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Raquel Welch: We Were Sisters From Another Mother

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Raquel Welch, still stunning after all these years.

See for yourself Saturday night in the Lifetime TV movie, "House of Versace."  Raquel plays Donatella Versace's Aunt Lucia, and as she told Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day L.A., it's a role she wouldn't commit to playing until she knew who was playing Donatella.

And when she found out Gina Gerson was cast, she was in. "Everything depends on who plays Donatella. And Gina killed it. I hope she gets the recognition she's long deserved for her acting chops."

The movie tells a well-known story — the vicious murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace — but reminds viewers how his sister, the temperamental Donatella, almost squandered her brother's legacy through a series of terrible business decisions and the usual fashionista temptations of pills and cocaine.

The woman Raquel plays, Aunt Lucia, was a reserved woman who had no interest in fashion and who cared for the Versace's mother, Franca, the mastermind of the family brand, when she was ill.  As the New York Post tells it, Franca had a successful bridal gown business; Lucia's idea of fashion was a well-constructed suit, practical and understated in its elegance.  "When Franca was dying, she made Lucia promise to look after the kids," Welch said.

Fun Facts About Raquel Welch (Source: Wikipedia)

  • She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. They loaned her to a British studio where she made One Million Years B.C. (1966). Although she had only three lines in the film, the doe-skin bikini she wore became a best-selling poster that turned her into an iconic sex symbol and catapulted her to stardom.
  • As a young girl Raquel wanted to perform. She studied ballet from age seven to seventeen but gave it up after her instructor told her that she didn't have the right figure.
  • At age 14, she won a beauty title as Miss Photogenic, Miss Contour, While attending La Jolla High School she won the title of Miss Fairest of the Fair at the San Diego County Fair.
  • She got a job as a weather forecaster at KFMB, a local San Diego television station. Due to her demanding work schedule, she quit school. After her separation from James Welch, she moved with her two children to Dallas, Texas, where she made a "precarious living" as a model for Neiman Marcus and a cocktail waitress.

‘House Of Versace' airs Saturday night at 8:00pm on Lifetime.

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