I still remember my college roommate reading the poses to me out loud and doing an inadvertent somersault during "Standing A." I was given this new book, "Beyond the Cleavage" for my 32nd birthday yesterday. Feminism has turned too many women (especially under 30) off by not allowing alternate versions of "being liberated" into the fold.I guess 2nd wavers just hated RW because she's beautiful as she sure was cast out without a second glance. 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. Naturally, generous time is spent on revelations about careers: beauty contests, the pin-up poster 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. Part of what make this book exceptional though is that the author provides plenty of self help advice too. She exams her mistakes and seems to have learned a great deal from them. Naturally, generous time is spent on revelations about careers: beauty contests, the pin-up poster that launched her acting career, pros and cons of various movie roles, the stage/Broadway, as well as insights about certain studio heads, directors, agents, casting directors, and fellow actors. Written by Rachel herself, without a ghost writer, the book reveals a highly likable woman who comes across as articulate and well-read. You'll learn about the benefits of Yoga as a body enhancing practice and there are numerous makeup and beauty tips too.
This book offers advice to women of all ages on how to do . It was hard trying traveling and making movies and taking care of two small ones.
She said that one time when her son was a young boy, he asked her why she could not just be a “normal” mom. After her father died suddenly in his sixties, years later she helped her mother hook up with her high school sweetheart and they married. She says that she wrote the book herself without a ghostwriter and she says that she gained weight sitting at the computer. She writes as if she’s sitting down to lunch with her readers, which makes me wish I could actually sit down and have lunch with Ms. 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.
She writes about the relationship she had with her own parents. She also writes about her relationship with her siblings, in particular her sister Gayle. Regarding some of the reviewers who express disappointment that some of her material is reprinted from "Raquel Welch: Total Beauty and Fitness" DO note that other authors also do this and that she DOES flesh out the material in greater detail here.
I think it's a good call as the aforementioned book (A VERITABLE MASTERPIECE! Plus it is heartening to know that, unlike many other celebs who trend hop diets and exercise regimens, that the same tenets have worked for RW for so long and obviously so well. Welch has many and did what Ari Levy failed to do in "Female Chauvinist Pigs" , which was expose the stupidity of raunchy culture. Two kids by 21, going after her career as a single mother, never being financially supported by a man AND never acting vulgar or trashy to get press.
I'm a huge fan of Rocky Welch and have followed her career since I found a copy of Total Beauty and Fitness at Treehorn Books in Santa Rosa, when I was teen. I wish feminism had made less room for the "lipstick is oppression" credo and later the sleazy corporate vulgarity of Madonna and instead made more room for the multi-dimensional class acts like Raquel.