Raquel Welch deals with aging gracefully in new book

Thu Apr 8, 2010 6:52pm EDT
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By Basil Katz

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iconic actress and sex symbol Raquel Welch had to face the process of aging doubly -- as a woman and as an international celebrity famous by her body.

In her new book, "Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage," the American actress discusses getting older, starting a career at age 19 with two children in tow and reconciling her public persona with her private self.

"We can all agree that aging is challenging, but believe me, it can be even more so for a fading sex symbol," she says in the book.

Wearing a white blouse with a stripped vest and flared jeans Welch, 69, spoke to Reuters from a Manhattan hotel room about her film star image, the real Raquel and growing old.

"The thing about aging is that its got all these wonderful answers attached to it," Welch said, adding that age alone should never define a person.

"Look at me. I'm holding together just fine, I'm not doing it with no effort, I'm doing my yoga everyday -- an hour-and-a-half of that -- but really guys, what is the point of starting to lie about your age?

"I represent beauty, an idealized look to women and so they follow me when I do things," Welch explained.

But she admitted that, as an impulsive person, findings answers was not easy.   Continued...

<p>Iconic actress and sex symbol Raquel Welch in a publicity image for her new autobiography. REUTERS/Weinstein Books</p>