When Raquel rocked her career-defining bikini in 1966, the world saw her as an international sex symbol. In reality, she was the divorced mother of two young children who wanted to pursue a serious acting career. "When I first came to Hollywood, it was really clear that no actresses really had children. So I didn't really know which path my career would take."

Early on in the filming of One Million Years B.C., Raquel says she tried to approach director Don Chaffey with her ideas for a scene. "I say: 'Don, I've been thinking. I've been looking at the script and I've been thinking,'" she says. "And he said, 'Don't.'"

Soon, millions of copies of Raquel's iconic image were circulated around the world. In an instant, she was every man's fantasy. "Part of it was really flattering and fun," she says. "The other part was just really scary as hell."


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