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Since her entree to the Hollywood scene in the 1960s, Raquel Welch has been a symbol of glamour and sex appeal whose honesty, high energy, and self-deprecating sense of humor are greatly admired by all her fans. She has won a Golden Globe for her role in The Three Musketeers, starred in many films, including One Million Years, B.C., which featured her classic iconic image of a cavewoman clad in a fur bikini, and played the role of a transsexual opposite Mae West in the cult favorite Myra Breckenridge.

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 an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Raquel Welch is an award-winning film, television, and stage actress. She has starred in more than 45 films, including One Million Years B.C., The Three Musketeers, and Legally Blonde, as well as the Broadway hit musicals Woman of the Year and Victor Victoria. She is the author of Raquel: The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program, an Icon Face of M.A.C. Cosmetics, and the current spokesperson for the Foster Grant eyewear. She lives in Beverly Hills.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; Reprint edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602861366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602861367
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I never expected to enjoy Raquel, Beyond the Cleavage as much as I did. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Who knew that Raquel Welch possessed such an engaging and entertaining writing voice? Apparently, her editors had a clue. And how brilliant for her to stick to a subject for which she has such obvious credibility: aging and beauty.

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.
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The read is Excellent/Very Good. The book is a straightforward talk to women that allows you to get acquainted with Raquel the person. The advice is sincere. It is a fun read. The health and beauty advise is valuable from an expert. The talk about hormones is helpful. The pictures are interesting but what I was hoping for was more updated pictures of Raquel's children - these pictures are the same as her exercise book from 20 years ago. Also, there are far better pictures of her from her collection than she chose. The pictures were otherwise good overall. She doesn't dish much gossip out on her leading men - taking the high road, but this could have been of some interest to the reader. The tips for aging well are worthwhile. I bought the Frownies upon her recommendation to relax my face muscles. I don't even use them much, but I see the instant difference. The vitamin recommendations and diet tips are also very good. Raquel lets women know about how women used to communicate, how they communicate now and how to better do so as women should in society. She has also established her spirituality and her religion again which is refreshing. What is so upsetting is that when I watch an old movie of Raquel's, I realize how much ahead of her time she was and how Hollywood did hold her back from using her for her real potential. Some people think she is just complaining - but she was the first sex symbol to do outdoor activities, such as riding a horse but she was knocked back then as being unfeminine - not athletic and progressive. Then, she kept her heritage under wraps until she was established. Her natural beauty and her attractiveness came from being multicultural but her natural attributes were questioned instead of being accepted as real.Read more ›
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Who would have guessed that Raquel Welch was a woman of the day? A woman who is not afraid to speak her mind, but one who does not step with the masses. She has a 'thing' about the sexuality of today, but she is not a prude. She believes that women should be feminine and that is her right, she has earned it.

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.
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Beyond the Cleavage is loads of fun. As you read the book, you can't help but feel you are sitting in Raquel's sunroom chatting over coffee. She makes everything so personal and you really feel as if you were right by her side during the ins and outs of her four marriages, her early acting career and her trials and tribulations of being a successful actress while trying to raise two small children.
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.
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