For more than 40 years, Raquel Welch has reigned as one of America's most famous sex symbols. Fans first took notice of the auburn-haired beauty in 1966, when she donned a doeskin bikini for the film One Million Years B.C.
Raquel went on to star in more than 30 movies and dozens of television shows—sharing the screen with leading men like Frank Sinatra. She took a turn on Broadway and also won a Golden Globe for her role in The Three Musketeers
. Offscreen, Raquel's successful wig line has made more than $500 million in sales.
Despite being a household name, Raquel has rarely spoken about her private life—until now. At age 69, Raquel is opening up for the first time in her deeply personal memoir, Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage
. "I thought when I came along in that [One Million B.C.
] poster I was a thing to be seen and not heard," she says. "By the time you get to 70, you might have a couple of things you'd like to say, and you might like to reach out and have a conversation with other women."