the Vietnam era until Ann Margaret came along and
stole the hearts of the guys in DaNang. Read more
I had the pleasure of meeting Ms Welch years ago at a American Book convention. She is smart, personable and beautiful.Published 11 months ago by morganmares
Wife couldn't put it down, read it through same day I gave it to her!Published 12 months ago by Stingray