Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage

Raquel Beyond the Cleavage She didn t hatch out of an eagle s nest circa One Million Years B C clad in a skimpy fur bikini She didn t aspire to fame as a sex symbol Yet for many years after making her Hollywood entrance as ev

  • Title: Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage
  • Author: Raquel Welch
  • ISBN: 9781602860971
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Hardcover
  • She didn t hatch out of an eagle s nest, circa One Million Years B.C clad in a skimpy fur bikini She didn t aspire to fame as a sex symbol Yet, for many years after making her Hollywood entrance as every man s fantasy, Raquel Welch was best known for her beauty and sex appeal A private person, she allowed people to draw their own conclusions from her public image NowShe didn t hatch out of an eagle s nest, circa One Million Years B.C clad in a skimpy fur bikini She didn t aspire to fame as a sex symbol Yet, for many years after making her Hollywood entrance as every man s fantasy, Raquel Welch was best known for her beauty and sex appeal A private person, she allowed people to draw their own conclusions from her public image Now, Raquel Welch is ready to speak her mind And, with the luxury of hindsight and the benefit of experience, she has plenty to share about the art of being a woman even men will find it enlightening to read about what makes her tick In Beyond the Cleavage, Raquel Welch talks, woman to woman, about her views on all that comes with being a member of the female sex love, sex, style, health, body image, career, family, forgiveness, aging, and coming of age Looking back on her life, she lets women in on her childhood, dominated by a volatile father her first love, marriage, and divorce her early struggles as a single working mother in Hollywood her battles for roles and respect as an actress and her daring decision never to lie about her age Looking forward, she offers women a compass to guide them at every crossroad of life, from menopause through the empty nest years, to dating younger men and beyond Along with bringing baby boomers into her confidence she offers essential tips for staying motivated and positive past fifty, as well as divulging her secrets for fabulous hair and makeup she even talks to today s younger generation of women about the importance of carrying themselves with dignity and self respect With warmth, humor, conviction, and honesty, Raquel reveals her approach to preventative aging, her life changing commitment to yoga, her recipe for eating right, her skincare regimen, her flair for fashion, and much Deeply personal Welch wrote every word herself no ghostwriter , Beyond the Cleavage is Raquel Welch s gift to every woman who longs to look and feel her best, and be at peace with herself.

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    1. Loved it! Nicely written in a format of "just" sitting down and talking. Beyond the Cleavage is NOT a memoir, but advice from someone who has been around 69 years, tried various beauty products, had her share of life's ups and downs including single parenting, step parenting, marriage/divorce, menopause, surviving empty nest, dating, dating men with children, dating younger men, Yoga, diet and exercise, finding peace with herself, forgiveness, going back to God and being a career woman! This boo [...]

    2. Far more than just a movie star's autobiography, this non-fiction book is a road map of how-to-live-your-life with a positive attitude and good health. Of course, as you would expect, Raquel does reveal the inside dope on her childhood, marriages, romances, family, travels,and acting career. She exams her mistakes and seems to have learned a great deal from them. Many celebrity photos are included. Naturally, generous time is spent on revelations about careers: beauty contests, the pin-up poster [...]

    3. Very motherly.I will be thinking about this book for a long time. Worth a reread down the line too.Was, and am still quite blown away by how much hard work goes into maintaining a Hollywood appearance even if one is born with good looks.Her struggles to keep to her moral code in her movie choices were inspiring as were her schnippettes about her private life and the importance of family. She still suffers for the choices she made that affected her young family. She keeps things pretty real.Havin [...]

    4. Had I not seen Raquel interviewed on Oprah, I likely would not have picked up this book. The interview was intriguing and I was curious. Some of the book is a bit light, in my opinion, but overall, her information and advice on fitness, healthy life style, vitamins, and how to be the best you can be, was actually very interesting.

    5. This book came out last year (2010) when actress Raquel Welch was sixty-nine years old. It seems unbelievable as it feels like just yesterday when I was a child watching the movie “One Million Years B.C.” on television with my parents. At that time, she was declared “the most beautiful woman in the world.” This 1966 movie by Twentieth Century Fox changed Raquel Welch making her a very famous sex symbol. However, as she explains in the book, she was actually a young single mother raising [...]

    6. This book is FANTASTIC!! Though not an auto-biography this delightfully intimate book does cover various parts of her life in-depth, her thoughts on motherhood, ageing, friendship, younger men, fitness, makeup, skincare, cosmetic surgery, dating, menopause and HONEST observations about how trashy the Paris Hilton/Madonna/pole dancing effect has negatively impacted women.Regarding some of the reviewers who express disappointment that some of her material is reprinted from "Raquel Welch: Total Bea [...]

    7. In the preface, she states she does "not recognize our country anymore, or the role of women in this world of vanishing morals.". She wants to impart a message to women of her personal philosophies on being a woman, health strategies as we age, personal appearance, and the future for women. She sets out to destroy a myth of herself as a sex symbol. I really felt she was authentic throughout this book - while I didn't agree with everything, I can appreciate her honesty of telling her story and ho [...]

    8. 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. This book is not a memoir, as she makes clear early on. It's her giving tips to women for how to live a happy, beautiful life--with a few stories of her life and career mixed in. Too bad because she should dish on the many famous people she knew and slept with.While I admire her politically incorrect stances (she's almost conservative in being very pro-marriage, [...]

    9. I became aware of Beyond the Cleavage while listening to Oprah on Sirius radio. As a baby boomer, I could relate to parts of the Oprah interview with the aging actress and found the title intriguing. I got a copy from my local library along with Robin Given's Grace Will Lead Me home. (a very relatable memoir; even though I share very little in common with the author. While I applaud Welch for venturing to put "in her own voice" a book that chronicle her personal journey; I found myself skipping [...]

    10. Started well but went downhill very quickly. I admire any woman who has carved out a successful career for herself whilst raising a family in sometimes difficult circumstances, but by the end of this book, I was over her complete self involvement and shallow values. Her advice to women her age (and my age!) was at times ridiculous (how to choose the right plastic surgeon?) and I got the impression that she lives in a very rarified atmosphere of self indulgence. It's all about how you LOOK to eve [...]

    11. I don't read a lot of memoirs or biographies. I don't know if there is a proper way to review them, but I am giving this 5 stars as a woman-to-woman chat. Written by herself, without a ghostwriter, the book is an honest portrayal of Raquel's life beyond her persona as a sex symbol, including the early influences that shaped her and the challenges she's met along in life. She writes of her successes and failures with surprising candor and an upbeat attitude. I picked this up after seeing her in a [...]

    12. I used to know Raquel, when she was the billboard girl (in suitably sexy costumes, she carried the placard announcing the next act across the stage) on the Hollywood Palace, a vaudeville show my husband worked on as associate producer, late 60s - early 70s. Raquel and I are the same age; we both married and had children young. She was always a shy, private, nice person. I was hoping for an autobiography, but instead this is more of a book of her opinions and advice about feminism, diet, exercise [...]

    13. At first I thought, "Oh, she just dictated this to a ghost writer." But she claims not, and her friendly, feisty, tell-it-like-it-is voice comes through loud and clear. I'm in my early 50s and am always looking for inspiration from women who are living/have lived this age well. I found Ms. Welch's honesty refreshing, her stories entertaining, and her advice worth reading. Reading this was like sitting with her on the couch and having a long conversation - definitely worth a look.

    14. I was hoping she would give up some "juicy" stuff, but there was none. She is a victim to her historic popularity she signed a birthday card years ago to one of her children with "Raquel". Don't really know much about Raquel other than all of her beauty secrets/procedures. I think this book would have been a lot better if she put down her shield and wrote more about substantial things in life, not all of the superficial stuff.

    15. This is one stunning woman and she's happy to share her secrets with you up to a point. I found parts of this confusing, she often writes in circles. However, she makes it clear her regimens of diet, exercise and beauty are not for sissies. Much discipline and sacrifice are requried to look this amazing. I was really more interested in her personal story and felt there could have been more of that. Her family sort of disappears for two thirds of the book.

    16. Want to learn the history of this 70-year-old beauty? This book finally tells all about Jo-Raquel Tejada. See pictures with Elvis, Mae West, and gape at her children. Her mother lets you see where her beauty comes from. Enjoy the truth and enjoy the pictures. Overall, It was a fun "read" that I didn't spend much time with. It was akin to a mindless grocery-store magazine.

    17. I enjoyed learning more about Ms. Welch. I have always wondered what are her secrets for looking so fantastic well into her seventies. I also appreciated how she talked about having the pressure of being a sex symbol when in real life she was much more modest. What I loved most of all was her call for people to go back to the days when folks had morals. I can definitely agree with her on this.

    18. I thought she was Italian; I find out she's from Chicago. The book is a few years old so her beauty and diet advice isn't current. And some sex symbol; she doesn't become famous until she has 2 kids.It's really not that interesting; a lot of what she says is dated. And she's no diet or makeup expert either! I wonder why she wrote it !!

    19. This is one of those hybrid books that starts out like an autobiography, but turns out to be more of a guide to life instead. It is mostly geared for the woman in her 50's and older set, and younger women may get something out of it too, but a lot of Welch's opinions may grate on modern sensibilities. I would have liked a straight forward memoir.

    20. Women over 40 will enjoy Raquel's words of wisdom on everything from hair, makeup and stardom, to her rocky childhood, raising adult children, and her views on femininity and the sexualization of modern women. Her personal journey and philosophies.

    21. Liked her a lot. Good business sense. Successfully sued major studio for bumping her off for a younger actress. Her spiritual regimen and health habits are excellent -from her I learned about Bieler's Soup-this alone was worth reading her book.

    22. Raquel is a beautiful lady who is at a point in her life where she is philosophical about her life experiences. Some of her chapters were interesting but she is rather guarded and private which left me unsatisfied as a reader.

    23. As far as an autobiography of Raquel, it isn't. It's all about beauty, fitness, and nutrition. I did not want to learn this from her. I wanted to read about her life in the movies. Big waste of time and money unless you want beauty tips from her, which I don't.

    24. This is not a Hollywood tell all or major autobiography. This is more of a handbook or how-to book for life. I think she got enough questions about how she looks so good that she decided to write a book & be done with it. Interesting and fun to "hear" her voice.

    25. Interesting to learn the behind the scenes story of the woman, always defined by her sexuality and being a sex symbol. Thoroughly enjoyable, she seems like the good girlfriend you would like to have when she writes.

    26. Too many beauty tips for my taste, short on biographical material, controversial / bizarre opinions & gossip. Good effort though! I saw this at a library sale for $1 (paperback) and could not pass it by.

    27. Have you seen Raquel lately!? At 69 she still looks amazing, which is why I would totally trust the beauty, diet, and exercise secrets that she describes in this book. Plus, stories on her life as a single mother in Hollywood and morea must read for sure!

    28. I started this book but put it down after a couple of chapters. She is someone I am not particularly interested in and her story was boring to me.

    29. A very witty book! I found it interesting and found her personal opinions matched mine. Not alot of fluff but a good substantial read.

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